Get Your Free Devotional From Tim Tebow

Joshua 11:13

13 Yet Israel did not burn any of the cities built on their mounds—except Hazor, which Joshua burned.

Read Joshua 11:13 Using Other Translations

But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn.
But none of the cities that stood on mounds did Israel burn, except Hazor alone; that Joshua burned.
But the Israelites did not burn any of the towns built on mounds except Hazor, which Joshua burned.

What does Joshua 11:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joshua 11:13

But as for the cities that stood still in their strength
Whose walls were not demolished when taken, as Kimchi and Jarchi interpret it, or that "stood upon their heaps" F25; upon an eminence, being built on hills and mountains:

Israel burned none of them;
but reserved them for their own habitations, being well fortified, and having no need of new walls being built to them, or being in a very agreeable situation:

save Hazor only, [that] did Joshua burn;
because it was the chief city where the scheme was formed, and the combination against Israel was made, and was the rendezvous of the confederate forces against them: the Jews have a tradition F26, that God said to Moses, and Moses said to Joshua, that he should burn it, and that only.


F25 (Mlt le) "super tumulum eorum", Montanus; "quae erant in collibus et in tamulis sitae", V. L.
F26 Bereshit Rabba, sect. 81. fol. 71. 1.
California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information  California - CCPA Notice