But as for the cities that stood still in their
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.