Northern Kings Defeated
11:1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor
had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon,
and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph,
11:2 And to the kings that were on the north of the
mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the
valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west,
11:3 And to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and
to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the
Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in
the land of Mizpeh.
11:4 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them,
much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in
multitude, with horses and chariots very many.
11:5 And when all these kings were met together, they came
and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight
11:6 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because
of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them
up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses,
and burn their chariots with fire.
11:7 So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him,
against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell
11:8 And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel,
who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and unto
Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and
they smote them, until they left them none remaining.
11:9 And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he
houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.
11:10 And Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor,
and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Hazor
beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms.
11:11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with
the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was
not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire.
11:12 And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings
of them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of
the sword, and he utterly destroyed them, as Moses the
servant of the LORD commanded.
11:13 But as for the cities that stood still in their
strength, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; that
did Joshua burn.
11:14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle,
the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but
every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they
had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe.
11:15 As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses
command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of
all that the LORD commanded Moses.
11:16 So Joshua took all that land, the hills, and all the
south country, and all the land of Goshen, and the valley,
and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the valley of
11:17 Even from the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir,
even unto Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon under mount
Hermon: and all their kings he took, and smote them, and
11:18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.
11:19 There was not a city that made peace with the
children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of
Gibeon: all other they took in battle.
11:20 For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that
they should come against Israel in battle, that he might
destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favor, but
that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.
11:21 And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims
from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and
from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains
of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities.
11:22 There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the
children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod,
11:23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that
the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an
inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by
their tribes. And the land rested from war.