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Book of Joshua Chapter 11

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Chapter 11

Give It A Rest, Will You?

  • King Jabin of Hazor hears of the Israelites further conquests and gathers together the kings of Madon, Shimron, and Achshaph, along with the wandering tribes of the Chinneroth, Naphoth-dor, Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Hivites and Mizpah.
  • We dare you to say that list five times fast.
  • Ready…
  • Go!
  • Okay, welcome back.
  • This hodgepodge of an army gathers together at Merom to fight Israel.
  • This strategy didn't work for the last guys who challenged Israel, but for some reason this crew thinks it'll work for them. Good luck…
  • God tells Joshua not to fear for all their enemies would be vanquished.
  • Joshua leads the Israelites and slays the opposing army—shocking.
  • Joshua personally slays the king of Hazor and burns him, probably just to make sure he's really dead. People have a tendency to come back to life in the Bible (we're looking at you, Lazarus).
  • The Israelites take all the booty they can find.
  • In case you'd forgotten, Joshua is kind of like Moses 2.0: "Just as the Lord had commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses" (15).
  • Only two tribes make peace with Israel: the Gibeonites and some of the Hivites.
  • Generally speaking, the Canaanites didn't stand a chance of making peace with Israel, since God had "harden[ed] their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle" (20). Gee thanks, God.
  • Heart hardening is a bit of a pastime for God. He did the same thing to the Pharaoh back in Exodus.
  • The war of Canaan is finally over.
  • Joshua gives all the tribes their allotment of land.
  • He probably also takes a nap. A power nap.

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