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.
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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.