Bible: Joshua 11:1-11

Israel Defeats a Northern Coalition

11:1 When King Jabin of Hazor 1  heard the news, he organized a coalition, including 2  King Jobab of Madon, the king of Shimron, the king of Acshaph, 11:2 and the northern kings who ruled in 3  the hill country, the Arabah south of Kinnereth, 4  the lowlands, and the heights of Dor to the west. 11:3 Canaanites came 5  from the east and west; Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, and Jebusites from the hill country; and Hivites from below Hermon in the area 6  of Mizpah. 11:4 These kings came out with their armies; they were as numerous as the sand on the seashore and had a large number of horses and chariots. 7  11:5 All these kings gathered and joined forces 8  at the Waters of Merom to fight Israel.

11:6 The Lord told Joshua, “Don’t be afraid of them, for about this time tomorrow I will cause all of them to lie dead before Israel. You must hamstring their horses and burn 9  their chariots.” 11:7 Joshua and his whole army caught them by surprise at the Waters of Merom and attacked them. 10  11:8 The Lord handed them over to Israel and they struck them down and chased them all the way to Greater Sidon, 11  Misrephoth Maim, 12  and the Mizpah Valley to the east. They struck them down until no survivors remained. 11:9 Joshua did to them as the Lord had commanded him; he hamstrung their horses and burned 13  their chariots.

11:10 At that time Joshua turned, captured Hazor, 14  and struck down its king with the sword, for Hazor was at that time 15  the leader of all these kingdoms. 11:11 They annihilated everyone who lived there with the sword 16 no one who breathed remained – and burned 17  Hazor.

NET Bible Study Environment