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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, 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, 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. 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. 5 And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.

Now the kings of the Northern section of Canaan begin to prepair for fighting against Israel. And this is a LARGE army! Jabin effectively gathers all the armies of the North to battle, and they move down to Merom to engage the Israelites. This are COULD be the area about 5 miles West of Nazareth which is at the Northernmost edge of the plain of Meggido. That is most likely a long valley area between Mt. Carmel and Jezreel.
This area is the site of many famous battles in the Old Testamen. Among them, Deborah's battle in Judges 4-5, Josiah's battle in 2Kings 9. Later it will be the sight of yet another great battle called ARMAGEDDON.

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. 7 So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them. 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. 9 And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.

Joshua led the Israelite forces from Gilgal (Chap. 10:43) NW and then North to this place where he received a word from God that the battle would be successful. He then engaged the huge army and defeated them soundly. God had told him to "hough," or cut the horses ankle tendons, and to burn the chariots.
We should do all we can to render Satan defenseless. Cut his feet out from under him, and take away his offensive weapons. This is done effectively by the Christian when we preach the gospel and live exemplory lives which offer no "foothold" to Satan for accusations against us (See Romans 16:20, and Ephesians 4:27).

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 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. 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. 13 But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn. 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. 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.

The Israelites saved all the cities except Hazor because that was the city that initiated the battle. It was the chief city among the area kingdoms at that time. The cities that were saved became homes for the Israelites. But the PEOPLE they killed. Notice verse 15. Joshua was careful to do all that God commanded.
When we follow the Word of God, the enemy is defeated and ruined.

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 the same; 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 slew them. 18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. 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. 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 favour, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Joshua led Israel to conquer all the land from the entering of Egypt (South) to Mt. Hermon (North). It was a long-term war, but Israel was victorious because God was with them.
None of the cities were saved from battle because their hearts were hardened toward Israel and they determined their own fate (see verse 20).
God already knew the condition of their hearts, and that's why He had decided to destroy them.

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. 22 There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained. 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.

We could probably insert the story of Caleb's conquest right here (See Joshua 14:6-15). But that's one of my FAVORITE Bible stories, so I'm gonna save it until we get to chapter 14.
Joshua's leadership, courage, and forthrightness and his enablement from God gave him the ability to lead all the battles which conquered virtually the whole land.
All the tribal possession were taken; however, all the tribes didn't complete the work and finish conquering their territories. Many of the Canaanite cities remained even though Joshua effectively subdued the whole land.
The territories were beaten down enough so that every tribe had the opportunity to go in and possess them. But some of them got that 20th century laxness and didn't complete the conquering.
We must remember though, that God sent Joshua to do a job, and Joshua did his job - and did it faithfully.


Chapter 12 is an historical account of all the kings which were defeated under Joshua's leadership. And the next chapter (chapter 13) begins the detailed account of dividing the land according to God's instructions fro the tribes of Israel.

I believe that Chapter 12 is a "footnote" to Joshua's faithfulness and dedication. What God sent him to do - he did! And God recorded the victories. If one follows these victories geographically, one will see that he subdued the WHOLE land!
Now the land is ready for tribal possession. God has effectively enabled and used Joshua's leadership to provide each individual tribe the privilege and ability to capture ALL their own territory.

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