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The Book of Joshua Chapter 11-13 (8 of 15)
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
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
Fresh after a successful military campaign against the
Southern Canaanite cities, now the Northern Canaanite
kings are attempting to come in mass against Israel to
destroy them. The size of this enemy coalition was
described as much people, even as the sand that is
upon the sea shore in multitude with horses and
chariots very many. Clearly a greater force than
Joshua and Israel had to deal with in the southern
campaign. These men had no rest because the first
military campaign was a continuous one until the
battles were done. So these men are exhausted and
needless to say it would be the worse time to have
someone come against you in battle.
5 And when all these kings were met together, they
came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to
fight against Israel.
So this massive military juggernaut from the North,
camped at Merom, a lake in the Northern part of
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.
Here comes the word of the Lord again to Joshua.
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