Joshua 11:13
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New International Version
Yet Israel did not burn any of the cities built on their mounds--except Hazor, which Joshua burned.

New Living Translation
But the Israelites did not burn any of the towns built on mounds except Hazor, which Joshua burned.

English Standard Version
But none of the cities that stood on mounds did Israel burn, except Hazor alone; that Joshua burned.

New American Standard Bible
However, Israel did not burn any cities that stood on their mounds, except Hazor alone, which Joshua burned.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, Israel did not burn any of the cities that stood on their mounds except Hazor, which Joshua burned.

International Standard Version
However, Israel did not burn any of the cities that had been built on mounds of ruins, except for Hazor only, which Joshua burned.

NET Bible
But Israel did not burn any of the cities located on mounds, except for Hazor; it was the only one Joshua burned.

New Heart English Bible
But as for the cities that stood on their mounds, Israel burned none of them, except Hazor only. Joshua burned that.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Israel did not burn cities built on mounds. However, Joshua made an exception and burned Hazor.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But as for the cities that stood on their mounds, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only--that did Joshua burn.

New American Standard 1977
However, Israel did not burn any cities that stood on their mounds, except Hazor alone, which Joshua burned.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But of all the cities that stood on their hills, Israel burned none of them, excepting Hazor only, which Joshua burned.

King James 2000 Bible
But as for the cities that still stood in their strength, Israel burned none of them, except Hazor only; that did Joshua burn.

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

American Standard Version
But as for the cities that stood on their mounds, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Except the cities that were on hills and high places, the rest Israel burned: only Asor that was very strong he consumed with fire.

Darby Bible Translation
Only, all the cities that stood still upon their hills Israel did not burn, save Hazor alone, [which] Joshua burned.

English Revised Version
But as for the cities that stood on their mounds, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn.

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

World English Bible
But as for the cities that stood on their mounds, Israel burned none of them, except Hazor only. Joshua burned that.

Young's Literal Translation
Only, all the cities which are standing by their hill, Israel hath not burned them, save Hazor only, it hath Joshua burnt;
Study Bible
Northern Palestine Defeated
12Joshua captured all the cities of these kings, and all their kings, and he struck them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed them; just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded. 13However, Israel did not burn any cities that stood on their mounds, except Hazor alone, which Joshua burned. 14All the spoil of these cities and the cattle, the sons of Israel took as their plunder; but they struck every man with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them. They left no one who breathed.…
Cross References
Joshua 11:12
Joshua captured all the cities of these kings, and all their kings, and he struck them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed them; just as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded.

Joshua 11:14
All the spoil of these cities and the cattle, the sons of Israel took as their plunder; but they struck every man with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them. They left no one who breathed.
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But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn.

in their [heb] on their heap The Vulgate, Syriac, Onkelos and Weterland render {al tillom}, `on their hills.' As the cities of the plain might be easily attacked and carried, Joshua destroyed; but as those on mountains, hills, or other eminences, might be retained by him with little trouble, prudence would dictate their preservation

Jeremiah 30:18 Thus said the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's …

(13) The cities that stood still in their strength.--Literally, that stood on their mounds ("querant in collibus et in tumulis sit."--Vulg.). Comp. Joshua 11:20. We may fairly suppose that Jericho and Ai committed themselves to hostile measures against Israel, though they were not able to send forth armies against Joshua before they were attacked. Those who "stood still in their strength" are those who remained absolutely neutral in the war. "The men of Jericho fought against you" (Joshua 24:11).

Verse 13. - The cities that stood still in their strength. This is the rendering of the Chaldee version. The LXX. has κεχωματισμένας, heaped up, i.e., defended with mounds. Rather, on their hill ("in collibus et in tumulis sitae," Vulg.). As many of the towns in Italy, and the castles in Germany in the middle ages, so these Phoenician cities were placed upon hills, that they might be more easily defended. The various tribes of Palestine were no doubt continually at war, and, as regards these northern tribes at least, were not accustomed to subsist by commerce. Therefore each of these cities stood (the Hebrew עמד surely implies situation here) on its own hill, a detail possibly obtained from an eyewitness, who was probably struck by this feature of the district, a feature he had not observed before. The expression is used, however, as Masius observes, by Jeremiah (Joshua 30:18). Knobel observes that all the early versions have no suffix here. What he calls the "free translation," however, of the LXX. (which has αὐτῶν) requires the suffix, though the Vulgate requires none. We must not adopt the very plausible explanation of Knobel and others that Joshua burnt the cities in the valleys, but spared the cities on the hills, because they could be more easily defended (see Joshua 17:16; Judges 1:19, 34), since we read that Hazor alone was burnt. The word here translated hill (Tell, Arabic) is one with which we are familiar in the modern name of places in Palestine (see note on Joshua 8:28). But as for the cities that stood still in their strength,.... Whose walls were not demolished when taken, as Kimchi and Jarchi interpret it, or that "stood upon their heaps" (y); upon an eminence, being built on hills and mountains:

Israel burned none of them; but reserved them for their own habitations, being well fortified, and having no need of new walls being built to them, or being in a very agreeable situation:

save Hazor only, that did Joshua burn; because it was the chief city where the scheme was formed, and the combination against Israel was made, and was the rendezvous of the confederate forces against them: the Jews have a tradition (z), that God said to Moses, and Moses said to Joshua, that he should burn it, and that only.

(y) "super tumulum eorum", Montanus; "quae erant in collibus et in tamulis sitae", V. L. (z) Bereshit Rabba, sect. 81. fol. 71. 1.13. as for the cities that stood still in their strength—literally, "on their heaps." It was a Phoenician custom to build cities on heights, natural or artificial [Hengstenberg].11:10-14 The Canaanites filled up the measure of their iniquity, and were, as a judgment, left to the pride, obstinacy, and enmity of their hearts, and to the power of Satan; all restraints being withdrawn, while the dispensations of Providence tended to drive them to despair. They brought on themselves the vengeance they justly merited, of which the Israelites were to be executioners, by the command the Lord gave to Moses.
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