Joshua 11:9
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New International Version
Joshua did to them as the LORD had directed: He hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots.

New Living Translation
Then Joshua crippled the horses and burned all the chariots, as the LORD had instructed.

English Standard Version
And Joshua did to them just as the LORD said to him: he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots with fire.

New American Standard Bible
Joshua did to them as the LORD had told him; he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots with fire.

King James Bible
And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joshua treated them as the LORD had told him; he hamstrung their horses and burned up their chariots.

International Standard Version
Joshua dealt with them just as the LORD had told him: he hamstrung their horses and incinerated their chariots.

NET Bible
Joshua did to them as the LORD had commanded him; he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joshua disabled their horses and burned their chariots, as the LORD had told him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joshua did unto them as the LORD had commanded him; he hamstrung their horses and burnt their chariots with fire.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he hamstrung their horses, and burned their chariots with fire.

American King James Version
And Joshua did to them as the LORD bade him: he hamstrung their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.

American Standard Version
And Joshua did unto them as Jehovah bade him: he hocked their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he did as the Lord had commanded him, he hamstringed their horses and burned their chariots.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joshua did to them as Jehovah had said to him: he houghed their horses, and burned their chariots with fire.

English Revised Version
And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joshua did to them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.

World English Bible
Joshua did to them as Yahweh told him. He hamstrung their horses and burnt their chariots with fire.

Young's Literal Translation
and Joshua doth to them as Jehovah said to him; their horses he hath houghed, and their chariots burnt with fire.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1-9 The wonders God wrought for the Israelites were to encourage them to act vigorously themselves. Thus the war against Satan's kingdom, carried on by preaching the gospel, was at first forwarded by miracles; but being fully proved to be of God, we are now left to the Divine grace in the usual course, in the use of the sword of the Spirit. God encouraged Joshua. Fresh dangers and difficulties make it necessary to seek fresh supports from the word of God, which we have nigh unto us for use in every time of need. God proportions our trials to our strength, and our strength to our trials. Joshua's obedience in destroying the horses and chariots, shows his self-denial in compliance with God's command. The possession of things on which the carnal heart is prone to depend, is hurtful to the life of faith, and the walk with God; therefore it is better to be without worldly advantages, than to have the soul endangered by them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Joshua did unto them as the Lord bade him,.... Namely, in the following instances:

he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire; not consulting his own worldly interest or that of the people of Israel, but the command of God, which he carefully obeyed, and reserved none for himself or them, as David in another case afterwards did; see 2 Samuel 8:4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. Joshua did unto them as the Lord bade him—(See Jos 11:6). Houghing the horses is done by cutting the sinews and arteries of their hinder legs, so that they not only become hopelessly lame, but bleed to death. The reasons for this special command were that the Lord designed to lead the Israelites to trust in Him, not in military resources (Ps 20:7); to show that in the land of promise there was no use of horses; and, finally, to discourage their travelling as they were to be an agricultural, not a trading, people.

Joshua 11:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Northern Palestine Defeated
8The LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, so that they defeated them, and pursued them as far as Great Sidon and Misrephoth-maim and the valley of Mizpeh to the east; and they struck them until no survivor was left to them. 9Joshua did to them as the LORD had told him; he hamstrung their horses and burned their chariots with fire. 10Then Joshua turned back at that time, and captured Hazor and struck its king with the sword; for Hazor formerly was the head of all these kingdoms.…
Cross References
Genesis 49:6
Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.

Joshua 11:6
The LORD said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid of them, because by this time tomorrow I will hand all of them, slain, over to Israel. You are to hamstring their horses and burn their chariots."

2 Samuel 8:4
David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung all but a hundred of the chariot horses.

Nahum 2:13
"I am against you," declares the LORD Almighty. "I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard."
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