And from Lachish Joshua passed to Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped against it, and fought against it:
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Joshua 16:3. It was considerably to the northward of Joshua's present line of operations, and does not appear to have been captured at this time. He contented himself for the present with repulsing the attack made upon him, killed Horam (compare Joshua 12:12), inflicting a severe defeat upon his people, and then continued to pursue his conquests over the confederated kings and their allies in south Canaan.
28-42. that day Joshua took Makkedah—In this and the following verses is described the rapid succession of victory and extermination which swept the whole of southern Palestine into the hands of Israel. "All these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel. And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal."Eglon, a city of Judah, Joshua 15:39. Joshua 10:5,
and all Israel with him, and they encamped against it, and fought against it; it not surrendering at once, but attempted to hold out a siege.And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped against it, and fought against it:
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)34. Eglon] See on Joshua 10:3. He now marches eastward from Lachish to Eglon on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza; invests, takes, and destroys it with all its inhabitants.
On the same day on which the five kings were impaled, Joshua took Makkedah (see at Joshua 10:10), and smote the town and its king with the edge of the sword, banning the town and all the persons in it, i.e., putting all the inhabitants to death (many MSS and some editions adopt the reading אתהּ for אתם, as in Joshua 10:37), taking the cattle and the property in the town as booty, as in the case of Ai (Joshua 8:27-28), and treating its king like the king of Jericho, who was suspended upon a stake, to judge from Jos 8:2, Joshua 8:29, although this is not stated in Joshua 6.
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