Joshua 6:21
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New International Version
They devoted the city to the LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it--men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

King James Bible
And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

Darby Bible Translation
And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city; both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

World English Bible
They utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, both young and old, and ox, and sheep, and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

Young's Literal Translation
and they devote all that is in the city, from man even unto woman, from young even unto aged, even unto ox, and sheep, and ass, by the mouth of the sword.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They utterly destroyed - both man, and woman, etc. - As this act was ordered by God himself, who is the Maker and Judge of all men, it must be right: for the Judge of all the earth cannot do wrong. Nothing that breathed was permitted to live; hence the oxen, sheep, and asses, were destroyed, as well as the inhabitants.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And they The Canaanites were ripe for destruction; and God was pleased, in- stead of destroying them by a pestilence, a famine, or an earthquake, to employ the Israelites as the executioners of his vengeance. Had an angel been commissioned to slay them, who would have charged him with iniquity or cruelty? In all public calamities infants are involved; and tens of thousands of infants die in great agony every year. Now, either God is not the agent in these calamities, (which opinion, though often implied in men's reasonings on these subjects, is not far from atheism;) or they must consist with the most perfect justice and goodness.


Joshua 9:24,25 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told your servants...

Joshua 10:28,39 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them...

Joshua 11:14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey to themselves...

Deuteronomy 2:34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city...

Deuteronomy 7:2,3,16 And when the LORD your God shall deliver them before you; you shall smite them, and utterly destroy them...

Deuteronomy 20:16,17 But of the cities of these people, which the LORD your God does give you for an inheritance...

1 Samuel 15:3,8,18 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling...

1 Samuel 15:19 Why then did you not obey the voice of the LORD, but did fly on the spoil, and did evil in the sight of the LORD?

1 Kings 20:42 And he said to him, Thus said the LORD, Because you have let go out of your hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction...

Psalm 137:8,9 O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewards you as you have served us...

Jeremiah 48:18 You daughter that do inhabit Dibon, come down from your glory, and sit in thirst; for the spoiler of Moab shall come on you...

Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying...

'And Joanna paved Rahab the harlot alive... and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day.'--JOSHUA vi. 25. This story comes in like an oasis in these terrible narratives of Canaanite extermination. There is much about it that is beautiful and striking, but the main thing is that it teaches the universality of God's mercy, and the great truth that trust in Him unites to Him and brings deliverance, how black soever may have been the previous life. I need not tell over again the story, told with such
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Jericho Itself.
We read, that this city was not only wasted by Joshua with fire and sword, but cursed also. "Cursed be he before the Lord, who shall rise up and build that city Jericho," Joshua 6:26. "Nor was another city to be built (says the Talmudists), which was to be called by the name of Jericho: nor was Jericho itself to be built, although to be called by another name." And yet I know not by what chance this city crept out of dust and rubbish, lived again, and flourished, and became the second city to Jerusalem.
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica

Cross References
Deuteronomy 20:16
However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.

Joshua 10:28
That day Joshua took Makkedah. He put the city and its king to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it. He left no survivors. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.

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