You promised the Israelites that they could have all that land so You killed everyone for them. Accept the ones that tricked Joshua by lying where they came from.
I don’t understand why You didn’t kill them too, since they lied. I guess it’s because Joshua promised that they wouldn’t, and You don’t like liars (Jn 8:44, Rev 21:8), so now they have slaves.
King Jabin of Hazor heard of all these massacres and sent a message to King Jobab of Madon, King Shimron, King Achshaph, and to the kings 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, and to the Canaanite on the east and west.
Also to the Amorit, the Hittite, the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hibite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh.
“And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.
And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire”(Josh 11:5).
No city, but the Hivite, the people of Gibeon, made peace with Israel. Joshua and his army killed everyone and burnt their kingdoms.
All these kings fought against Joshua because God had hardened their hearts, as he had done with Pharaoh.
Below is a list of all the kings and kingdoms he destroyed so now he possessed their land, which is on the other side of Jordan:
Sihon King of the Amorites, Og King of Bashan, King of Jericho, King of Ai, King of Jerusalem, King of Hebron,King of Jarmuth, King of Lachish,King of Eglon, King of Gezer,King of Debir, King of Geder,King of Hormah, King of Arad,King of Libnah, King of Adullam,King of Makkedah, King of Beth-el,King of Tappuah, King of Hepher,King of Aphek, King of Lasharon,King of Madon, King of Hazor,King of Shimron-meron, King of Achshaph,King of Taanach, King of Megiddo,King of Kedesh, King of Jokneam of Carme,King of Dor, King of the nations of Gilgal,King of Tirzah(Josh 12:8-24).
Tell Beit Mirsim
Tell Beit Mirsim, located 15 miles (9.3 km) southwest of Hebron, was excavated in the late 1920s and the early 1930s.W.F.
Albright, a principal excavator of the site, believed it to be the Biblical Debir.
This identification is now widely rejected; Khirbet Rabud is now considered to be a better candidate for Debir, and no one knows the name by which Tell Beit Mirsim was known in Biblical times.
Even so, Albright’s careful excavation of Tell Beit Mirsim has helped to define the modern science of archaeology.
The story of Tell Beit Mirsim, a particularly informative site, helps us to understand the basics of archaeological methods.
In digging a site, it is important to be able to distinguish the strata for that site. Strata refer to the layers formed by successive occupations of a location.
Throughout the history of a city, newer occupation levels are built on top of older ones (i.e., earlier occupation levels are lower, with more recent levels closer to the surface).
For example, a city may have existed at a particular spot in the 12th century B.C. — until it was burned down by an enemy. Rebuilding could have occurred at some later time at the site, only for it to have been destroyed again.
For example, the presence of clearly defined burn layers at Tell Beit Mirsim have helped archaeologists to distinguish the various strata of that site.
Pottery helps to date the strata at a site. The use of pottery to fix a date for a stratum is referred to as “ceramic dating.”
Pottery samples were collected from Tell Beit Mirsim and compared to finds from other sites in Palestine.
Careful classification of excavated pottery at the Tell Beit Mirsim site helped to refine and establish the pottery – dating system.
Tell Beit Mirsim was unusual in that it held remains from ten different occupation levels, spanning the Early Bronze, Middle Bronze, Late Bronze and Iron periods.
Also, the site yielded excellent examples of the material culture of a Judean town during the monarchic period (when Israel and Judah were ruled by kings).
This evidence is useful for making comparisons to physical remains from other sites, especially those related to the archaeology of early Israel.
Periodically the tools of archaeology need to be refined. As an example, Albright attributed the final destruction of Tell Beit Mirsim to the Babylonians in 589-587 B.C.
Recent investigation, however, has indicated that its ultimate demise likely came at the hands of the Assyrians, as part of the campaign of Sennacherib in 701 B.C.
Based upon the new evidence supporting this dating adjustment, archaeologists have found it necessary to make minor adjustments in the ceramic chronology.