The Meaning of Joshua 11:20 Explained

Joshua 11:20

KJV: For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.

YLT: for from Jehovah it hath been to strengthen their heart, to meet in battle with Israel, in order to devote them, so that they have no grace, but in order to destroy them, as Jehovah commanded Moses.

Darby: For it was of Jehovah that their heart was hardened, to meet Israel in battle, that they might be utterly destroyed, and that there might be no favour shewn to them, but that they might be destroyed, as Jehovah had commanded Moses.

ASV: For it was of Jehovah to harden their hearts, to come against Israel in battle, that he might utterly destroy them, that they might have no favor, but that he might destroy them, as Jehovah commanded Moses.

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What does Joshua 11:20 Mean?

Context Summary

Joshua 11:16-23 - Much Land Yet To Be Possessed
We do not know how long the war lasted. Probably about seven years, Joshua 14:10 (forty-five less thirty-eight). It was only in David's reign that the Canaanites were finally subdued. Note that Joshua took the land and then gave it to Israel. So Christ received the fullness of the Spirit and all spiritual blessings as the Trustee of those who believe; but we must claim and appropriate our heritage. So at last there will be rest, Joshua 11:23.
With Joshua 13:1 begins the second division of this book. A Doomsday Book! How significant is the sentence, "Much land to be possessed." This is true of tracts of the Bible, seldom read by ordinary Christians; of regions of experience, such as those alluded to in Colossians 3:1-4; and of countries in the world which have never been trodden by the feet of the missionary!
Read also Joshua 13:13. What pathos it contains! Either they did not believe in God's assurances, or were too indolent to claim them!

Chapter Summary: Joshua 11

1  Diverse kings overcome at the waters of Merom
10  Hazor is taken and burnt
16  All the country taken by Joshua
21  The Anakims cut off
23  The land rests from war

What do the individual words in Joshua 11:20 mean?

For of Yahweh it was to harden - their hearts that they should come against in battle Israel that He might utterly destroy them [and] that no might receive they mercy but He might destroy them as had commanded Yahweh Moses -
כִּ֣י מֵאֵ֣ת יְהוָ֣ה ׀ הָיְתָ֡ה לְחַזֵּ֣ק אֶת־ לִבָּם֩ לִקְרַ֨את הַמִּלְחָמָ֤ה יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ לְמַ֣עַן הַֽחֲרִימָ֔ם לְבִלְתִּ֥י הֱיוֹת־ לָהֶ֖ם תְּחִנָּ֑ה כִּ֚י הַשְׁמִידָ֔ם כַּאֲשֶׁ֛ר צִוָּ֥ה יְהוָ֖ה מֹשֶֽׁה ס

What are the major concepts related to Joshua 11:20?

Major Themes

Main Subject Matters

Hardened Heart [7]
Harden Their Hearts [6]
God Hardens Hearts [4]
War against Israel [3]
Destruction without pity [3]
North Korea [3]
Produces moral insensibility [3]
Hardened Hearts [2]
Hardened In [2]
Ordered destruction [2]
Hardening Your Heart [2]
Israel hardened [2]
Joshua's challenge to [2]
God Hardening People [2]
Destroyed by Joshua [2]
The History of Israel's Stubbornness [2]
The Lord 's Case against Israel [2]
The Lord 's Mercy to Israel [2]
Those Who Are Against Israel [2]
A hardened heart [2]
A swift attack [2]
Challenging the Lord [2]
Declared obstinate [2]

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Romans 9:22-23 [2]
Exodus 9:16 [2]
Deuteronomy 2:30 [2]
Exodus 14:17 [2]
Isaiah 6:9-10 [1]
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