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God's Killings in Joshua

The book of Joshua can be summed up with the following words: "So Joshua ... utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded." (10:40) He did it to Jericho, Ai, Makkedah, Linah, Lachish, Gever, Eglon, Hebron, Debir, and 20 other cities. And he did it under God's command.

And God wasn't just an innocent bystander either. He was an active combatant. "The Lord God fought for Israel." (10:42) God slew them with a great slaughter and even "chased them along the way." Sometimes he "threw down great stones from heaven," and once he even stopped the sun from moving so that he and Joshua could get all their killing done in the daylight.

There are a couple other killings in Joshua that deserve mention: A family is burned and stoned to death (along with their animals) to punish the father for taking "the accursed thing", five kings are killed and hung on trees.

Here are the killings in Joshua

  1. The Jericho Massacre
  2. Achan and his family are stoned and burned to death
  3. The Ai Massacre
  4. God stops the sun so that Joshua can get his killing done in the daylight
  5. Five kings are killed and hung on trees
  6. Joshua utterly destroyed all that breathed as the Lord God commanded
  7. The genocide of the surrounding kingdoms: There was not left any left to breathe
  8. The Anakim: Some more giant killing

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