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Joshua 10:42

    Joshua 10:42 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because Jehovah, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And all these kings and their land Joshua took at the same time, because the Lord, the God of Israel, was fighting for Israel.

    Webster's Revision

    And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because Jehovah, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.

    World English Bible

    Joshua took all these kings and their land at one time, because Yahweh, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel.

    Clarke's Commentary on Joshua 10:42

    Did Joshua take at one time - That is, he defeated all those kings, and took all their cities, in One campaign; this appears to be the rational construction of the Hebrew. But these conquests were so rapid and stupendous, that they cannot be attributed either to the generalship of Joshua, or the valor of the Israelites; and hence the author himself, disclaiming the merit of them, modestly and piously adds, because the Lord Good of Israel fought for Israel. It was by this aid that Joshua took all these kings and their land at one time - in a single campaign. And when all the circumstances related in this chapter are properly weighed, we shall find that God alone could have performed these works, and that both reason and piety require that to Him alone they should be attributed.

    1. The principal subjects of this important chapter have been considered so much in detail in the preceding notes, that there is little room to add any thing to what has already been said. The principal subject is the miracle of the sun's standing still; and to assert that all difficulties have been removed by the preceding notes and observations, would be to say what the writer does not believe, and what few readers would perhaps feel disposed to credit. Yet it is hoped that the chief difficulties have been removed, and the miracle itself shown to have nothing contradictory in it. If, as is generally believed, the sun and moon were objects of the Canaanitish adoration, the miracle was graciously calculated to check this superstition, and to show the Israelites, as well as the Canaanites, the vanity of such worship, and the folly of such dependence. Even their gods at the command of a servant of Jehovah, were obliged to contribute to the destruction of their votaries. This method of checking superstition and destroying idolatry God adopted in the plagues which he inflicted upon the Egyptians; and by it at once showed his justice and his mercy. See the concluding observations on Exodus 12:51 (note).

    2. The same God who appeared so signally in behalf of his people of old is still the governor of the heavens and the earth; and, if applied to, will do every thing essentially necessary for the extension of his truth and the maintenance of his religion among men. How is it that faith is so rarely exercised in his power and goodness? We have not, because we ask not. Our experience of his goodness is contracted, because we pray little and believe less. To holy men of old the object of faith was more obscurely revealed than to us, and they had fewer helps to their faith; yet they believed more, and witnessed greater displays of the power and mercy of their Maker. Reader, have faith in God, and know that to excite, exercise, and crown this, he has given thee his word and his Spirit; and learn to know that without him thou canst do nothing.

    Barnes' Notes on Joshua 10:42

    At one time - i. e. in one campaign or expedition, which no doubt lasted some days, or perhaps weeks (compare Joshua 11:18).