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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Joshua 10:15-27

It was a brave appearance, no doubt, which the five kings made when they took the field for the reducing of Gibeon, and a brave army they had following them; but they were all routed, put into disorder first, and then brought to destruction by the hail-stones. And now Joshua thought, his work being done, he might go with his army into quarters of refreshment. Accordingly it was resolved, perhaps in a council of war, that they should presently return to the camp at Gilgal (Josh. 10:15), till... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 10:27

And it came to pass, at the time of the going down of the sun ,.... Which was the time fixed by the law of God for taking down bodies that were hanged, Deuteronomy 21:23 , that Joshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees ; not from, any respect to them, but that they might not defile the land, as dead bodies in a ceremonial sense did, Deuteronomy 21:23 ; and this Joshua was the more careful of, as they were just entered into it, and were taking possession of it: and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 10:1-43

The great victory and its results. Many of the considerations which this passage suggests have been already anticipated. Thus the celerity of Joshua's march (verse 9) suggests the same set of ideas as Joshua 4:10 . The destruction of the cities teaches the same lessons as the destruction of Jericho; while the miraculous interposition in the battle of Beth-horon is hardly to be distinguished, as a source of spiritual instruction, from the destruction of Jericho. Again, the confederacy... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 10:27

At the time of the going down of the sun. See Deuteronomy 21:23 . Joshua set the example to the Israelites of a strict observance of the law. And we may observe that this law is only to be found in Deuteronomy. On the "Deuteronomist" theory we have to suppose that the Deuteronomist, with a lynx eye to the chance of recommending the provisions which he had invented, and to the importance of representing Joshua as a strict observer of them, inserted this piece of detail with an obvious... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Joshua 10:27-29

Joshua 10:27-29. They took them down That neither wild beasts might come to devour them, nor any of their people to give them honourable burial. Thus, that which they thought would have been their shelter was made their prison first, and then their grave. So shall we surely be disappointed, in whatever we flee to from God. And that day On which the sun stood still. Nor is it strange that so much work was done, and places so far distant were taken in one day, when the day was so long, and... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Joshua 10:1-43

Victory in southern Canaan (10:1-43)The five kings who between them controlled much of southern Canaan saw Joshua’s control of Gibeon as a threat to their security. They decided to conquer Gibeon and so stop any further move south by Israel (10:1-5).Joshua faced his biggest battle thus far. He knew that it would be a life-or-death struggle, but God encouraged him with the assurance of victory (6-8). God then helped make victory possible by causing some unusual changes in the weather that were... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Joshua 10:27

took them down. Compare Deuteronomy 21:22 , Deuteronomy 21:23 . read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Joshua 10:26-27

Ver. 26, 27. And afterward Joshua smote them, &c.— He hung these five kings; and at the sun-setting they were taken down from their gibbets by his orders, lest the land which God had chosen to inhabit should be defiled by their dead bodies. Deuteronomy 21:23. Thus the king of Ai had been before executed. Maimonides and the Samaritan Chronicle add, that, together with the bodies of the five kings, Joshua caused the instruments of their punishment, and all that had been used for the purpose,... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Joshua 10:16-27

The Israelites suffered no significant losses in the mopping up operation that followed. "No one uttered a word against" (Joshua 10:21) means no one lifted a finger in resistance against the Israelites (cf. Exodus 11:7).Putting one’s foot on the necks of one’s enemies was a symbolic act that represented complete subjugation in the ancient Near East (Joshua 10:24; cf. 1 Kings 5:3; Psalms 8:6; Psalms 110:1). The act also gave the Israelites greater confidence. Joshua strengthened the impact of... read more

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