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Joshua 10:26

So afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees; and they hung on the trees until evening.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Adoni-Zedek;   Amorites;   Captive;   Cave;   Debir;   Hebron;   Jerusalem;   Makkedah;   Piram;   Prisoners;   War;   Thompson Chain Reference - Gallows;   Hanging;   Nation, the;   Punishments;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Amorites, the;   Trees;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Adonizedek;   Makkedah;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Prayer;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Adoni-Zedec;   Gibeon;   Hoham;   Piram;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Hanging;   Makkedah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Adoni-Zedek;   Amorites;   Hanging;   Hoham;   Japhia;   Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Adoni-Bezek;   Adoni-Zedek;   Israel;   Joshua;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Tree ;   Tree (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Adonizedec ;   Debir ;   Eglon ;   Gibeon ;   Hoham ;   Lachish ;   Makkedah ;   Sun;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Adonizedek;   Dehir;   Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;   Lachish;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Adonize'dek;   Jeb'usites;   La'chish;   Makke'dah;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Adoni-Zedek;   Deuteronomy;   Hoham;   Japhia (1);   Joshua, Book of;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Adonizedek;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Gallows;   Hoham;   Jebusites;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Smote - slew - and hanged them on five trees - Hanging alive seems a barbarous custom: among the Hebrews, criminals were first deprived of life; this was the debt required by justice: then they were hanged up, perhaps generally by the hands, not by the neck; this was done by way of example, to deter others from committing the crimes for which those had suffered: but they were never permitted to hang thus exposed all night, as this could have answered no purpose, either of justice or example, as they could not be seen in the night-season. One day also was deemed enough for their exposure, it being thought sufficient to show the public that justice had been executed; and to have exhibited them longer would have appeared to be a barbarous cruelty which attempted to extend punishment beyond the possible requisitions of justice. See the note on Deuteronomy 21:23.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 10:26". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-10.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And afterwards Joshua smote them and slew them,.... With the sword; either by his own hands, or by others whom he ordered to slay them:

and hanged them on five trees; to their shame and disgrace, and the terror of others:

and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening; by way of contempt of them, and as a spectacle of terror to others, especially to the inhabitants of Makkedah, and their king they were now besieging.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 10:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-10.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 10:26 And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.

Ver. 26. Hanged them on five trees.] See Joshua 8:26.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 10:26". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-10.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

He hanged them, after they were dead, as a brand of infamy, and for the terror and instruction of others.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 10:26". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-10.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And afterwards Joshua smote them and slew them, and hung them on five trees, and they were hanging on the trees until the evening.’

The necessary executions had then to follow, for YHWH had commanded the slaying of all Canaanites who would not leave Canaan. And after they were dead their bodies were hung on trees as a warning to all around of what would be done to them if they troubled Israel. News would soon spread and fear would fill the hearts of the hearers. But in accordance with the Law the bodies were taken down at sunset lest they defile the land (Deuteronomy 21:23). Note the repetition of the idea of slaying in order to emphasise the fact to listeners.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

26.Joshua smote them — Here observe, they were slain before they were hung. This summary infliction of capital punishment so abhorrent to the humane spirit of our Christian civilization, was in accordance with the character of that age and people, who would have construed mercy as cowardice. European nations in their wars with the semi-barbarous Orientals of modern times are compelled to adopt the severe war-code of those nations. Compare the note on Joshua 8:29.

Hanged them on five trees — As a mark of further indignity, and to strike the enemy with increased terror.

Until the evening — See on Joshua 8:29.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 10:26". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-10.html. 1874-1909.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(26) And hanged them.—Here the hanging appears to have been a token of disgrace after death. Upon the cross of the true Joshua, the enemies of the Israel of God are exhibited. “He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15).

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Joshua 10:26". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/joshua-10.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.
Joshua
Judges 8:21; 1 Samuel 15:33
hanged
8:29; Numbers 25:4; Deuteronomy 21:22,23; 2 Samuel 21:6,9; Esther 2:23; 7:9,10; Matthew 27:25; Galatians 3:13
Reciprocal: Genesis 40:19 - hang thee

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 10:26". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-10.html.