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Joshua 10:29

Then Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Makkedah to Libnah, and fought against Libnah.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Captive;   Hebron;   Joshua;   Libnah;   Massacre;   War;   Thompson Chain Reference - Libnah;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Sieges;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Adonizedek;   Libnah;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Joshua the son of nun;   Palestine;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Prayer;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Libnah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Libnah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Joshua;   Libnah;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Eglon ;   Gibeon ;   Lachish ;   Libnah ;   Makkedah ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Makkedah;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;   Lachish;   Libnah;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Makke'dah;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Joshua (2);   Joshua, Book of;   Libnah;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Fought against Libnah - This city was near Makkedah, see Joshua 15:42, and fell to the tribe of Judah, Joshua 10:20, Joshua 10:42, and was given to the priests, Joshua 21:13. Sennacherib besieged it, after he had been obliged to raise the siege of Lachish. See 2 Kings 19:8; Isaiah 37:8.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Libnah - The word means “white” or “distinct,” and undoubtedly points to some natural feature of the spot, perhaps the “Garde Blanche” of the Crusaders, a castle which stood on or near the white cliffs which bound the plain of Philistia to the east opposite to Ascalon. It was in the southern part of the hill-country of Judah Joshua 15:42, and was one of the cities afterward assigned to the priests Joshua 21:13.

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

"And Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah: and Jehovah delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining in it; and he did unto the king thereof as he had done unto the king of Jericho."

Lilley defended this summary as being as good as any that could have been presented for the whole Southern Campaign.[36] Of course, the "summary" is not complete; what summary is? Nevertheless, it provides an excellent picture of the effective conquest of Southern Canaan. Lilley also pointed out that the campaign must indeed have been very successful because there are no further evidences of Canaanite influence after Joshua's times, despite the fact of all the old centers of that culture being mentioned right here.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Joshua 10:29". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/joshua-10.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Joshua passed from Makkedah,.... After he had taken it, and destroyed its inhabitants, and its king:

and all Israel with him; that is, all the men of war he took with him from the camp at Gilgal, from whence he went to the relief of Gibeon:

unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah; a city that fell to the tribe of Judah, Joshua 15:42. JeromF18De loc. Heb. fol. 92. M. says, in his time it was a village, in the region of Eleutheropolis, and was called Libnah; according to BuntingF19Travels of the Patriarchs, &c. p. 96. it was but two miles from Makkedah.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 10:29". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-10.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah:

All Israel — Namely, who were with him in this expedition.

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 10:29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah:

Ver. 29. Then Joshua passed, &c.] Like a wise general he pursueth his victories; which if Hannibal had done after the battle at Cannae, he might have taken Rome, which afterwards he would have done but could not. Hence one said of him, Vincere scis Hannibal, victoria uti nescis: Hannibal knew how to get a victory, but not how to use it.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 10:29". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-10.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

All Israel, to wit, who were with him in this expedition.

Libnah, a city of Judah, Joshua 15:42

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 10:29". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-10.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

29.Libnah, according to Stanley and Robinson, is the present Tel-el-Safieh, which is only a mile from Eleutheropolis, in the plain of Judah; but Van de Velde, with more probability, identifies it with Arak el-Menshyeh, a hill about five miles west of Eleutheropolis, and showing signs of having been an ancient fortified place. But the identity is far from certain. It was a city of Judah (Joshua 15:42) appropriated to the priests, Joshua 21:13. In the reign of Jehoram it revolted from Judah, (2 Kings 8:22,) and still later was besieged by Sennacherib. 2 Kings 19:8.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 10:29". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-10.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Libnah. Afterward one of the cities of the priests. Joshua 21:13. See note on 2 Chronicles 21:19.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 10:29". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-10.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(29) Then.—Better, simply and. The operations against Libnah are the commencement of a further stage of the campaign. Libnah has not been identified; but see Joshua 15:42.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Joshua 10:29". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/joshua-10.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah:
Libnah
This city was situated in the south of Judah, and in the district of Eleutheropolis, according to Eusebius and Jerome. It is probably the Libnah in the neighbourhood of which the Israelites encamped.
12:15; 15:42; 21:13; Numbers 33:20; 2 Kings 8:22; 19:8; Jeremiah 52:1
as he did
28; 6:21; 8:2,29
Reciprocal: 1 Chronicles 6:57 - Libnah;  Isaiah 37:8 - Libnah

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

29.Then Joshua. passed, etc We have now a description of the taking of the cities, out of which the army of the enemy had been raised; and herein God displayed his power no less wonderfully than in the open field, especially when the rapidity is considered. For although those who had fled hither in trepidation might have produced some degree of panic, still, when the fear was allayed, they might be useful for defense. (104) The garrison had been increased by their numbers. When, therefore, in a short period of time, Joshua takes all the cities, and gains possession of the smaller towns, the presence of God was conspicuously manifested in a success no less incredible than unexpected. For had they, when attacked, only shut their gates, as Joshua had not brought either ladders by which he might scale the walls, or engines by which he might throw them down, each siege might have been attended with considerable fatigue and delay. Therefore, when he takes one the following day, and another the very day after attacking it, these continued, easy, and rapid victories, are evidently beyond human agency.

Not without cause, then, in the end of the chapter, is the goodness of God expressly celebrated, as it had been made manifest that he was fighting for Israel, when Joshua at once took and vanquished so many kings, with their territories. Indeed, he could never, even in a course of inspection, have passed so quickly from city to city, had not a passage been divinely opened by the removal of obstacles. The miracle was increased when the king of Geser, who had come to the help of others, doubtless with full confidence in the result, was suddenly put to rout, almost without an effort, and did not even delay the advance of the Israelites. Those who were slain in the cities represent, as in a mirror, those whose punishment the Almighty holds suspended, while he actually takes vengeance on others. For though they plume themselves on the reprieve thus afforded them, their condition is worse than if they were immediately dragged to death. (105) It looks as if it would have been a dire calamity to fall in the field of battle; and making their escape, they seek safety within their walls. But what awaited them there was much more dreadful. Their wives and their children are butchered in their sight, and their own death is more ignominious than if they had perished sword in hand. Hence there is no reason to envy the reprobate the short time which the Lord sometimes grants them, because when they have begun to promise themselves safety, sudden destruction will come upon them. (1 Thessalonians 5:3.) (106) Meanwhile, let us learn not to abuse the patience of God when he defers to execute his judgment, and, instead of indulging in self-complacency when we seem to have been delivered from any danger, or when means of escape from it present themselves, let us reflect on the words of Jeremiah, (Jeremiah 24:2) that while the basket of early figs (107) had at least some savor, the other was so sour that they could not be eaten.

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