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And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:
and when the Lord your God delivers them before you and you
defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them.
Only in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes.
anything which a man sets apart to the Lord out of all that he has, of man or animal or of the fields of his own property, shall not be sold or redeemed. Anything devoted to destruction is most holy to the Lord.
Israel made a vow to the Lord and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.”
Israel has sinned, and
they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things.
All who fell that day, both men and women, were 12,000—all the people of Ai.
So they answered Joshua and said, “
Because it was certainly told your servants that the Lord your God had commanded His servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land before you; therefore we feared greatly for our lives because of you, and have done this thing.
All the spoil of these cities and the cattle, the sons of Israel took as their plunder; but they struck every man with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them. They left no one who breathed.
1 Samuel 15:3
Now go and strike Amalek and
utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”
And Moses said to them, “Have you
spared all the women?
So the Lord our God delivered Og also, king of Bashan, with all his people into our hand, and we smote
them until no survivor was left.
I brought you into the land of the Amorites who lived beyond the Jordan, and they fought with you; and I gave them into your hand, and you took possession of their land when I destroyed them before you.