It seems that the kings of the cities in Canaan “just didn’t get it.” They saw how the Israelites, with the help of God had conquered everything before them. Alliances had not worked before, but Jabin, king of Hazor sent to the kings of the remaining cities. They came together in camp to fight against Israel. Their armies included more men than could be counted because of their multitude and “very many horses and chariots.”
No problem. The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid because of them…” Joshua led the surprise attack against the armies and when the war was finally over, all of the kings and their cities had been destroyed. That concluded the initial quest for the Promised Land. More battles would be fought later after the tribes had settled. “Then the land rested from war.”
There had been two kings, Sihon and Og defeated by Moses as the children of Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land. Those lands on the eastern side of the Jordan River had been delivered to the tribes of Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh. God leading Joshua and his armies had defeated thirty-one additional kings on the west side of the Jordan.