And Israel vowed a vow unto the LORD, and said, If you will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.
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George Leo Haydock
Cities. Hebrew, "I will subject their cities to anathema, or utter destruction. "This vow they probably made at the place called Horma, or "Anathema "which was anciently called Saphaad, Judges i. 17. They fully executed their threat under Josue, who defeated the king of Hered, (Josue xii. 14,) though they destroyed, at present, whatever they could. Arad was afterwards rebuilt by Hobab.