“And Israel vowed a vow to the LORD and said, ‘If you will indeed give this people into my hand, then I will devote their cities to destruction.’ And the Lord heeded the voice of Israel and gave over the Canaanites, and they devoted them and their cities to destruction. So the name of the place was called Hormah.”
Vowed H5087: to promise to do or give something to God.
A vow H5088: a promise to God; a thing promised.
“It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay.”
“While Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.” So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him. All the people answered together and said, ‘All that the LORD has spoken we will do.’ And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD.”
“But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.”
“Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.”
Indeed give H5414 H5414: to give; appoint; assign; deliver; grant.
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.”
“The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.”
“And when the LORD your God gives it into your hand, you shall put all its males to the sword,”
Cities H5892: a place guarded by waking or a watch. From H5782: rather identical with H5783 through the idea of opening the eyes; to wake up; raise up. (H5783: to be bare; be made naked.)
“And the LORD said, ‘You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?’”
Destruction H2763: to seclude; to devote to religious uses (especially destruction); utterly slay.
“Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.”
“For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
And the LORD heeded the voice of Israel
Heeded H8085: to hear intelligently; attention; consent.
“If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?”
And gave over the Canaanites,
“Saying, ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan as your portion for an inheritance.’”
And they devoted them and their cities to destruction.
“However, they did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer, so the Canaanites have lived in the midst of Ephraim to this day but have been made to do forced labor.”
“But the people of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem, so the Jebusites have lived with the people of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.”
“Now when the people of Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not utterly drive them out.”
So the name of the place was called
Hormah H2767: devoted. From H2763: to seclude; to devote to religious uses (especially destruction); utterly slay.
“Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the Lord. Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it because of the evil of my people Israel.”