Joshua 10
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The Sun Stands Still

1King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem eventually heard how Joshua had conquered Ai, utterly destroying it, doing to Ai and its king the same thing that he had done to Jericho and its king, and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were now living among them. 2So theya were terrified, since Gibeon was a large city, comparable to one of the royal cities, was larger than Ai, and all of its men had been warriors.

3So King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem sent word to King Hoham of Hebron, King Piram of Jarmuth, King Japhia of Lachish, and King Debir of Eglon. He told them, 4“Come over and help me, and let’s attack Gibeon, because it made a peace treaty with Joshua and the Israelis.” 5So the five kings of the Amorites—the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon—gathered their armies together and advanced with all of their armies toward Gideon, camped there, and laid siege to it.

6The Gibeonites sent word to Joshua at his camp in Gilgal: “Don’t abandon your servants. Come quickly, save us, and help us, because all of the kings of the Amorites who live in the hill country have attacked us.” 7So Joshua went up from Gilgal, along with his entire fighting force of mighty warriors with him.

8The LORD told Joshua, “Don’t fear them, because I have handed them over to you. Not one of them will withstand you.” 9So after an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua attacked them by surprise. 10The LORD threw the Amoritesb into a panic right in front of the armyc of Israel, which then slaughtered many of them at Gibeon. The Israeli armyd chased them along the road that goes up to Beth-horon, striking them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah. 11While they were fleeing in front of Israel and descending the slope of Beth-horon, the LORD rained down huge hailstones on them as far as Azekah, and they died. More died because of the hailstones than were killed by the Israelis in battle.e 12Later that day, Joshua spoke to the LORD while the LORD was delivering the Amorites to the Israelis. This is what he said in the presence of Israel:

“Sun, be still over Gibeon

Moon, stand in placef in the Aijalon Valley”

13So the sun remained still

and the moon stood in place

until the nation settled their score with their enemies.

This is recorded, is it not, in the book of Jashar?g

The sun stood in place

in the middle of the sky

and seemed not to be in a hurry

to set for nearly an entire day.

14There has never been a day like it before or since, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man, because the LORD was fighting on behalf of Israel.

15After this, Joshua returned to the camp at Gilgal with the entire fighting force ofh Israel.

Defeat of the Five Kings

16Meanwhile, the five kings had fled and hidden themselves inside a cave at Makkedah. 17Joshua was informed, “The five kings have been discovered hiding in the cave at Makkedah.”

18So Joshua gave an order, “Roll large stones up against the mouth of the cave and assign men to stand guard there, 19but don’t stay there yourselves. Instead, pursue your enemies and attack them from behind. Don’t allow them to enter their cities, because the LORD your God has delivered them into your control.”

20Now it came about that after Joshua and the Israelis had finished the battle,i destroying and scattering their survivors, who retreated into their fortified cities, 21the entire army returned safely to Joshua’s encampment at Makkedah. No one could speak so much as a single word against any of the Israelis.

22Then Joshua gave this order: “Unseal the mouth of the cave and bring out these five kings to me from the cave.”

23So they did. They brought out these five kings to him from within the cave: the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. 24When they had brought these kings out to Joshua, Joshua called for all the men of Israel and spoke to the leaders of the men who had gone out to war along with him, “Come close and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came near and put their feet on their necks.

25Joshua told the army,j “Don’t fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, because this is how the LORD will treat all of your enemies whom you fight.”

26After this, Joshua struck those kingsk down, executing them, and hanged them on five gallowsl until sunset. 27When evening had come, Joshua gave a command to remove the bodiesm from the gallowsn and bury them in the cave where they had hidden. The armyo sealed the mouth of the cave with large stones that remain there to this very day.

The Southern Campaign

28Joshua captured Makkedah that very day, and attacked both it and its king with swords, utterly destroying it along with every person in it, leaving no survivors. He dealt with the king of Makkedah the same way he had dealt with the king of Jericho.

29Afterward, Joshua and all of Israel passed on from Makkedah to Libnah, where they fought against Libnah. 30The LORD gave both it and its king into the control of Israel, and Joshuap executed both its kingq and every person in it with swords, leaving no survivors. He dealt with the king the same way he had dealt with the king of Jericho.

31Then Joshua and all of Israel passed from Libnah to Lachish, camped near it, and attacked it. 32The LORD gave Lachish into the control of Israel, and Joshua captured it the next day. He declared war on the city and executedr everyone in it, the same way he had treated Libnah.

33Then Horam king of Gezer appeared to help Lachish. So Joshua attacked him and his army, until he left no one remaining. 34After this, Joshua, accompanied by all of Israel, proceeded from Lachish to Eglon, laid siege to it, and attacked it. 35They captured it on that day, attacking it in battle. Then Joshua completely destroyed it that day, the same way he had dealt with Lachish.

36Then Joshua, accompanied by all of Israel, left Eglon for Hebron, where they attacked it, 37captured it, and executed its inhabitants—its king, all of its cities, and every person in it, leaving no one remaining, the same way he had dealt with Eglon. He completely destroyed it, along with everyone in it.

38Then Joshua returned, accompanied by the entire fighting force ofs Israel, to Debir, where they attacked it, 39captured it, its king, and all of its villages. They executed them, totally destroying it and everyone in it, leaving no one remaining. He dealt with Debir and its king just as he had dealt with Hebron, treating them the same way he had dealt with Libnah and its king.

40So Joshua conquered the entire land, the hill country, the Negev,t the Shephelah,u and the wilderness highlands, along with all of their kings. He left none of them remaining, but completely destroyed every living person, just as the LORD God of Israel had commanded. 41Joshua conquered them from Kadesh-barnea to Gaza, including the entire territory of Goshen as far as Gibeon. 42Joshua conquered all of these kings and their territories in one campaign, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. 43Then Joshua returned to the camp at Gilgal, along with the entire fighting force ofv Israel.

a 10:2 i.e. the inhabitants of Jerusalem
b 10:10 Lit. threw them
c 10:10 The Heb. lacks the army
d 10:10 Lit. They
e 10:11 Lit. Israelis by the sword
f 10:12 The Heb. lacks stand in place
g 10:13 Lit. the Book of the Upright; i.e. an ancient chronicle of Israel, apparently now lost. The first half of v. 13 rather than the quatrain following may be the citation.
h 10:15 The Heb. lacks fighting force of
i 10:20 Lit. slaughter
j 10:25 Lit. to them
k 10:26 Lit. struck them
l 10:26 Or trees
m 10;27 Lit. remove them
n 10:27 Or trees
o 10:27 Lit. They
p 10:30 Lit. he
q 10:30 Lit. both him
r 10:32 Lit. He struck it with the edge of the sword and
s 10:38 The Heb. lacks fighting force of
t 10:40 i.e. the southern regions of the Sinai peninsula
u 10:40 i.e. the verdant central lowlands of Israel; and so throughout the book
v 10:43 The Heb. lacks fighting force of

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