Five Kings Attack Gibeon
1 Now it came about when Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had captured Ai, and had utterly F100 destroyed it (just as R168 he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its king), and that the inhabitants of Gibeon had made R169 peace with Israel and were within F101 their land, 2 that he F102 feared R170 greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty. 3 Therefore Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent word to R171 Hoham king of Hebron and to Piram king of Jarmuth and to Japhia king of Lachish and to Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4 "Come up to me and help me, and let us attack F103 Gibeon, for it has made R172 peace with Joshua and with the sons of Israel." 5 So the five kings of the R173 Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered together and went up, they with all their armies, and camped by Gibeon and fought against it.
6 Then the men of Gibeon sent word to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, saying, "Do not abandon F104 your servants; come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites that live in the hill country have assembled against us." 7 So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all R174 the people of war with him and all the valiant warriors. 8 The LORD said to Joshua, "Do R175 not fear them, for I have given them into your hands; not one F105 of them shall stand before you." 9 So Joshua came upon them suddenly by F106 marching all night from Gilgal. 10 And R176 the LORD confounded them before Israel, and He slew F107 them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and pursued them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon and struck them as far as Azekah and Makkedah. 11 As they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, the R177 LORD threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died from F108 the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword.
12 Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
"O sun, R178 stand still at Gibeon,
And O moon in the valley of Aijalon."
13 So R179 the sun stood still, and the moon stopped,
Until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.
Is it not written in the R180 book of Jashar? And the R181 sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. 14 There was no day like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man; for the R182 LORD fought for Israel.
15 Then Joshua and all Israel with him returned to the camp to Gilgal.
Victory at Makkedah
16 Now these five R183 kings had fled and hidden themselves in the cave at Makkedah. 17 It was told Joshua, saying, "The five kings have been found hidden in the cave at Makkedah." 18 Joshua said, "Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and assign men by it to guard them, 19 but do not stay there yourselves; pursue your enemies and attack F109 them in the rear. Do not allow them to enter their cities, for the LORD your God has delivered them into your hand." 20 It came about when Joshua and the sons of Israel had finished slaying F110 them with a very great slaughter, until R184 they were destroyed, and the survivors who remained of them had F111 entered the fortified cities, 21 that all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace. No one uttered F112 a word against any of the sons of Israel.
22 Then Joshua said, "Open the mouth of the cave and bring these five kings out to me from the cave." 23 They did so, and brought R185 these five kings out to him from the cave: the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. 24 When they brought these kings out to Joshua, Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, "Come near, put R186 your feet on the necks of these kings." So they came near and put their feet on their necks. 25 Joshua then said to them, "Do R187 not fear or be dismayed! Be strong and courageous, for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies with whom you fight." 26 So afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged R188 them on five trees; and they hung on the trees until evening. 27 It came about at sunset F113 that Joshua gave a command, and they R189 took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and put large stones over the mouth of the cave, to this very day.
28 Now Joshua captured Makkedah on that day, and struck it and its king with the edge of the sword; he R190 utterly F114 destroyed it F115 and every person F116 who was in it. He left no survivor. Thus he did to the king of Makkedah just R191 as he had done to the king of Jericho.
Joshua's Conquest of Southern Palestine
29 Then Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Makkedah to Libnah, R192 and fought against Libnah. 30 The LORD gave it also with its king into the hands of Israel, and he struck it and every person who was in it with the edge of the sword. He left no survivor in it. Thus he did to its king just as he had done to the king of Jericho.
31 And Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Libnah to Lachish, and they camped by it and fought against it. 32 The LORD gave Lachish into the hands of Israel; and he captured it on the second day, and struck it and every person who was in it with the edge of the sword, according to all that he had done to Libnah.
33 Then Horam king of Gezer R193 came up to help Lachish, and Joshua defeated F117 him and his people until he had left him no survivor.
34 And Joshua and all Israel with him passed on from Lachish to Eglon, and they camped by it and fought against it. 35 They captured it on that day and struck it with the edge of the sword; and he utterly F118 destroyed that day every person who was in it, according to all that he had done to Lachish.
36 Then Joshua and all Israel with him went up from Eglon to Hebron, R194 and they fought against it. 37 They captured it and struck it and its king and all its cities and all the persons who were in it with the edge of the sword. He left no survivor, according to all that he had done to Eglon. And he utterly F119 destroyed it and every person who was in it.
38 Then Joshua and all Israel with him returned to Debir, R195 and they fought against it. 39 He captured it and its king and all its cities, and they struck them with the edge of the sword, and utterly F120 destroyed every person who was in it. He left no survivor. Just as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir and its king, as he had also done to Libnah and its king.
40 Thus Joshua struck all the land, the R196 hill country and the Negev F121 and the lowland and the slopes and all R197 their kings. He left no survivor, but he R198 utterly F122 destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded. 41 Joshua struck them from Kadesh-barnea even as far as Gaza, and all the country of Goshen R199 even as far as Gibeon. 42 Joshua captured all these kings and their lands at one time, because the R200 LORD, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. 43 So Joshua and all Israel with him returned to the camp at Gilgal.
F100: Or put under the ban
F101: Lit among them
F102: Lit they
F103: Lit smite
F104: Lit slacken your hands from
F105: Lit a man
F106: Lit he went up
F107: Lit struck
F108: Lit with
F109: Lit smite their tail
F110: Lit striking
F111: Lit and had
F112: Lit sharpened his tongue
F113: Lit the time of the going of the sun
F114: Or put under the ban
F115: Some mss read them
F116: Lit soul, and so throughout the ch
F117: Lit smote
F118: Or put under the ban
F119: Or put it under the ban
F120: Or put it under the ban
F121: I.e. South country
F122: Or put it under the ban
R168: Joshua 8:21f
R169: Joshua 9:15
R170: Exodus 15:14-16
R171: Joshua 10:23
R172: Joshua 9:15
R173: Numbers 13:29
R174: Joshua 8:1
R175: Joshua 1:5,9
R176: Deuteronomy 7:23
R177: Psalms 18:12f; Isaiah 28:2
R178: Habakkuk 3:11
R179: Habakkuk 3:11
R180: 2 Samuel 1:18
R181: Isaiah 38:8
R182: Exodus 14:14; Deuteronomy 1:30; Joshua 10:42
R183: Joshua 10:5
R184: Deuteronomy 20:16
R185: Deuteronomy 7:24
R186: Malachi 4:3
R187: Joshua 10:8
R188: Joshua 8:29
R189: Deuteronomy 21:22,23
R190: Deuteronomy 20:16
R191: Joshua 6:21
R192: Joshua 15:42; 21:13
R193: Joshua 16:3,10; Judges 1:29; 1 Kings 9:16f
R194: Numbers 13:22; Judges 1:10,20; 2 Samuel 5:1,3,5,13; 2 Chronicles 11:10
R195: Joshua 15:15; Judges 1:11; 1 Chronicles 6:58
R196: Deuteronomy 1:7
R197: Deuteronomy 7:24
R198: Deuteronomy 20:16
R199: Joshua 11:16; 15:51
R200: Joshua 10:14