Now it came to pass, when Adonizedekking of Jerusalem had heardhowJoshua had takenAi, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;
That they fearedgreatly, because Gibeon was a greatcity, as one of the royalacities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty.3
Wherefore Adonizedekking of Jerusalemsent unto Hohamking of Hebron, and unto Piramking of Jarmuth, and unto Japhiaking of Lachish, and unto Debirking of Eglon,saying ,
Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smiteGibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.5
Therefore the fivekings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together , and went up , they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.
And the men of Gibeonsent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal,saying , Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.
So Joshuaascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour.8
And the LORDsaid unto Joshua,Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them standbefore thee.
9Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.10
And the LORDdiscomfited them beforeIsrael, and slew them with a greatslaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.11
And it came to pass, as they fled from beforeIsrael, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast downgreatstones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died : they were more which died with hailstonesthan they whom the children of Israelslew with the sword.12
Then spakeJoshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amoritesbefore the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.13
And the sun stood still , and the moonstayed , until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies . Is not thiswritten in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a wholeday.14
And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORDhearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORDfought for Israel.15
And Joshuareturned , and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.