Joshua 10:1-27 (New International Version)

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The Sun Stands Still

1 Now Adoni-Zedek1 king of Jerusalem2 heard that Joshua had taken Ai3 and totally destroyeda4 it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the people of Gibeon5 had made a treaty of peace6 with Israel and were living near them. 2 He and his people were very much alarmed at this, because Gibeon was an important city, like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were good fighters. 3 So Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem appealed to Hoham king of Hebron,7 Piram king of Jarmuth,8 Japhia king of Lachish9 and Debir10 king of Eglon.11 4 "Come up and help me attack Gibeon," he said, "because it has made peace12 with Joshua and the Israelites." 5 Then the five kings13 of the Amorites14--the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon--joined forces. They moved up with all their troops and took up positions against Gibeon and attacked it. 6 The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal:15 "Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us! Help us, because all the Amorite kings from the hill country have joined forces against us." 7 So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army,16 including all the best fighting men. 8 The LORD said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid17 of them; I have given them into your hand.18 Not one of them will be able to withstand you."19 9 After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise. 10 The LORD threw them into confusion20 before Israel,21 who defeated them in a great victory at Gibeon.22 Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon23 and cut them down all the way to Azekah24 and Makkedah.25 11 As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the LORD hurled large hailstones26 down on them from the sky,27 and more of them died from the hailstones than were killed by the swords of the Israelites. 12 On the day the LORD gave the Amorites28 over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: "O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.29" 13 So the sun stood still,30 and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself onb its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.31 The sun stopped32 in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting33 for Israel! 15 Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.34

Five Amorite Kings Killed

16 Now the five kings had fled35 and hidden in the cave at Makkedah. 17 When Joshua was told that the five kings had been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah, 18 he said, "Roll large rocks up to the mouth of the cave, and post some men there to guard it. 19 But don't stop! Pursue your enemies, attack them from the rear and don't let them reach their cities, for the LORD your God has given them into your hand." 20 So Joshua and the Israelites destroyed them completely36--almost to a man--but the few who were left reached their fortified cities.37 21 The whole army then returned safely to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah, and no one uttered a word against the Israelites. 22 Joshua said, "Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me." 23 So they brought the five kings out of the cave--the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon. 24 When they had brought these kings38 to Joshua, he summoned all the men of Israel and said to the army commanders who had come with him, "Come here and put your feet39 on the necks of these kings." So they came forward and placed their feet40 on their necks. 25 Joshua said to them, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.41 This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight." 26 Then Joshua struck and killed the kings and hung them on five trees, and they were left hanging on the trees until evening. 27 At sunset42 Joshua gave the order and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had been hiding. At the mouth of the cave they placed large rocks, which are there to this day.43
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