The LORD threw them into confusion1 before Israel,2 who defeated them in a great victory at Gibeon.3 Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon4 and cut them down all the way to Azekah5 and Makkedah.611
As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the LORD hurled large hailstones7 down on them from the sky,8 and more of them died from the hailstones than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.
On the day the LORD gave the Amorites9 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.10"
So the sun stood still,11 and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself ona its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.12 The sun stopped13 in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.
There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting14 for Israel!
Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.15
Now the five kings had fled16 and hidden in the cave at Makkedah.
When Joshua was told that the five kings had been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah,
he said, "Roll large rocks up to the mouth of the cave, and post some men there to guard it.
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."
So Joshua and the Israelites destroyed them completely17--almost to a man--but the few who were left reached their fortified cities.1821
The whole army then returned safely to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah, and no one uttered a word against the Israelites.
Joshua said, "Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out to me."
So they brought the five kings out of the cave--the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon.
When they had brought these kings19 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 feet20 on the necks of these kings." So they came forward and placed their feet21 on their necks.
Joshua said to them, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.22 This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight."
Then Joshua struck and killed the kings and hung them on five trees, and they were left hanging on the trees until evening.
At sunset23 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.2428
That day Joshua took Makkedah. He put the city and its king to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it. He left no survivors.25 And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.26