Now the five kings had fled1 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 completely2--almost to a man--but the few who were left reached their fortified cities.321
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 kings4 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 feet5 on the necks of these kings." So they came forward and placed their feet6 on their necks.
Joshua said to them, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.7 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 sunset8 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.928
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.10 And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.11
Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Makkedah to Libnah12 and attacked it.
The LORD also gave that city and its king into Israel's hand. The city and everyone in it Joshua put to the sword. He left no survivors there. And he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho.
Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Libnah to Lachish;13 he took up positions against it and attacked it.
The LORD handed Lachish over to Israel, and Joshua took it on the second day. The city and everyone in it he put to the sword, just as he had done to Libnah.
Meanwhile, Horam king of Gezer14 had come up to help Lachish, but Joshua defeated him and his army--until no survivors were left.
Then Joshua and all Israel with him moved on from Lachish to Eglon;15 they took up positions against it and attacked it.
They captured it that same day and put it to the sword and totally destroyed everyone in it, just as they had done to Lachish.
Then Joshua and all Israel with him went up from Eglon to Hebron16 and attacked it.
They took the city and put it to the sword, together with its king, its villages and everyone17 in it. They left no survivors. Just as at Eglon, they totally destroyed it and everyone in it.
Then Joshua and all Israel with him turned around and attacked Debir.1839
They took the city, its king and its villages, and put them to the sword. Everyone in it they totally destroyed. They left no survivors. They did to Debir and its king as they had done to Libnah and its king and to Hebron.1940
So Joshua subdued the whole region, including the hill country, the Negev,20 the western foothills and the mountain slopes,21 together with all their kings.22 He left no survivors. He totally destroyed all who breathed, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded.2341
Joshua subdued them from Kadesh Barnea24 to Gaza25 and from the whole region of Goshen26 to Gibeon.
All these kings and their lands Joshua conquered in one campaign, because the LORD, the God of Israel, fought27 for Israel.
Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.28