Joshua 10:18

18 Joshua said, "Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and station men by it to guard the kings.

Joshua 10:18 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 10:18

And Joshua said, roll great stones upon the mouth of the
cave
To keep the kings in, that they might not make their escape, until he had convenient time to have them brought before him, and be treated by him as they deserved; and no doubt there were plenty of stones about the hill or mountain, in which this cave was, fit for this purpose:

and set men by it for to keep them;
as a guard upon them, to prevent their escape.

Joshua 10:18 In-Context

16 Now the five [defeated] kings had fled and hidden themselves in the cave at Makkedah.
17 It was reported to Joshua: "The five kings have been found; they are hiding in the cave at Makkedah."
18 Joshua said, "Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and station men by it to guard the kings.
19 But as for the rest of you, don't stay there. Pursue your enemies and attack them from behind. Don't let them enter their cities, for the Lord your God has handed them over to you."
20 So Joshua and the Israelites finished inflicting a terrible slaughter on them until they were destroyed, although a few survivors ran away to the fortified cities.