Joshua 10:17

17 When Joshua was told that the five kings had been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah,

Joshua 10:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.
ESV
17 And it was told to Joshua, "The five kings have been found, hidden in the cave at Makkedah."
NLT
17 When Joshua heard that they had been found,
MSG
17 Joshua was told, "The five kings have been found, hidden in the cave at Makkedah."
CSB
17 It was reported to Joshua: "The five kings have been found; they are hiding in the cave at Makkedah."

Joshua 10:17 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 10:17

And it was told Joshua
Either by some of his own people, or by some of the inhabitants of the land in his interest, who had observed it:

saying, the five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah:
this seems to make it appear that they were others, and not Joshua's soldiers, that found them; for had they, no doubt they would have seized them, and brought them before him, or slain them, unless they chose first to know his will concerning them, next expressed.

Joshua 10:17 In-Context

15 Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.
16 Now the five kings had fled 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.”