10 Now it came to pass when Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem aheard how Joshua had taken bAi and had utterly destroyed it—cas he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to dAi and its king—and ehow the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them, 2 that they ffeared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty. 3 Therefore Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish, and Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4 “Come up to me and help me, that we may attack Gibeon, for git has made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.” 5 Therefore the five kings of the hAmorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, igathered together and went up, they and all their armies, and camped before Gibeon and made war against it.
6 And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp jat Gilgal, saying, “Do not forsake your servants; come up to us quickly, save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains have gathered together against us.”
7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he and kall the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor. 8 And the Lord said to Joshua, l“Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your hand; mnot a man of them shall nstand before you.” 9 Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal. 10 So the Lord orouted them before Israel, killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, chased them along the road that goes pto Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as qAzekah and Makkedah. 11 And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon, rthat the Lord cast down large hailstones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the children of Israel killed with the sword.
s“Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
And Moon, in the Valley of tAijalon.”
And the moon stopped,
Till the people had revenge
Upon their enemies.
uIs this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. 14 And there has been vno day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for wthe Lord fought for Israel.
15 xThen Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.
18 So Joshua said, “Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to guard them. 19 And do not stay there yourselves, but pursue your enemies, and attack their rear guard. Do not allow them to enter their cities, for the Lord your God has delivered them into your hand.” 20 Then it happened, while Joshua and the children of Israel made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they had finished, that those who escaped entered fortified cities. 21 And all the people returned to the camp, to Joshua at Makkedah, in peace.
22 Then Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings to me from the cave.” 23 And they did so, and brought out those five kings to him from the cave: the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.
24 So it was, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” And they drew near and zput their feet on their necks. 25 Then Joshua said to 2them, a“Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage, for bthus the Lord will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.” 26 And afterward Joshua struck 3them and killed them, and hanged them on five trees; and they cwere hanging on the trees until evening. 27 So it was at the time of the going down of the sun that Joshua commanded, and they dtook them down from the trees, cast them into the cave where they had been hidden, and laid large stones against the cave’s mouth, which remain until this very day.
criticized, lit. sharpened his tongue
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