Sun Stands Still
10:1 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedec king of
Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly
destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he
had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of
Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;
10:2 That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great
city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater
than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty.
10:3 Wherefore Adonizedec king of Jerusalem, sent unto
Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and
unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon,
10:4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon:
for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of
10:5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of
Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king
of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together,
and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before
Gibeon, and made war against it.
10:6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to
Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come
up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the
kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are
gathered together against us.
10:7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people
of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor.
10:8 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I
have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man
of them stand before thee.
10:9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up
from Gilgal all night.
10:10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew
them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along
the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah,
and unto Makkedah.
10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel,
and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast
down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and
they died: they were more which died with hailstones than
they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.
10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the
LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of
Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou
still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until
the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not
this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still
in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a
10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it,
that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the
LORD fought for Israel.
10:15 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto
the camp to Gilgal.
Five Amorite Kings
10:16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves
in a cave at Makkedah.
10:17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are
found hid in a cave at Makkedah.
10:18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of
the cave, and set men by it for to keep them:
10:19 And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and
smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into
their cities: for the LORD your God hath delivered them into
10:20 And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of
Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great
slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which
remained of them entered into fenced cities.
10:21 And all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at
Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of the
children of Israel.
10:22 Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and
bring out those five kings unto me out of the cave.
10:23 And they did so, and brought forth those five kings
unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of
Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the
king of Eglon.
10:24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those
kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of
Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which
went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of
these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the
necks of them.
10:25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed,
be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to
all your enemies against whom ye fight.
10:26 And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and
hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the
trees until the evening.
10:27 And it came to pass at the time of the going down of
the sun, that Joshua commanded, and they took them down off
the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been
hid, and laid great stones in the cave's mouth, which remain
until this very day.
10:28 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote
it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he
utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were
therein; he let none remain: and he did to the king of
Makkedah as he did unto the king of Jericho.
10:29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with
him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah:
10:30 And the LORD delivered it also, and the king thereof,
into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of
the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none
remain in it; but did unto the king thereof as he did unto
the king of Jericho.
10:31 And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with
him, unto Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought
10:32 And the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of
Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with
the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein,
according to all that he had done to Libnah.
10:33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and
Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none
10:34 And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all
Israel with him; and they encamped against it, and fought
10:35 And they took it on that day, and smote it with the
edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he
utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had
done to Lachish.
10:36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with
him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it:
10:37 And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the
sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and
all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining,
according to all that he had done to Eglon; but destroyed it
utterly, and all the souls that were therein.
10:38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to
Debir; and fought against it:
10:39 And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the
cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the
sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were
therein; he left none remaining: as he had done to Hebron,
so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done
also to Libnah, and to her king.
10:40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of
the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all
their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed
all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded.
10:41 And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto
Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon.
10:42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at
one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.
10:43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto
the camp to Gilgal.