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;
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.
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,
Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with
Joshua and with the children of Israel.
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.
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
So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the
mighty men of valour.
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.
Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.
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.
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.
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.
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 whole day.
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.
And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.
But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at
And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by it
for to keep them:
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 your hand.
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.
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.
Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings unto
me out of the cave.
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.
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.
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.
And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and
they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.
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.
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
Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought
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
And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and encamped
against it, and fought against it:
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.
Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his
people, until he had left him none remaining.
And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they
encamped against it, and fought against it:
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.
And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they
fought against it:
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.
And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought against it:
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.
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.
And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of
Goshen, even unto Gibeon.
And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD
God of Israel fought for Israel.
And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.