10Adoni-zedek, king of Jerusalem, heard that Joshua had captured and completely destroyed Ai and killed its king, just as he had destroyed the town of Jericho and killed its king. He also learned that the Gibeonites had made peace with Israel and were now their allies.H139H4428H3389H8085H3588H3091H3920H5857H2763H6213H3405H4428H6213H5857H4428H3427H1391H7999H3478H7130 2He and his people became very afraid when they heard all this because Gibeon was a large town—as large as the royal cities and larger than Ai. And the Gibeonite men were strong warriors.H3372H3966H1391H1419H5892H259H4467H5892H1419H5857H582H1368 3So King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem sent messengers to several other kings: Hoham of Hebron, Piram of Jarmuth, Japhia of Lachish, and Debir of Eglon.H139H4428H3389H7971H1944H4428H2275H6502H4428H3412H3309H4428H3923H1688H4428H5700H559 4"Come and help me destroy Gibeon," he urged them, "for they have made peace with Joshua and the people of Israel."H5927H5826H5221H1391H7999H3091H1121H3478 5So these five Amorite kings combined their armies for a united attack. They moved all their troops into place and attacked Gibeon.H2568H4428H567H4428H3389H4428H2275H4428H3412H4428H3923H4428H5700H622H5927H4264H2583H1391H3898 6The men of Gibeon quickly sent messengers to Joshua at his camp in Gilgal. "Don't abandon your servants now!" they pleaded. "Come at once! Save us! Help us! For all the Amorite kings who live in the hill country have joined forces to attack us."H582H1391H7971H3091H4264H1537H559H7503H3027H5650H5927H4120H3467H5826H4428H567H3427H2022H6908 7So Joshua and his entire army, including his best warriors, left Gilgal and set out for Gibeon.H3091H5927H1537H5971H4421H1368H2428 8"Do not be afraid of them," the LORD said to Joshua, "for I have given you victory over them. Not a single one of them will be able to stand up to you."H3068H559H3091H3372H5414H3027H376H5975H6440 9Joshua traveled all night from Gilgal and took the Amorite armies by surprise.H3091H935H6597H5927H1537H3915 10The LORD threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered great numbers of them at Gibeon. Then the Israelites chased the enemy along the road to Beth-horon, killing them all along the way to Azekah and Makkedah.H3068H2000H6440H3478H5221H1419H4347H1391H7291H1870H4608H1032H5221H5825H4719 11As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the LORD destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword.H5127H6440H3478H4174H1032H3068H7993H1419H68H8064H5825H4191H7227H4191H1259H68H834H1121H3478H2026H2719 12On the day the LORD gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the LORD in front of all the people of Israel. He said, "Let the sun stand still over Gibeon, and the moon over the valley of Aijalon."H1696H3091H3068H3117H3068H5414H567H6440H1121H3478H559H5869H3478H8121H1826H1391H3394H6010H357 13So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. Is this event not recorded in The Book of Jashar? The sun stayed in the middle of the sky, and it did not set as on a normal day.H8121H1826H3394H5975H1471H5358H341H1931H3789H5612H3477H8121H5975H2677H8064H213H935H8549H3117 14There has never been a day like this one before or since, when the LORD answered such a prayer. Surely the LORD fought for Israel that day!H3117H6440H310H3068H8085H6963H376H3068H3898H3478 15Then Joshua and the Israelite army returned to their camp at Gilgal.H3091H7725H3478H4264H1537 16During the battle the five kings escaped and hid in a cave at Makkedah.H2568H4428H5127H2244H4631H4719 17When Joshua heard that they had been found,H5046H3091H559H2568H4428H4672H2244H4631H4719 18he issued this command: "Cover the opening of the cave with large rocks, and place guards at the entrance to keep the kings inside.H3091H559H1556H1419H68H6310H4631H6485H582H8104 19The rest of you continue chasing the enemy and cut them down from the rear. Don't give them a chance to get back to their towns, for the LORD your God has given you victory over them."H5975H7291H310H341H2179H5414H935H5892H3068H430H5414H3027 20So Joshua and the Israelite army continued the slaughter and completely crushed the enemy. They totally wiped out the five armies except for a tiny remnant that managed to reach their fortified towns.H3091H1121H3478H3615H5221H3966H1419H4347H8552H8300H8277H935H4013H5892 21Then the Israelites returned safely to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah. After that, no one dared to speak even a word against Israel.H5971H7725H4264H3091H4719H7965H2782H3956H376H1121H3478 22Then Joshua said, "Remove the rocks covering the opening of the cave, and bring the five kings to me."H559H3091H6605H6310H4631H3318H2568H4428H4631 23So they brought the five kings out of the cave—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon.H6213H3318H2568H4428H4631H4428H3389H4428H2275H4428H3412H4428H3923H4428H5700 24When they brought them out, Joshua told the commanders of his army, "Come and put your feet on the kings' necks." And they did as they were told.H3318H4428H3091H3091H7121H376H3478H559H7101H582H4421H1980H7126H7760H7272H6677H4428H7126H7760H7272H6677 25"Don't ever be afraid or discouraged," Joshua told his men. "Be strong and courageous, for the LORD is going to do this to all of your enemies."H3091H559H3372H2865H2388H553H3068H6213H341H3898 26Then Joshua killed each of the five kings and impaled them on five sharpened poles, where they hung until evening.H310H3091H5221H4191H8518H2568H6086H8518H6086H6153 27As the sun was going down, Joshua gave instructions for the bodies of the kings to be taken down from the poles and thrown into the cave where they had been hiding. Then they covered the opening of the cave with a pile of large rocks, which remains to this very day.H6256H935H8121H3091H6680H3381H6086H7993H4631H2244H7760H1419H68H4631H6310H6106H3117 28That same day Joshua captured and destroyed the town of Makkedah. He killed everyone in it, including the king, leaving no survivors. He destroyed them all, and he killed the king of Makkedah as he had killed the king of Jericho.H3117H3091H3920H4719H5221H6310H2719H4428H2763H5315H7604H8300H6213H4428H4719H6213H4428H3405 29Then Joshua and the Israelites went to Libnah and attacked it.H3091H5674H4719H3478H3841H3898H3841 30There, too, the LORD gave them the town and its king. He killed everyone in it, leaving no survivors. Then Joshua killed the king of Libnah as he had killed the king of Jericho.H3068H5414H4428H3027H3478H5221H6310H2719H5315H7604H8300H6213H4428H6213H4428H3405 31From Libnah, Joshua and the Israelites went to Lachish and attacked it.H3091H5674H3841H3478H3923H2583H3898 32Here again, the LORD gave them Lachish. Joshua took it on the second day and killed everyone in it, just as he had done at Libnah.H3068H5414H3923H3027H3478H3920H8145H3117H5221H6310H2719H5315H6213H3841 33During the attack on Lachish, King Horam of Gezer arrived with his army to help defend the town. But Joshua's men killed him and his army, leaving no survivors.H2036H4428H1507H5927H5826H3923H3091H5221H5971H7604H8300 34Then Joshua and the Israelite army went on to Eglon and attacked it.H3923H3091H5674H5700H3478H2583H3898 35They captured it that day and killed everyone in it. He completely destroyed everyone, just as he had done at Lachish.H3920H3117H5221H6310H2719H5315H2763H3117H6213H3923 36From Eglon, Joshua and the Israelite army went up to Hebron and attacked it.H3091H5927H5700H3478H2275H3898 37They captured the town and killed everyone in it, including its king, leaving no survivors. They did the same thing to all of its surrounding villages. And just as he had done at Eglon, he completely destroyed the entire population.H3920H5221H6310H2719H4428H5892H5315H7604H8300H6213H5700H2763H5315 38Then Joshua and the Israelites turned back and attacked Debir.H3091H7725H3478H1688H3898 39He captured the town, its king, and all of its surrounding villages. He completely destroyed everyone in it, leaving no survivors. He did to Debir and its king just what he had done to Hebron and to Libnah and its king.H3920H4428H5892H5221H6310H2719H2763H5315H7604H8300H6213H2275H6213H1688H4428H6213H3841H4428 40So Joshua conquered the whole region—the kings and people of the hill country, the Negev, the western foothills, and the mountain slopes. He completely destroyed everyone in the land, leaving no survivors, just as the LORD, the God of Israel, had commanded.H3091H5221H776H2022H5045H8219H794H4428H7604H8300H2763H5397H3068H430H3478H6680 41Joshua slaughtered them from Kadesh-barnea to Gaza and from the region around the town of Goshen up to Gibeon.H3091H5221H6947H5804H776H1657H1391 42Joshua conquered all these kings and their land in a single campaign, for the LORD, the God of Israel, was fighting for his people.H4428H776H3091H3920H259H6471H3068H430H3478H3898H3478 43Then Joshua and the Israelite army returned to their camp at Gilgal.H3091H7725H3478H4264H1537
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