1 Now it came to pass when Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had
taken Ai and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had
done to Ai and its king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and
were among them,
2 that they feared 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 strike Gibeon, for it has made peace with
Joshua and with the children of Israel.
5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the
king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered 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 at 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 all the people of war with him, and all the
mighty men of valor.
8 And Jehovah said to Joshua, Do not fear them, for I have delivered them into your
hand; not a man of them shall stand before you.
9 Joshua therefore came upon them suddenly, having marched all night from Gilgal.
10 And Jehovah routed them before Israel, struck them with a great slaughter at Gibeon,
pursued them along the way that goes to Beth Horon, and struck them down as far as
Azekah and Makkedah.
11 And it happened, as they fled before Israel and were on the descent of Beth Horon,
that Jehovah cast down large hailstones from the heavens upon them as far as Azekah, and
they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than the sons of Israel had killed
with the sword.
12 Then Joshua spoke to Jehovah in the day when Jehovah delivered up the Amorites
before the sons of Israel, and he said in the eyes of Israel: Sun, stand still over Gibeon;
and Moon, in the valley of Aijalon.
13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the people took vengeance upon
their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst
of the heavens, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
14 And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that Jehovah heeded the voice
of a man; for Jehovah fought for Israel.
15 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.
16 But these five kings had fled and hidden themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
17 And it was reported to Joshua, saying, The five kings have been found hidden in a cave
18 And Joshua said, Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to
19 And do not stay there yourselves, but pursue your enemies, and strike their rear guard.
Do not allow them to enter their cities, for Jehovah your God has delivered them into your
20 And it happened, while Joshua and the sons of Israel made an end of slaying them with
a very great slaughter, till they had finished, that those who had escaped entered fortified
21 And all the people returned to the camp, to Joshua at Makkedah, in peace. No one
moved his tongue against any of the sons of Israel.
22 And 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
24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua
summoned all the men of Israel, and said to the commanders of the men of war who had
gone with him, Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings. And they drew near
and put their feet on their necks.
25 And Joshua said to them, Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good
courage, for thus Jehovah will do to all your enemies against whom you fight.
26 And afterward Joshua struck them and killed them, and hung them on five trees; and
they were hanging on the trees until evening.
27 And so at the time of the going down of the sun, Joshua commanded, and they took
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.
28 On that day Joshua took Makkedah, and struck it and its king with the edge of the
sword. He utterly destroyed them; all the souls who were in it. He let none remain. He also
did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.
29 And Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, to Libnah; and they fought
30 And Jehovah also delivered it and its king into the hand of Israel; he struck it and all the
souls who were in it with the edge of the sword. He let none remain in it, but did to its
king as he had done to the king of Jericho.
31 And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, to Lachish; and they
encamped against it and fought against it.
32 And Jehovah delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, who took it on the second day,
and struck it and all the souls who were in it with the edge of the sword, according to all
that he had done to Libnah.
33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua struck him and his
people, until he left him none remaining.
34 From Lachish Joshua passed to Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped
against it and fought against it.
35 They took it on that day and struck it with the edge of the sword; all the souls who
were in it he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish.
36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, to Hebron; and they fought
37 And they took it and struck it with the edge of the sword; its king, all its cities, and all
the souls who were in it; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to
Eglon, but utterly destroyed it and all the souls who were in it.
38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and they fought against it.
39 And he took it and its king and all its cities; they struck them with the edge of the sword
and utterly destroyed all the souls who were in it. He left none remaining; as he had done
to Hebron, so he did to Debir and its king, as he had done also to Libnah and its king.
40 Thus Joshua conquered all the lands of the mountains, and the south and the lowland
and the wilderness slopes, and all their kings; he left no one remaining, but utterly
destroyed all that breathed, as Jehovah the God of Israel had commanded.
41 And Joshua struck them from Kadesh Barnea as far as Gaza, and all the land of
Goshen, even as far as Gibeon.
42 All these kings and their land Joshua took at one time, because Jehovah the God of Israel, fought for Israel.
43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.