1. Adonizedek king of Jerusalem came to know how Joshua had conquered and leveled Ai, doing to it and its king what he had done to Jericho and its king. He also knew how the Gibeonites had made peace with the Israelites and were living in their midst.

2. He feared greatly, for Gibeon was a very important city, a royal city greater than Ai and its men were very brave.

3. In view of this, Adonizedek sent for Hoham king of Hebron, for Aram king of Jarmuth, for Japhia king of Lachish and for Debir king of Eglon saying:

4. "Come and help me conquer Gibeon for it has made a pact with Joshua and the Israelites."

5. So the five kings of the Amorites - the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon - joined forces and set out, each one with troops. They encamped opposite Gibeon and surrounded it.

6. The Gibeonites sent word to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal: "Do not leave us alone, but come and help us, for all the Amorite kings who live on the mountains have united against us."

7. So Joshua left Gilgal that day with all his valiant warriors.

8. Then Yahweh said to Joshua: "Do not be afraid because I have placed them in your hands and no one among them will be able to stand up against you."

9. Joshua marched from Gilgal, journeying throughout the night and came upon the Amorites by surprise.

10. Yahweh defeated them. The Israelites gained a great victory in Gibeon and pursued the Amorites by the slope of Beth-horon up to Azekah and Makkedah.

11. As they were fleeing, Yahweh rained huge hailstones on them and pursued them up to Azekah, and they were killed. There were more who died because of the hailstones than by the sword of the Israelites.

12. On that day when Yahweh gave the Amorites over to them, Joshua addressed Yahweh and said in the sight of all Israel: "Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and you, moon, in the valley of Aijalon."

13. And the sun stood still and the moon stopped until the people had taken revenge on their enemies: so it is written in the Book of the Just, "The sun stood still in mid-heaven and did not hasten to set for almost a whole day.

14. There has not been a day like this before or after in which Yahweh obeyed the order of a man. It was Yahweh who fought for Israel."

15. Then Joshua and all Israel returned to the camp at Gilgal.

16. But the five kings fled and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.

17. And so it was told to Joshua: "We have found the five kings. They are hiding in a cave at Makkedah."

18. So Joshua ordered: "Roll great stones against the entrance of the cave and set men to guard it.

19. But do not stay there. Pursue your enemies and fall upon their rear. Do not let them return to their cities for Yahweh, our God, has placed them in our hands."

20. Joshua and the Israelites destroyed and finished them off. Only a few survivors were left who took refuge in the fortified cities

21. while all Israel returned unscathed to the camp with Joshua. Henceforth, no one dared challenge them.

22. Then Joshua ordered: "Open the entrance of the cave, take the five kings out and bring them to me."

23. They did this and brought the five kings before Joshua: the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Lachish, Jarmuth and Eglon.

24. Joshua assembled all Israel and said to the captains of the troops: "Come here and step on the necks of these kings." So they came near and put their feet on the necks of the kings.

25. Then Joshua said to them: "Do not be afraid or lose courage, be valiant and firm, for Yahweh will do so to all your enemies against whom you will fight."

26. Joshua immediately put them to death by hanging them on five trees until evening.

27. At nightfall, they took down the bodies of the kings and threw them into the same cave where they had hidden and closed it with great stones which remain there to this day.

28. On that same day Joshua seized Makkedah. He slew its king and its inhabitants. And he consecrated it and all that was in it in anathema to Yahweh, without sparing anyone. The king suffered the same fate as did the king of Jericho.

29. Then Joshua and all Israel went to attack Libnah.

30. Yahweh gave the city and its king to the Israelites, and they put to the sword all its inhabitants without sparing anyone. The king met the same fate as the king of Jericho.

31. From Libnah Joshua went to Lachish, laid siege to it and attacked it.

32. Yahweh also gave them this city and its king and inhabitants suffered the same fate as Libnah.

33. Then Horam king of Gezer came to help Lachish but Joshua destroyed him together with all his people without leaving anyone alive.

34. From Lachish he then went to Eglon; he besieged it and conquered it on the same day.

35. The king and the inhabitants of Eglon were also put to death by the sword. They consecrated the city in anathema as they had done to Lachish.

36. From Eglon they went to Hebron. Joshua conquered it together with

37. all the towns which were subject to it, put to the sword its king and all its inhabitants, without letting anyone survive. He consecrated it in anathema as he had dealt with Eglon.

38. Joshua and all Israel with him turned back to Debir and attacked it. He took it as well as the towns subject to it.

39. He put to the sword its king and inhabitants, consecrating them in anathema, without sparing anyone. Debir and its king received the same punishment as Hebron and Libnah.

40. In this way, Joshua struck the whole region of the Mountains, the Negeb Desert, the Plains and the mountain slopes with their kings. He did not let anyone survive but consecrated all living beings in anathema according to what Yahweh had commanded.

41. Joshua destroyed them all from Kadesh-barnea to Gaza and from Goshen to Gibeon.

42. Joshua defeated all these kings and seized all these lands in one single campaign because Yahweh fought for Israel.

43. Then he and all Israel returned to their camp at Gilgal.



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