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Joshua 10

Five kings war against Gibeon.

Joshua 10:1 Now when Adoni-zedek King of Ierusalem had heard how Ioshua had taken Ai and had destroyed it, (for as he had done to Iericho and to the King thereof, so he had done to Ai and to the King thereof) and howe the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them, Joshua 10:2 Then they feared exceedingly: for Gibeon was a great citie, as one of the royall cities: for it was greater then Ai, and all the men thereof were mightie. Joshua 10:3 Wherefore Adoni-zedek King of Ierusalem sent vnto Hoham King of Hebron, and vnto Piram King of Iarmuth, and vnto Iapia King of Lachish, & vnto Debir King of Eglon, saying, Joshua 10:4 Come vp vnto me, and helpe me, that we may smite Gibeon: for they haue made peace with Ioshua and with the children of Israel. Joshua 10:5 Therefore the fiue Kings of the Amorites, the King of Ierusalem, the King of Hebron, the King of Iarmuth, the King of Lachish, and the King of Eglon gathered themselues together, and went vp, they with all their hostes, and besieged Gibeon, and made warre against it.

Joshua rescueth it.

Joshua 10:6 And the men of Gibeon sent vnto Ioshua, euen to the hoste to Gilgal, saying, Withdrawe not thine hand from thy seruants: come vp to vs quickly, and saue vs, & helpe vs: for all the Kings of the Amorites which dwell in the mountaines, are gathered together against vs. Joshua 10:7 So Ioshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of warre with him, and all the men of might.

Joshua 10:8 And the Lord sayd vnto Ioshua, Feare them not: for I haue giuen them into thine hand: none of them shall stand against thee. Joshua 10:9 Ioshua therefore came vnto them suddenly: for he went vp from Gilgal all the night. Joshua 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 vp to Beth-horon, and smote them to Azekah and to Makkedah.

God fighteth against them with hailstones.

Joshua 10:11 And as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going downe to Beth-horon, the Lord cast downe great stones from heauen vpon them, vntill Azekah, and they dyed: they were more that dyed with the hailestones, then they whom the children of Israel slewe with the sword.

The sun and moon stand still at the word of Joshua.

Joshua 10:12 Then spake Ioshua to the Lord, in the day when the Lord gaue the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he sayd in the sight of Israel, Sunne, stay thou in Gibeon, and thou moone, in the valley of Aialon. Joshua 10:13 And the Sunne abode, & the moone stood still, vntill the people auenged themselues vpon their enemies: (Is not this written in the booke of Iasher?) so the Sunne abode in the middes of the heauen, and hasted not to goe downe for a whole day. Joshua 10:14 And there was no day like that before it, nor after it, that the Lord heard the voyce of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel.

Joshua 10:15 After, Ioshua returned, and all Israel with him vnto the campe to Gilgal:

The five kings are mured in a cave.

Joshua 10:16 But the fiue Kings fled and were hid in a caue at Makkedah. Joshua 10:17 And it was tolde Ioshua, saying, The fiue Kings are found hid in a caue at Makkedah. Joshua 10:18 Then Ioshua said, Roule great stones vpon the mouth of the caue, and set men by it for to keepe them. Joshua 10:19 But stand ye not still: followe after your enemies, and smite all the hindmost, suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the Lorde your God hath giuen them into your hand. Joshua 10:20 And when Ioshua and the children of Israel had made an ende of slaying them with an exceeding great slaughter till they were consumed, and the rest that remained of them were entred into walled cities, Joshua 10:21 Then all the people returned to the campe, to Ioshua at Makkedah in peace: no man mooued his tongue against the children of Israel. Joshua 10:22 After, Ioshua sayd, Open the mouth of the caue, and bring out these fiue Kings vnto me forth of the caue.

They are brought forth,

Joshua 10:23 And they did so, & brought out those fiue Kings vnto him forth of the caue, euen the King of Ierusalem, the King of Hebron, ye King of Iarmuth, the King of Lachish, and the King of Eglon.

scornfully used,

Joshua 10:24 And when they had brought out those Kings vnto Ioshua, Ioshua called for all the men of Israel, and sayd vnto the chiefe of the men of warre, which went with him, Come neere, set your feete vpon the necks of these Kings: and they came neere and set their feete vpon their necks. Joshua 10:25 And Ioshua sayd vnto them, Feare not, nor be faint hearted, but be strong and of a good courage: for thus will the Lord doe to all your enemies, against whome ye fight.

and hanged.

Joshua 10:26 So then Ioshua smote them, and slewe them, and hanged them on fiue trees, and they hanged still vpon the trees vntill the euening. Joshua 10:27 And at the going downe of the sunne, Ioshua gaue commaundement, that they should take them downe off the trees, and cast them into the caue (wherein they had bene hid) and they layde great stones vpon the caues mouth, which remaine vntill this day.

Seven kings more are conquered.

Joshua 10:28 And that same day Ioshua tooke Makkedah & smote it with the edge of the sword, and the King thereof destroyed he with them, and all the soules that were therein, he let none remaine: for hee did to the King of Makkedah as he had done vnto the King of Iericho. Joshua 10:29 Then Ioshua went from Makkedah, and all Israel with him vnto Libnah, and fought against Libnah. Joshua 10:30 And the Lorde gaue it also and the King thereof into the hand of Israel: and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the soules that were therein: he let none remaine in it: for he did vnto the King thereof, as he had done vnto the King of Iericho.

Joshua 10:31 And Ioshua departed from Libnah, and all Israel with him vnto Lachish, and besieged it, and assaulted it. Joshua 10:32 And the Lord gaue Lachish into the hand of Israel, which tooke it the second day, & smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the soules that were therein, according to all as he had done to Libnah.

Joshua 10:33 Then Horam King of Gezer came vp to helpe Lachish: but Ioshua smote him and his people, vntill none of his remained.

Joshua 10:34 And from Lachish Ioshua departed vnto Eglon, and all Israel with him, & they besieged it, and assaulted it, Joshua 10:35 And they tooke it the same day, & smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the soules that were therein he vtterly destroyed the same day, according to all that he had done to Lachish. Joshua 10:36 Then Ioshua went vp from Eglon, and all Israel with him vnto Hebron, and they fought against it. Joshua 10:37 And when they had taken it, they smote it with the edge of the sword, & the King thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the soules that were therein: he left none remaining, according to all as he had done to Eglon: for he destroyed it vtterly, and all the soules that were therein.

Joshua 10:38 So Ioshua returned, and all Israel with him to Debir, and fought against it. Joshua 10:39 And when he had taken it, and the King thereof, and all the citie thereof, they smote them with the edge of the sword, and vtterly destroyed all the soules that were therein, he let none remaine: as he did to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the King thereof, as he had also done to Libnah, and to the King thereof.

Joshua 10:40 So Ioshua smote all the hill countreys, & the South countreys, and the valleys, & the hill sides, and all their Kings, and let none remaine, but vtterly destroyed euery soule, as the Lorde God of Israel had commanded. Joshua 10:41 And Ioshua smote them from Kadesh-barnea euen vnto Azzah, and all the countrey of Goshen, euen vnto Gibeon. Joshua 10:42 And all these Kings, and their land did Ioshua take at one time, because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel.

Joshua returneth to Gilgal.

Joshua 10:43 Afterward, Ioshua and all Israel with him returned vnto the campe in Gilgal.

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