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Joshua 10

Five kings war against Gibeon.

Joshua 10:1 And it fortuned, that when Adonizedec kyng of Ierusalem had heard how Iosua had taken Hai, & had destroyed it, and how that as he had done to Iericho and her kyng, euen so he had done to Hai and her kyng, and how the Inhabitoures of Gibeon had made peace wyth Israell, and were amonge them, they feared excedinglye, Joshua 10:2 for Gibeon was a great cytie, as any cytie of the kyngdome, & was greater then Hai, and all the men therof were very myghtye. Joshua 10:3 Wherfore Adonizedec kyng of Ierusalem sent vnto Hoham kyng of Hebron, and vnto Pirea kyng of Iarmuth, & vnto Iaphia kyng of Lachis, and vnto Debir kyng of Eglon, saying: Joshua 10:4 Come vp vnto me, & healpe me, þt we may smyte Gibeon: for they haue made peace with Iosua and wyth þe children of Israell. Joshua 10:5 Therfore þe .v. kynges of þe Amorites, the kyng of Ierusalem, þe kyng of Hebron, the kyng of Iarmuth, the kyng of Lachis, þe kyng of Eglon geathered them selues to geather, they withall their hostes, & beseged Gibeon, and made warre agaynst it.

Joshua rescueth it.

Joshua 10:6 And the men of Gibeon sent vnto Iosua & to þe hoste to Gilgal, sayinge: withdrawe not thy hande from thy seruauntes, come vp to vs, to saue vs, & to helpe vs: For al the kinges of þe Amorites which dwell in þe mountaynes are geathered togeather against vs. Joshua 10:7 And so Iosua ascended from Gilgall, he and all the people of warre with him, & all the men of myghte,

Joshua 10:8 and the Lord sayde vnto Iosua, feare them not, for I haue delyuered them into thyne hande. Nether shal any of them stande agaynst þe. Joshua 10:9 Iosua therfore came vnto them sodenlye, and went vp from Gilgall all nyght. Joshua 10:10 And the Lord troubled them before Israell, and slewe them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them a longe the waye that gothe vp to Bethoron, and smote them to Esaka & Makeda.

God fighteth against them with hailstones.

Joshua 10:11 And it fortuned, þt as they fled from Israell, & were in the goyng doune to Bethoron, the Lorde cast downe great stones from heauen vpon them, vntyll Esaka. And there were mo deed with hayle stones, then they were, whom the chyldren of Israell slewe wyth the swerde.

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

Joshua 10:12 Then spake Iosua before the Lorde, in the daye when þe Lorde delyuered the Amorites before the chyldren of Israell, and he sayde in the syght of Israell. Sonne stande thou still vpon Gibeon, and thou Mone, in Aialon. Joshua 10:13 And the sonne abode, and the mone stode styll, vntyll the people aduenged them selues vpon their enemyes. Is not this written in þe boke of þe ryghtwes? The sonne (I saye) abode in the myddes of heauen and hasted not to goo doune by þt space of a whole daye. Joshua 10:14 And there was no daye lyke that, before it, or after it, that the Lorde heard þe voyce of a man. For the Lorde fought for Israell.

Joshua 10:15 And Iosua returned and all Israel with hym, vnto the hoste to Gilgall:

The five kings are mured in a cave.

Joshua 10:16 but the fyue kynges fledde, and were hyd in a caue at Makeda. Joshua 10:17 And it was tolde Iosua of one saying, the fyue kynges are founde hid in a caue which is at Makeda. Joshua 10:18 And Iosua sayd rowle great stones vpon the mouthe of the caue, and set men by it, for to kepe them. Joshua 10:19 And stande ye not stylle, but folowe after youre enemyes, and smyte all the hindmost, And soffre them not to entre into theyr cyties, for the Lorde youre God hath delyuered them into youre hande. Joshua 10:20 And it fortuned, when Iosua and the chyldren of Israell had made an ende of slaying them wyth an excedinge great slaughter tyll they were wasted, the rest that remayned of them, entred into walled cyties. Joshua 10:21 And all the people returned to the hoste, to Iosua at Makeda in peace, neither dyd any man moue hys tong agaynst the chyldren of Israel. Joshua 10:22 Then sayde Iosua: open the mouth of the caue, and bryng oute these .v. kynges vnto me oute of the caue.

They are brought forth,

Joshua 10:23 And they dyd so, and brought those fyue kynges vnto hym, oute of the caue, euen the kynge of Ierusalem, the kyng of Hebron, the kyng of Iarmuth, the kyng of Lachis, and the kynge of Eglon.

scornfully used,

Joshua 10:24 And it fortuned, that when they brought oute those kynges vnto Iosua: Iosua called for all the men of Israell, and sayde vnto the chefe of the men of warre, which wente with hym: come nere, & put youre fete vpon the neckes of these kynges. And they cam neare: and put their fete vpon the neckes of them. Joshua 10:25 And Iosua sayde vnto them: Ye shall not feare, ner be faynt harted. But be strong and plucke vp youre hertes, for thus shall the Lorde do to all youre enemyes agaynst whom ye fyght.

and hanged.

Joshua 10:26 And then Iosua smote them, and slewe them, & hanged them on fyue trees. And they hanged still vpon þe trees vntill the euening. Joshua 10:27 And at þe going doune of þe sonne it fortuned that Iosua gaue commaundement, and they toke them doune of þe trees, and cast them into þe caue, (where in they had bene hyd), & layed great stones on þe caues mouthe, which remayne vnto this daye.

Seven kings more are conquered.

Joshua 10:28 And that same daye Iosua toke Makeda, and smote it wyth þe edge of the swerde, and the kynge therof also destroyed he vtterly, wyth all the soules that were therin, and let nought remayne. And he dyd to the kynge of Makeda as he dyd to the kynge of Iericho. Joshua 10:29 Then Iosua went from Makeda, and all Israell with hym vnto Libna, & fought against Libna. Joshua 10:30 And the Lorde delyuered it and the kynge therof into the hand of Israell, and he smote it wyth the edge of the swerde, and all the soules that were therin. He let nought remayne in it, but dyd vnto the kyng therof as he dyd vnto the kynge of Iericho.

Joshua 10:31 And Iosua departed from Libna, and all Israell wyth hym, vnto Lachis, and beseged it, and assaulted it. Joshua 10:32 And the Lord delyuered Lachis into the hande of Israell which toke it the seconde daye, and smote it with the edge of the swerde, & all the soules that were therin, doing accordyng to all, as he had done to the cite of Libna.

Joshua 10:33 Then Horam kynge of Geser came vp to helpe Lachis: And Iosua smote hym & his people, vntill naught remayned of hym.

Joshua 10:34 And from Lachis Iosua departed, vnto Eglon, and all Israell with hym, and they beseged it, and assaulted it, Joshua 10:35 and toke it the same daye, and smote it with the edge of the swerde, and all the soules that were therin he vtterlye destroyed the same daye, according to all that he had done to Lachis. Joshua 10:36 And Iosua departed vp from Eglon and all Israel with him, vnto Hebron. And they fought agaynst it, Joshua 10:37 and whan they had taken it, they smote it with the edge of þe swerde, and þe kyng therof, and all the townes that pertayned to it, and all the soules that were therin, and he lefte nought remayning: but did according to all, as he had done to Eglon, and destroyed it vtterlye, and all the soules that were therin.

Joshua 10:38 And Iosua returned, and all Israell with him to Dabir, and fought agaynst it. Joshua 10:39 And whan he had taken it, and the kyng therof, and all the townes that pertayned therto. they smote them with the edge of þe swerde, and vtterlye destroyed all the soules þt were therin, nether let he ought remayne. Euen as he dyd to Hebron, so he dyd to Dabir and þe kyng therof, as he had done also to Libna and her kynge.

Joshua 10:40 Iosua therfore smote all the hill contreys, and the southe contreys, and the valeyes, and the hill sydes, & all their kynges, & lett nought remayne of them, but vtterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lorde God of Israell commaunded. Joshua 10:41 And Iosua smote them from Cades barne vnto Asah, and all the contrey of Gosan, euen vnto Gibeon. Joshua 10:42 All those kynges and their lande dyd Iosua take at one tyme: because the Lorde God of Israell fought for Israell.

Joshua returneth to Gilgal.

Joshua 10:43 And Iosua and all Israel returned, vnto the hoste that was in Gilgall.

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