Bible: Joshua 10:12-27

10:12 The day the Lord delivered the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua prayed to the Lord before Israel: 1 

“O sun, stand still over Gibeon!

O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon!

10:13 The sun stood still and the moon stood motionless while the nation took vengeance on its enemies. The event is recorded in the Scroll of the Upright One. 2  The sun stood motionless in the middle of the sky and did not set for about a full day. 3  10:14 There has not been a day like it before or since. The Lord obeyed 4  a man, for the Lord fought for Israel! 10:15 Then Joshua and all Israel returned to the camp at Gilgal.

10:16 The five Amorite kings 5  ran away and hid in the cave at Makkedah. 10:17 Joshua was told, “The five kings have been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah.” 10:18 Joshua said, “Roll large stones over the mouth of the cave and post guards in front of it. 6  10:19 But don’t you delay! Chase your enemies and catch them! 7  Don’t allow them to retreat to 8  their cities, for the Lord your God is handing them over to you.” 9  10:20 Joshua and the Israelites almost totally wiped them out, but some survivors did escape to the fortified cities. 10  10:21 Then the whole army safely returned to Joshua at the camp in Makkedah. 11  No one 12  dared threaten the Israelites. 13  10:22 Joshua said, “Open the cave’s mouth and bring the five kings 14  out of the cave to me.” 10:23 They did as ordered; 15  they brought the five kings 16  out of the cave to him – the kings of Jerusalem, 17  Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon. 10:24 When they brought the kings out to Joshua, he 18  summoned all the men of Israel and said to the commanders of the troops who accompanied him, “Come here 19  and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came up 20  and put their feet on their necks. 10:25 Then Joshua said to them, “Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 21  Be strong and brave, for the Lord will do the same thing to all your enemies you fight. 10:26 Then Joshua executed them 22  and hung them on five trees. They were left hanging on the trees until evening. 10:27 At sunset Joshua ordered his men to take them down from the trees. 23  They threw them into the cave where they had hidden and piled large stones over the mouth of the cave. (They remain to this very day.) 24 

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