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The Sun Stands Still...
And it came to be when Adoni-Tsedeq sovereign of Yerushalayim heard that Yehoshua had captured Ai and had put it under the ban, that he had done to Ai and its sovereign as he had done to Yeriho and its sovereign, and that the inhabitants of Gib`on had made peace with Yisra`el and were in their midst,
that they feared greatly, because Gib'on was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty.
And Adoni-Tsedeq sovereign of Yerushalayim sent to Hoham sovereign of Hebron, and to Piram sovereign of Yarmuth, and to Yaphiya sovereign of Lakish, and to Debir sovereign of Eglon, saying,
'Come up to me and help me, and let us smite Gib'on, for it has made peace with Yehoshua and with the children of Yisra'el.'
So the five sovereigns of the Amorites - the sovereign of Yerushalayim, the sovereign of Hebron, the sovereign of Yarmuth, the sovereign of Lakish, the sovereign of Eglon - gathered together and went up, they and all their armies, and camped before Gib'on and fought against it.
And the men of Gib'on sent to Yehoshua at the camp at Gilgal, saying, 'Do not withdraw your hand from your servants. Come up to us quickly, and save us and help us, for all the sovereigns of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains have assembled against us.'
And Yehoshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the soldiers with him, and all the mighty brave men.
And YHWH said to Yehoshua, 'Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hand. Not one of them does stand before you.'
So then Yehoshua came upon them suddenly, having gone up all night from Gilgal.
And YHWH threw them into confusion before Yisra'el, and they smote them with a great slaughter at Gib'on, and pursued them along the way that goes to Beyth Horon, and smote them as far as Azeqah and Maqqedah.
And it came to be, as they fled before Yisra'el and were on the descent of Beyth Horon, that YHWH threw down large hailstones from the heavens on them as far as Azeqah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Yisra'el had slain with the sword.
Then Yehoshua spoke to YHWH in the day when YHWH gave the Amorites over to the children of Yisra'el, and he said before the eyes of Yisra'el, 'Sun, stand still over Gib'on; and moon, in the Valley of Ayalon.'
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Yashar? Thus the sun stopped in the midst of the heavens, and did not hasten to go down for an entire day.
And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that YHWH listened to the voice of a man, because YHWH fought for Yisra'el.
So Yehoshua returned, and all Yisra'el with him, to the camp at Gilgal.
Five Amorite Kings Killed...
Now these five sovereigns had fled and hidden themselves in a cave at Maqqedah.
And it was reported to Yehoshua, saying, 'The five sovereigns have been found hidden in the cave at Maqqedah.'
And Yehoshua said, 'Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to guard them.
'And you, do not stand still, but pursue your enemies. And you shall smite them in the rear. Do not allow them to enter their cities, for YHWH your Elohim has given them into your hand.'
And it came to be, when Yehoshua and the children of Yisra'el had ended smiting them with a very great slaughter, till they had finished - but those who escaped went into walled cities -
that all the people returned to the camp, to Yehoshua at Maqqedah, in peace. No one moved his tongue against any of the sons of Yisra'el.
Then Yehoshua said, 'Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five sovereigns to me from the cave.'
And they did so, and brought those five sovereigns to him from the cave: the sovereign of Yerushalayim, the sovereign of Hebron, the sovereign of Yarmuth, the sovereign of Lakish, the sovereign of Eglon.
And it came to be, when they brought out those sovereigns to Yehoshua, that Yehoshua called for all the men of Yisra'el, and said to the chiefs of the men of battle who went with him, 'Come near, put your feet on the necks of these sovereigns.' And they drew near and put their feet on their necks.
Then Yehoshua said to them, 'Do not be afraid nor be discouraged, be strong and courageous, for this is what YHWH is going to do to all your enemies whom you are fighting.'
And afterward Yehoshua smote them and killed them, and hanged them on five trees. And they were hanging on the trees until evening.
And it came to be, at the time of the going down of the sun, that Yehoshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees, and threw them into the cave where they had been hidden, and laid large stones against the cave's mouth, to this day.
And on that day Yehoshua captured Maqqedah, and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and he put its sovereign under the ban - them and all the people who were in it, he left no survivor. And he did to the sovereign of Maqqedah as he had done to the sovereign of Yeriho.
Southern Cities Conquered...
Then Yehoshua passed over, and all Yisra`el with him, from Maqqedah to Libnah. And they fought against Libnah.
And YHWH also gave it and its sovereign into the hand of Yisra'el. And he smote it and all the people who were in it with the edge of the sword, he left no survivor in it. And he did to its sovereign as he had done to the sovereign of Yeriho.
Then Yehoshua passed over, and all Yisra'el with him, from Libnah to Lakish, and encamped against it and fought against it.
And YHWH gave Lakish into the hand of Yisra'el, who captured it on the second day, and smote it and all the people who were in it with the edge of the sword, according to all that he had done to Libnah.
Then Horam sovereign of Gezer came up to help Lakish. And Yehoshua smote him and his people, until he left him no survivor.
Then Yehoshua passed over, and all Yisra'el with him, from Lakish to Eglon. And they encamped against it and fought against it,
and captured it on that day and smote it with the edge of the sword. And all the beings who were in it he put under the ban that day, according to all that he had done to Lakish.
Then Yehoshua went up, and all Yisra'el with him, from Eglon to Hebron, and they fought against it,
and captured it and smote it with the edge of the sword, and its sovereign, and all its cities, and all the people who were in it. He left no survivor, according to all that he had done to Eglon, but put it and all the people who were in it under the ban.
Then Yehoshua returned, and all Yisra'el with him, to Debir, and fought against it,
and captured it and its sovereign and all its cities. And they smote them with the edge of the sword and put all the people who were in it under the ban, he left no survivor. As he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir and its sovereign, as he had done also to Libnah and its sovereign.
Thus Yehoshua smote all the land: the mountain country and the South and the low country and the wilderness slopes, and all their sovereigns. He left no survivor, but put all that breathed under the ban, as YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el had commanded.
And Yehoshua smote them from Qadesh Barnea as far as Azzah, and all the land of Goshen, even as far as Gib'on.
And Yehoshua captured all these sovereigns and their land at one time, because YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el fought for Yisra'el.
And Yehoshua returned, and all Yisra'el with him, to the camp at Gilgal.