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Joshua 10

10:1 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedec king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;
10:2 That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty. (10:8-14) The Amorite massacre
Joshua and the Israelites slaughtered or enslaved the people from every city that they came across. They killed everyone in Jericho and Ai, and enslaved the people of Gibeon. So the neighboring cities were getting kind of nervous.

The five kings from these cities (the Amorite coalition) decided to attack the Israelites. Then God gets involved.

God tells Joshua not to worry; he has given the Amorites into his hand, and the Amorites would run away when attacked.

So Joshua attacked, but God did most of the dirty work. He "discomfited" them and even "chased them along the way," throwing down giant hailstones from heaven that killed even more Amorites than the Israelite army.

Then, in one of his most impressive feats in the entire Bible, God made the sun and the moon stop moving for 24 hours so that Joshua could get all his killing done in braod daylight. "The Lord God fought for Israel."

(10:8) "And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand."

10:3 Wherefore Adonizedec king of Jerusalem, sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying,
10:4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.
10:5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.
10:6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.
10:7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour.
10:8 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.
10:9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.
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 up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah. (10:10) "The LORD ... slew them with a great slaughter ... and chased them along the way."

(10:11) "The LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them ... and they died. They were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword."
As the Amorites try to escape, God sends down huge hailstones and kills even more of them.
God's 34th Killing

(10:12-13) In a divine type of daylight savings time, God makes the sun stand still so that Joshua can get all his killing done before dark.
Has the sun ever stood still in the sky for 24 hours?

(10:12) "Sun, stand thou still."

(10:13) "So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day."

(10:14) "The Lord fought for Israel."
I wonder what kind of weapon he used. Probably the jawbone of an ass.

10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.
10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.
10:15 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.
10:16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
10:17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.
10:18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them: (10:19)
"Pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them."
God tells Joshua to "pursue after your enemies and smite the hindmost of them." (Kick their butts.) Don't let any of them escape "for the Lord your God hath delivered them into your hand."
10:19 And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the LORD your God hath delivered them into your hand.
10:20 And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained of them entered into fenced cities.
10:21 And all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of the children of Israel.
10:22 Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the cave. (10:24-26) Joshua tells his captains to "put your feet upon the necks of these kings." He says, "thus shall the Lord do to all of your enemies." Then Joshua kills the kings and hangs them on trees.

(10:24) "Put your feet upon the necks of these kings."

10:23 And they did so, and brought forth those five kings unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.
10:24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.
10:25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight. (10:25) "Thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies."
10:26 And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening. (10:26) "Joshua ... slew them, and hanged them on five trees."
God's 35th Killing
10:27 And it came to pass at the time of the going down of the sun, that Joshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid great stones in the cave's mouth, which remain until this very day. (10:28-42) Joshua, at God's command, kills everyone and everything that he can find -- or, as the Bible puts it, he "utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord commanded."
God's 36th Killing

(10:28) "Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword ... and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain."

10:28 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain : and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did unto the king of Jericho.
10:29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah: (10:29) "Then Joshua ... fought against Libnah."
10:30 And the LORD delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it ; but did unto the king thereof as he did unto the king of Jericho. (10:30) "And the LORD delivered it also ... and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain."
10:31 And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it:
10:32 And the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein , according to all that he had done to Libnah. (10:32) "The LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, which ... smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein."
10:33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining. (10:33) "Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining."
10:34 And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped against it, and fought against it: (10:34-35) "Joshua passed unto Eglon ... and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed."
10:35 And they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day , according to all that he had done to Lachish.
10:36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it: (10:36-37) "Joshua went ... unto Hebron ... and smote it with the edge of the sword ... and all the cities ... and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining."

(10:38-39) "Joshua returned ... to Debir ... And he took it ... and all the cities ... and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining."

10:37 And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining , according to all that he had done to Eglon; but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein.
10:38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought against it:
10:39 And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining : as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Libnah, and to her king.
10:40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded. (10:40) "So Joshua ... left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded."
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10:41 And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon.
10:42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. (10:42) "And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel."
10:43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.

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Amorite Coalition Massacred Executed Kings Hung on Display Seven Kingdoms Massacred
Dwindling in Unbelief
God's 34th Killing: God makes the sun stand still so that Joshua can get all his killing done before dark 10:10-14
Mr. Deity and the Promised Land (The Annotated Version) (10:10-13)
Tim Profitt, Tea Party Joshua (10:24-26)
God's 35th Killing: Five kings killed and hung on trees 10:19-26
Holy War and the Holy Father: the Bible vs the Quran (10:28-42)
God's 36th Killing: Joshua utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded (10:28-42)

Wikipedia
The Book of Jasher (Joshua 10:13)

Slate Blogs the Bible by David Plotz
Will the Book of Joshua Make You Stop Believing in God?

Accuracy in Genesis
The Long Day of Joshua 10? (Joshua 10:12-13)