9:1 When the news reached all the kings on the west side of the Jordan 1 – in the hill country, the lowlands, 2 and all along the Mediterranean coast 3 as far as 4 Lebanon (including the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites) – 9:2 they formed an alliance to fight against Joshua and Israel. 5
9:3 When the residents of Gibeon heard what Joshua did to Jericho 6 and Ai, 9:4 they did something clever. They collected some provisions 7 and put worn-out sacks on their donkeys, along with worn-out wineskins that were ripped and patched. 9:5 They had worn-out, patched sandals on their feet and dressed in worn-out clothes. All their bread 8 was dry and hard. 9 9:6 They came to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant land. Make a treaty with us.” 9:7 The men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you live near us. 10 So how can we make a treaty with you?” 9:8 But they said to Joshua, “We are willing to be your subjects.” 11 So Joshua said to them, “Who are you and where do you come from?” 9:9 They told him, “Your subjects 12 have come from a very distant land because of the reputation 13 of the Lord your God, for we have heard the news about all he did in Egypt 14 9:10 and all he did to the two Amorite kings on the other side of the Jordan – King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of Bashan in Ashtaroth. 9:11 Our leaders and all who live in our land told us, ‘Take provisions for your journey and go meet them. Tell them, “We are willing to be your subjects. 15 Make a treaty with us.”’ 9:12 This bread of ours was warm when we packed it in our homes the day we started out to meet you, 16 but now it is dry and hard. 17 9:13 These wineskins we filled were brand new, but look how they have ripped. Our clothes and sandals have worn out because it has been a very long journey.” 9:14 The men examined 18 some of their provisions, but they failed to ask the Lord’s advice. 19 9:15 Joshua made a peace treaty with them and agreed to let them live. The leaders of the community 20 sealed it with an oath. 21
9:16 Three days after they made the treaty with them, the Israelites found out they were from the local area and lived nearby. 22 9:17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day arrived at their cities – Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath Jearim. 9:18 The Israelites did not attack them because the leaders of the community had sworn an oath to them in the name of the Lord God of Israel. 23 The whole community criticized 24 the leaders, 9:19 but all the leaders told the whole community, “We swore an oath to them in the name of 25 the Lord God of Israel. So now we can’t hurt 26 them! 9:20 We must let them live so we can escape the curse attached to the oath we swore to them.” 27 9:21 The leaders then added, 28 “Let them live.” So they became 29 woodcutters and water carriers for the whole community, as the leaders had decided. 30
9:22 31 Joshua summoned the Gibeonites 32 and said to them, “Why did you trick 33 us by saying, ‘We live far away from you,’ when you really live nearby? 34 9:23 Now you are condemned to perpetual servitude as woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.” 35 9:24 They said to Joshua, “It was carefully reported to your subjects 36 how the Lord your God commanded Moses his servant to assign you the whole land and to destroy all who live in the land from before you. Because of you we were terrified 37 we would lose our lives, so we did this thing. 9:25 So now we are in your power. 38 Do to us what you think is good and appropriate. 39 9:26 Joshua did as they said; he kept the Israelites from killing them 40 9:27 and that day made them woodcutters and water carriers for the community and for the altar of the Lord at the divinely chosen site. (They continue in that capacity to this very day.) 41
10:1 Adoni-Zedek, king of Jerusalem, 42 heard how Joshua captured Ai and annihilated it and its king as he did Jericho 43 and its king. 44 He also heard how 45 the people of Gibeon made peace with Israel and lived among them. 10:2 All Jerusalem was terrified 46 because Gibeon was a large city, like one of the royal cities. It was larger than Ai and all its men were warriors. 10:3 So King Adoni-Zedek of Jerusalem sent this message to King Hoham of Hebron, King Piram of Jarmuth, King Japhia of Lachish, and King Debir of Eglon: 10:4 “Come to my aid 47 so we can attack Gibeon, for it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites.” 10:5 So the five Amorite kings (the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon) and all their troops gathered together and advanced. They deployed their troops and fought against Gibeon. 48
10:6 The men of Gibeon sent this message to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, “Do not abandon 49 your subjects! 50 Rescue us! Help us! For all the Amorite kings living in the hill country are attacking us.” 51 10:7 So Joshua and his whole army, including the bravest warriors, marched up from Gilgal. 52 10:8 The Lord told Joshua, “Don’t be afraid of them, for I am handing them over to you. 53 Not one of them can resist you.” 54 10:9 Joshua attacked them by surprise after marching all night from Gilgal. 55 10:10 The Lord routed 56 them before Israel. Israel 57 thoroughly defeated them 58 at Gibeon. They chased them up the road to the pass 59 of Beth Horon and struck them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 10:11 As they fled from Israel on the slope leading down from 60 Beth Horon, the Lord threw down on them large hailstones from the sky, 61 all the way to Azekah. They died – in fact, more died from the hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword.
“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. 63 The sun stood motionless in the middle of the sky and did not set for about a full day. 64 10:14 There has not been a day like it before or since. The Lord obeyed 65 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 66 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. 67 10:19 But don’t you delay! Chase your enemies and catch them! 68 Don’t allow them to retreat to 69 their cities, for the Lord your God is handing them over to you.” 70 10:20 Joshua and the Israelites almost totally wiped them out, but some survivors did escape to the fortified cities. 71 10:21 Then the whole army safely returned to Joshua at the camp in Makkedah. 72 No one 73 dared threaten the Israelites. 74 10:22 Joshua said, “Open the cave’s mouth and bring the five kings 75 out of the cave to me.” 10:23 They did as ordered; 76 they brought the five kings 77 out of the cave to him – the kings of Jerusalem, 78 Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon. 10:24 When they brought the kings out to Joshua, he 79 summoned all the men of Israel and said to the commanders of the troops who accompanied him, “Come here 80 and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came up 81 and put their feet on their necks. 10:25 Then Joshua said to them, “Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 82 Be strong and brave, for the Lord will do the same thing to all your enemies you fight. 10:26 Then Joshua executed them 83 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. 84 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.) 85
10:28 That day Joshua captured Makkedah and put the sword to it and its king. He annihilated everyone who lived in it; he left no survivors. He did to its king what he had done to the king of Jericho. 86
10:29 Joshua and all Israel marched from Makkedah to Libnah and fought against it. 87 10:30 The Lord handed it and its king over to Israel, and Israel 88 put the sword to all who lived there; they 89 left no survivors. They 90 did to its king what they 91 had done to the king of Jericho. 92
10:31 Joshua and all Israel marched from Libnah to Lachish. He deployed his troops 93 and fought against it. 10:32 The Lord handed Lachish over to Israel and they 94 captured it on the second day. They put the sword to all who lived there, just as they had done to Libnah. 10:33 Then King Horam of Gezer came up to help Lachish, but Joshua struck down him and his army 95 until no survivors remained.
10:34 Joshua and all Israel marched from Lachish to Eglon. They deployed troops 96 and fought against it. 10:35 That day they captured it and put the sword to all who lived there. That day they 97 annihilated it just as they 98 had done to Lachish.
10:36 Joshua and all Israel marched up from Eglon to Hebron and fought against it. 10:37 They captured it and put the sword to its king, all its surrounding cities, and all who lived in it; they 99 left no survivors. As they 100 had done at Eglon, they 101 annihilated it and all who lived there.
10:38 Joshua and all Israel turned to Debir and fought against it. 10:39 They 102 captured it, its king, and all its surrounding cities and put the sword to them. They annihilated everyone who lived there; they 103 left no survivors. They 104 did to Debir and its king what they 105 had done to Libnah and its king and to Hebron. 106
10:40 Joshua defeated the whole land, including the hill country, the Negev, the lowlands, 107 the slopes, and all their kings. He left no survivors. He annihilated everything that breathed, just as the Lord God of Israel had commanded. 10:41 Joshua conquered the area between Kadesh Barnea and Gaza and the whole region of Goshen, all the way to Gibeon. 108 10:42 Joshua captured in one campaign 109 all these kings and their lands, for the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel. 10:43 Then Joshua and all Israel returned to the camp at Gilgal.
[9:4] 7 tc Heb “and they went and [?].” The root and meaning of the verb form יִצְטַיָּרוּ (yitstayyaru) are uncertain. The form is most likely a corruption of יִצְטַיָּדוּ (yitstayyadu), read by some Hebrew
[9:21] 29 tn The vav (ו) consecutive construction in the Hebrew text suggests that the narrative resumes at this point. The LXX reads here, “and they will be,” understanding what follows to be a continuation of the leaders’ words rather than a comment by the narrator.
[10:2] 46 tn This statement is subordinated to v. 1 in the Hebrew text, which reads literally, “When Adoni-Zedek…they feared greatly.” The subject of the plural verb at the beginning of v. 2 is probably the residents of Jerusalem.
[10:10] 57 tn Heb “he.” The referent is probably Israel (mentioned at the end of the previous sentence in the verse; cf. NIV, NRSV), but it is also possible that the
[10:12] 62 tn Heb “Then Joshua spoke to the
[10:13] 63 tn Heb “Is it not written down in the Scroll of the Upright One.” Many modern translations render, “the Scroll [or Book] of Jashar,” leaving the Hebrew name “Jashar” (which means “Upright One”) untranslated.
[10:20] 71 tn Heb “When Joshua and the sons of Israel finished defeating them with a very great defeat until they were destroyed (now the survivors escaped to the fortified cities).” In the Hebrew text the initial temporal clause (“when Joshua…finished”) is subordinated to v. 21 (“the whole army returned”).
[10:21] 74 tn Heb “no man sharpened [or perhaps, “pointed”] his tongue against the sons of Israel.” Cf. NEB “not a man of the Israelites suffered so much as a scratch on his tongue,” which understands “sharpened” as “scratched” (referring to a minor wound). Most modern translations understand the Hebrew expression “sharpened his tongue” figuratively for opposition or threats against the Israelites.