Five Kings Defeated
16Meanwhile, these five kings fled and hid themselves in the cave at Makkedah.17And it was told Joshua, “The five kings have been found, hidden in the cave at Makkedah.”18Joshua said, “Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to guard them;19but do not stay there yourselves; pursue your enemies, and attack them from the rear. Do not let them enter their towns, for the Lord your God has given them into your hand.”20When Joshua and the Israelites had finished inflicting a very great slaughter on them, until they were wiped out, and when the survivors had entered into the fortified towns,21all the people returned safe to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah; no one dared to speak against any of the Israelites.22Then Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave, and bring those five kings out to me from the cave.”23They did so, and brought the five kings out to him from the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.24When they brought the kings out to Joshua, Joshua summoned all the Israelites, and said to the chiefs of the warriors who had gone with him, “Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings.” Then they came near and put their feet on their necks.25And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous; for thus the Lord will do to all the enemies against whom you fight.”26Afterward Joshua struck them down and put them to death, and he hung them on five trees. And they hung on the trees until evening.27At sunset Joshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves; they set large stones against the mouth of the cave, which remain to this very day.28Joshua took Makkedah on that day, and struck it and its king with the edge of the sword; he utterly destroyed every person in it; he left no one remaining. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho.