Joshua and the Sun
This story is the story of how Joshua the
Israelite asked God to halt the Sun where it was in the sky so that
he could pursue and kill the enemies of the Lord. It is found in
Joshua chapter 10 of the Bible and has been translated from the
1611 King James version of the Bible.
- Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek 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;
- 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 therof were
- Wherefore Adonizedek 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,
- 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.
- 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.
- And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to
the camp of 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
- So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all
the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of
- 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.
- Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly,
and went up from Gilgal all night.
- And the Lord discomfited them before Israel,
and slew them with a great slaughter at 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
- 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 Zekah,
and they died: they were more which died with hailstones
than they whom the children of Israel slew with the
- 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.
- And the Sun stood still and the moon stayed,
until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.
Is it not 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.
- And there was no day like that before it or
after it, that the Lord harkened unto the voice of a man: for the
Lord fought for Israel.
- And Joshua returned, and all Israel with
him, unto the camp to Gilgal.
- But these five kings fled, and hid
themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
- And it was told Joshua, saying, The five
kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.
- And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the
mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them:
- 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.
- 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 of them
which remained of them entered into fenced
- And all the people returned to camp to
Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of
the children of Israel.
- Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the
cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew
them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the
trees until the evening. 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.
©Copyright 1998 Elizabeth
Beckett, Holly Bernitt, and Vishwa Chandra.