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Joshua 10:22-27

10:22 Joshua said, “Open the cave’s mouth and bring the five kings 1  out of the cave to me.” 10:23 They did as ordered; 2  they brought the five kings 3  out of the cave to him – the kings of Jerusalem, 4  Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish, and Eglon. 10:24 When they brought the kings out to Joshua, he 5  summoned all the men of Israel and said to the commanders of the troops who accompanied him, “Come here 6  and put your feet on the necks of these kings.” So they came up 7  and put their feet on their necks. 10:25 Then Joshua said to them, “Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 8  Be strong and brave, for the Lord will do the same thing to all your enemies you fight. 10:26 Then Joshua executed them 9  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. 10  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.) 11 

1 tn Heb “these five kings.”

2 tn Heb “they did so.”

3 tn Heb “these five kings.”

4 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

5 tn Heb “Joshua.” The translation has replaced the proper name with the pronoun (“he”) because a repetition of the proper name here would be redundant according to English style.

6 tn Or “Draw near.”

7 tn Or “drew near.”

8 tn Or perhaps “and don’t get discouraged!”

9 tn Heb “struck them down and killed them.”

10 sn For the legal background of the removal of the corpses before sundown, see Deut 21:22-23.

11 tn Heb “to this very day.” The words “They remain” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

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