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JOSHUA X-THE FIVE KINGS
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.
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.
15 And Joshua returned and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.
16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.
18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them:
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.
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.
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.
22 Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the cave.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“But Joshua had said .. bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath."-Jos., 6, 22.
VEN in the frenzy of the assault on Jericho, one
house was spared. The spies whom Rahab had
protected, had bade her mark her home by hanging out a crimson cord similar to the one with which she had lowered them from the wall. Now they, by Joshua's special order, hurried to Rahab's house and brought her safely outside the city. “And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day.” So did the might of justice, temper and soften the fury of the Israelites.
Rahab is not mentioned again in the Old Testament; but in the Gospel of St. Mark, where the genealogy of Christ is recorded, her name recurs. She was wedded to Salmon, son of the chief prince of the tribe of Judah. Perchance this Salmon had been one of the spies she rescued. From their union was born Boaz, the protector of Ruth, and ancestor of David.
Rahab's story has ever been accounted as typical of the fact that God's teachings and gifts are for the Gentile as much as for the Jew.