JOSHUA 10:16



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“But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.”

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Joshua 10:16 Translation & Meaning

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But these הָאֵ֑לֶּה These or those these
five חֲמֵ֖שֶׁת Five five
kings הַמְּלָכִ֣ים A king kings
fled, וַיָּנֻ֕סוּ To flit, i.e., vanish away (subside, escape; causatively, chase, impel, deliver) fled
and hid themselves וַיֵּחָֽבְא֥וּ To secrete hid themselves
in a cave בַמְּעָרָ֖ה A cavern (as dark) cave
at Makkedah. בְּמַקֵּדָֽה׃ Makkedah, a place in Palestine Makkedah

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  • 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:


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