Book of Jasher 89
Then spoke Joshua this song, on the
day that the Lord had given the Amorites into the hand of Joshua and the
in the sight of all
Thou hast done mighty things, O Lord,
thou hast performed great deeds; who is like unto thee? my lips shall sing to
My goodness and my fortress, my high
tower, I will sing a new song unto thee, with thanksgiving will I sing to thee,
thou art the strength of my salvation.
All the kings of the earth shall
praise thee, the princes of the world shall sing to thee, the children of
rejoice in thy salvation, they shall sing and praise thy power.
To thee, O Lord, did we confide; we
said thou art our God, for thou wast our shelter and strong tower against our
To thee we cried and were not
ashamed, in thee we trusted and were delivered; when we cried unto thee, thou
didst hear our voice, thou didst deliver our souls from the sword, thou didst
show unto us thy grace, thou didst give unto us thy salvation, thou didst
rejoice our hearts with thy strength.
Thou didst go forth for our
salvation, with thine arm thou didst redeem thy people; thou didst answer us
from the heavens of thy holiness, thou didst save us from ten thousands of
The sun and moon stood still in
heaven, and thou didst stand in thy wrath against our oppressors and didst
command thy judgments over them.
All the princes of the earth stood
up, the kings of the nations had gathered themselves together, they were not
moved at thy presence, they desired thy battles.
Thou didst rise against them in thine
anger, and didst bring down thy wrath upon them; thou didst destroy them in
thine anger, and cut them off in thine heart.
Nations have been consumed with thy
fury, kingdoms have declined because of thy wrath, thou didst wound kings in
the day of thine anger.
Thou didst pour out thy fury upon
them, thy wrathful anger took hold of them; thou didst turn their iniquity upon
them, and didst cut them off in their wickedness.
They did spread a trap, they fell
therein, in the net they hid, their foot was caught.
Thine hand was ready for all thine
enemies who said, Through their sword they possessed the land, through their
arm they dwelt in the city; thou didst fill their faces with shame, thou didst
bring their horns down to the ground, thou didst terrify them in thy wrath, and
didst destroy them in thine anger.
The earth trembled and shook at the
sound of thy storm over them, thou didst not withhold their souls from death,
and didst bring down their lives to the grave.
Thou didst pursue them in thy storm,
thou didst consume them in thy whirlwind, thou didst turn their rain into hail,
they fell in deep pits so that they could not rise.
Their carcasses were like rubbish
cast out in the middle of the streets.
They were consumed and destroyed in
thine anger, thou didst save thy people with thy might.
Therefore our hearts rejoice in thee,
our souls exalt in thy salvation.
Our tongues shall relate thy might,
we will sing and praise thy wondrous works.
For thou didst save us from our
enemies, thou didst deliver us from those who rose up against us, thou didst
destroy them from before us and depress them beneath our feet.
Thus shall all thine enemies perish O
Lord, and the wicked shall be like chaff driven by the wind, and thy beloved
shall be like trees planted by the waters.
So Joshua and all
returned to the camp in Gilgal, after having smitten all the kings, so that not
a remnant was left of them.
And the five kings fled alone on foot
from battle, and hid themselves in a cave, and Joshua sought for them in the
field of battle, and did not find them.
And it was afterward told to Joshua,
saying, The kings are found and behold they are hidden in a cave.
And Joshua said, Appoint men to be at
the mouth of the cave, to guard them, lest they take themselves away; and the
And Joshua called to all
the officers of battle, Place your feet upon the necks of these kings, and
Joshua said, So shall the Lord do to all your enemies.
And Joshua commanded afterward that
they should slay the kings and cast them into the cave, and to put great stones
at the mouth of the cave.
And Joshua went afterward with all
the people that were with him on that day to Makkedah, and he smote it with the
edge of the sword.
And he utterly destroyed the souls
and all belonging to the city, and he did to the king and people thereof as he
had done to
And he passed from there to Libnah
and he fought against it, and the Lord delivered it into his hand, and Joshua
smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls thereof, and he did to
it and to the king thereof as he had done to
And from there he passed on to
Lachish to fight against it, and Horam king of Gaza went up to assist the men
of Lachish, and Joshua smote him and his people until there was none left to
And Joshua took
people thereof, and he did to it as he had done to Libnah.
And Joshua passed from there to
Eglon, and he took that also, and he smote it and all the people thereof with
the edge of the sword.
And from there he passed to
against it and took it and utterly destroyed it, and he returned from there
fought against it and smote it with the edge of the sword.
And he destroyed every soul in it, he
left none remaining, and he did to it and the king thereof as he had done to
And Joshua smote all the kings of the
Amorites from Kadesh-barnea to Azah, and he took their country at once, for the
Lord had fought for
And Joshua with all
camp to Gilgal.
When at that time Jabin king of
Chazor heard all that Joshua had done to the kings of the Amorites, Jabin sent
to Jobat king of Midian, and to Laban king of Shimron, to Jephal king of
Achshaph, and to all the kings of the Amorites, saying,
Come quickly to us and help us, that
we may smite the children of
come upon us and do unto us as they have done to the other kings of the
And all these kings hearkened to the
words of Jabin, king of Chazor, and they went forth with all their camps,
seventeen kings, and their people were as numerous as the sand on the sea
shore, together with horses and chariots innumerable, and they came and pitched
together at the waters of Merom, and they were met together to fight against
And the Lord said to Joshua, Fear
them not, for tomorrow about this time I will deliver them up all slain before
you, thou shalt hough their horses and burn their chariots with fire.
And Joshua with all the men of war
came suddenly upon them and smote them, and they fell into their hands, for the
Lord had delivered them into the hands of the children of
So the children of
kings with their camps, and smote them until there was none left of them, and
Joshua did to them as the Lord had spoken to him.
And Joshua returned at that time to
Chazor and smote it with the sword and destroyed every soul in it and burned it
with fire, and from Chazor, Joshua passed to Shimron and smote it and utterly
From there he passed to Achshaph and
he did to it as he had done to Shimron.
From there he passed to Adulam and he
smote all the people in it, and he did to Adulam as he had done to Achshaph and
And he passed from them to all the
cities of the kings which he had smitten, and he smote all the people that were
left of them and he utterly destroyed them.
Only their booty and cattle the
Israelites took to themselves as a prey, but every human being they smote, they
suffered not a soul to live.
As the Lord had commanded Moses so
did Joshua and all
not in anything.
So Joshua and all the children of
commanded them, and smote all their kings, being thirty and one kings, and the
Besides the kingdoms of Sihon and Og
which are on the other side
Moses had smitten many cities, and Moses gave them to the Reubenites and the
Gadites and to half the tribe of Manasseh.
And Joshua smote all the kings that
were on this side Jordan to the west, and gave them for an inheritance to the
nine tribes and to the half tribe of
For five years did Joshua carry on
the war with these kings, and he gave their cities to the Israelites, and the
land became tranquil from battle throughout the cities of the Amorites and the