Word of the Israelites’ conquest of Jericho and Ai spread rapidly. A group of kings formed an alliance to fight Joshua and Israel. However, the people of Gibeon had other ideas. By claiming to be from a far country, they deceived Joshua and his men into swearing an oath that they would let them live in peace. When the truth became known three days later, they were made slaves to the house of God. The Gebeonites considered that to be a small price to pay for having saved their lives.
A group of five Amorite kings became disturbed because of the size and strength of the Gibeonites. They combined forces to attack Gibeon. Again, God was with the Israelites as they destroyed all the inhabitants of those cities. In an unusual request from a man, God stopped the sun and moon from moving for about a whole day while the people engaged in that battle.
Joshua and his army continued in their conquest until they had conquered the entire southern portion of Canaan. “So Joshua conquered all the land: the mountain country and the South…because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel.” They then returned to the camp at Gilgal.