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Adoni-Zedek

ADONI-ZEDEK (a-dō'nī-zē'dĕk, Heb. ’ădhōnîtsedheq, lord of righteousness, or, my lord is righteous). Amorite king of Jerusalem (Josh.10.1-Josh.10.27). Having heard how Joshua destroyed Ai and Jericho and how Gibeon made peace with Israel, Adoni-Zedek invited four other Amorite kings to join him in attacking Gibeon. Joshua came to the aid of Gibeon. God defeated the kings, both in battle and with great hailstones. This was the day when Joshua called on the sun and moon to stand still until the people had avenged themselves on their enemies. The kings hid in a cave, which Joshua sealed with great stones. When he had completed the victory, Joshua ordered the kings brought out. He killed them and hanged them on trees until sunset, when they were cut down and buried in the cave where they had hidden. An earlier king of Jerusalem (Salem) bore a name of similar form and identical meaning: Melchizedek, “king of righteousness” (Gen.14.18-Gen.14.20). This may well indicate the continuation of the