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ADONI-ZEDEK . King of Jerusalem at the time of the invasion of Canaan by the Israelites under Joshua. After the Gibeonites had succeeded in making a league with Israel, he induced four other kings to unite with him against the invaders. Joshua came unexpectedly upon the allied kings, and utterly routed them. They were discovered in a cave at Makkedah, and brought before Joshua, who ordered them to be slain. Their bodies were hung up until the evening, when they were taken down and flung into the cave where they had hid themselves. The mouth of the cave was filled up with great stones ( Joshua 10:1-27 ). Some have identified Adoni-zedek with Adoni-bezek of Judges 1:5 .

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Adoni-Zedek'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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