herdsman's place, one of the royal cities of the Canaanites (Josh. 12:16), near which was a cave where the five kings who had confederated against Israel sought refuge (10:10-29). They were put to death by Joshua, who afterwards suspended their bodies upon five trees. It has been identified with the modern village called Sumeil, standing on a low hill about 7 miles to the north-west of Eleutheropolis (Beit Jibrin), where are ancient remains and a great cave. The Palestine Exploration surveyors have, however, identified it with el-Mughar, or "the caves," 3 miles from Jabneh and 2 1/2 southwest of Ekron, because, they say, "at this site only of all possible sites for Makkedah in the Palestine plain do caves still exist." (See ADONI-ZEDEC ØT0000099.)
On its slope the cave of makkedah is also shown, though now closed up.
The five kings fled with their armies and "hid themselves in a cave at makkedah."
And it was told Joshua, saying, the five kings are found hid in a cave at makkedah.
And these five kings fled, and hid themselves in the cave at makkedah.
And it was told Joshua, saying, "The five kings are found, hidden in the cave at makkedah."
Here is a sample of the records: "And he did to the king of makkedah as he did unto the king of Jericho."
But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at makkedah.
And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at makkedah.
Joshua pursued the Amorites to makkedah, twenty-seven miles from Gibeon by the route taken.
The flying host were pursued to makkedah, on the border of the plain, where the five kings were captured and slain.