Joshua 10: The Sun and Moon Stand Still

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 82–83

The news of what the Israelites did in the land continued to spread. Joshua 10 tells about what several different groups of people tried to do to stop the Lord’s people. We also read about what the Lord did to help His people overcome their enemies. As you read, think about who your “enemies” are as you try to obtain eternal life. In what ways can you follow Joshua’s example? In what ways can you compare what the Lord did for Joshua to what the Lord can do for you?

Understanding the Scriptures

Joshua 10

Slack not thy hand from thy servants (v. 6)Do not turn away from helping us. 
Men of valour (v. 7)Trained soldiers or warriors 
Stones (v. 11)Hail 
Hasted not (v. 13)Was not quick 
Keep (v. 18)Guard 
Smite the hindmost of them (v. 19)Attack them from behind 
Suffer (v. 19)Allow 
Fenced cities (v. 20)Cities with strong walls 
Moved his tongue (v. 21)Spoke 
Dismayed (v. 25)Discouraged 
Remain, remaining (vv. 28, 30, 33, 37, 39–40)Stay alive 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Joshua 10.

Activity A iconExtra Help from the Lord

  1. 1.

    What two extraordinary acts did the Lord cause to help the Israelites battle their enemies?

  2. 2.

    What help do we have today to withstand temptations and wickedness? (You may want to read 1 Nephi 14:12–14 for some ideas.)

Activity B iconLiken the Scriptures to Yourself

  1. 1.

    Read Joshua 10:24–25 and compare what you read to what the Lord said in 1 Corinthians 15:21–26; Doctrine and Covenants 76:58–62, 101–6; 103:5–8. Describe what Joshua told the captains to do and how it is a symbol of what Jesus will do for His people.

  2. 2.

    How can we prepare ourselves to be worthy of the Lord’s help and protection?