Joshua 8:24–11:9

24 And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword. 25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. 26 For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. 27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the Lord which he ncommanded Joshua. 28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it oan heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day. 29 pAnd the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: qand as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and rraise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.

30 Then Joshua built an altar unto the Lord God of Israel sin mount Ebal, 31 As Moses the servant of the Lord commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the tbook of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and uthey offered thereon burnt offerings unto the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings. 32 And whe wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel. 33 And all Israel, and their elders, and xofficers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, ywhich bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, as well zthe stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; aas Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. 34 And afterward bhe read all the words of the law, cthe blessings and dcursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. 35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, ewith the women, and the little ones, and fthe strangers that were conversant among them.

9 And it came to pass, when all the kings which were on this side Jordan, ain the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of bthe great sea over against Lebanon, cthe Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof; That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord. And when the inhabitants of dGibeon eheard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; And old shoes and fclouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and fmouldy. And they went to Joshua gunto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us. And the men of Israel said unto the hHivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and ihow shall we make a league with you? And they said unto Joshua, jWe are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye? And they said unto him, kFrom a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the Lord thy God: for we have lheard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, 10 And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at mAshtaroth. 11 Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us. 12 This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: 13 And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey. 14 And ||the men took of their victuals, and nasked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. 15 And Joshua omade peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.

16 And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them. 17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were pGibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and qKirjath-jearim. 18 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the Lord God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes. 19 But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn unto them by the Lord God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them. 20 This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest rwrath be upon us, sbecause of the oath which we sware unto them. 21 And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be thewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had upromised them. 22 And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, vWe are very far from you; when xye dwell among us? 23 Now therefore ye are ycursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being ybondmen, and zhewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God. 24 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told thy servants, how that the Lord thy God acommanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore bwe were sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this thing. 25 And now, behold, we are cin thine hand: as it seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do. 26 And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not. 27 And Joshua made them that day dhewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the Lord, even unto this day, ein the place which he should choose.

10 Now it came to pass, when Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; aas he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to bAi and her king; and chow the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them; That they dfeared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty. Wherefore Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of eHebron, and unto Piram king of fJarmuth, and unto Japhia king of gLachish, and unto Debir king of gEglon, saying, Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel. Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of hHebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it. And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua ito the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us. So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and jall the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour. And the Lord said unto Joshua, kFear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee. Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night. 10 And the Lord ldiscomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to mBeth-horon, and smote them to nAzekah, and unto oMakkedah. 11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to mBeth-horon, pthat the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

12 Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,

qSun, stand thou still upon Gibeon;

And thou, Moon, in the valley of rAjalon.

13  And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed,

Until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies.

Is not this written in the book of ||Jasher?

So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven,

And shasted not to go down about a whole day.

14 And there was tno day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for uthe Lord fought for Israel.

15 And Joshua vreturned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. 16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at wMakkedah. 17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah. 18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them: 19 And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the Lord your God hath delivered them into your hand. 20 And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, xtill they were consumed, that the rest

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