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Joshua's stratagem. LORD God of Israel, and make con- 3 ¶ So Joshua arose,and all the peofession unto him; and tell me now ple of war, to go up against Ai: what thou hast done; hide it not from and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.
20 And Achan answered Joshua and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel,and thus and thus have I done:
4 And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city; go not very far from the city, but be ye ali ready:
21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and રી 5 And 1, and all the people that are wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, with me, will approach unto the city; then I coveted them, and took them; and it shall come to pass, when they and, behold, they are hid in the earth come out against us,as at the first,that in the midst of my tent, and the silver we will fee before them, under it.
22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the Lono.
6 (For they will come out after us,) till we have drawn them from the city; for they will say, They flee before us, as at the first: therefore we will flee before them.
7 Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city; for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand.
SAnd it shall be,when ye have taken the city, that ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the Lord shall ye do. See, I have
24 T And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerab, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and commanded you. bis daughters, and his oxen, and his 9 Joshua therefore sent them forth, asses, and his sheep, and his tent,and and they went to lie in ambush, and all that he had; and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.
26 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
abode between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the people.
10 And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai.
11 And all the people, even the people of war that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city,and pitched on the north side of Ai: now there was a valley be
26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the Lond turned from the fierceness of his anger: wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor,|tween them and Ai. unto this day.
12 And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush
AND the LORD said unto Joshua, between Beth-el and Ai, on the west Fear not, neither be thou dismay-side of the city.
ed; take all the people of war with 13 And when they had set the peothee,and arise,go up to Ai: see,I have ple, even all the host that was on the given into thy hand the king of Ai, north of the city, and their liers in and his people, and his city, and his wait on the west of the city, Joshua land. went that night into the midst of the
2. And thou shalt do to Ai and her|valley. king as thou didst unto Jericho and 14 And it came to pass, when the her king: only the spoil thereof, and king of Ai sawit, that they hasted and the cattle thereof, ye shall take for a rose up early; and the men of the city prey unto yourselves. Lay thee an went out against Israel to battle, he ambush for the city behind it. land all hus people, at a time appomed,
and burnt. before the plain: but he wist not that 26 For Joshua drew not his hand there were liers in ambush against back, wherewith he stretched out the him behind the city. spear, until he had utterly destroyed
15 And Joshua and all Israel made all the inhabitants of Ai,
as if they were beaten before them, 27 Only the cattle and the spoil of and fled by the way of the wilderness. that city Israel took for a prey unto 16 And all the people that were in themselves, according unto the word Ai were called together to pursue of the LORD which he commanded after them and they pursued after Joshua. Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.
17 And there was not a man left in Ai or Beth-el, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open,and pursued after Israel.
23 And Joshua burntAi, and made it heap forever, even a desolation unto this day.
29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until even-tide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua command18 And the LORD said unto Joshua, ed that they should take his carcase Stretch out the spear that is in thy down from the tree, and cast it at the hand toward Ai; for I will give it entering of the gate of the city, and into thy hand. And Joshua stretched raise thereon a great heap of stones, out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city.
19 And the ambush arose quickly out of their place,and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city,and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire. 20 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven; and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.
21 And when Joshua and all Israel] saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again,and slew the men of Ai.
that remaineth unto this day.
30 T Then Joshua built an altar unto the LoavGod of Israel in mountEbal, 31 As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones,over which no man hath lifted up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt-offerings unto the LonD, and sacrificed peace-offerings.
32 T And he 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 officers, and their judges,stood on this side the ark and on that side, before the priests the Levites, which 22 And the other issued out of the bare the ark of the covenant of the city against them; so they were in the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that midst of lsrael, some on this side,and was born among them; half of them some on that side: and they smote over against mount Gerizim,and half them, so that they let none of them of them over against mount Ebal; as remain or escape. Moses the servant of the LORD had 23 And the king of Ai they took alive, comnianded before, that they should and brought him to Joshua. bless the people of Israel.
24 And it came to pass, when Israel 34 And afterward he read all the had made an end of slaying all the in-words of the law, the blessings and habitants of Ai in the field, in the wil-cursings,according to all that is writ derness wherein they chased them,]ten in the book of the law.
and when they were all fallen on the 35 There was not a word of all that edge of the sword, until they were Moses commanded,whichJoshua read consumed, that all the Israelites re-not before all the congregation of 18turned unto Ai, and sinote it with the rael, with the women, and the little edge of the sword. ones, and the strangers that were con25 And so it was, that all that fell versaut among them. that day, both of men and women,
were twelve thousand, even all the AND it came to pass, when all the
inen of Ai,
kings which were on this side
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Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, be rent: and these our garments and and in all the coasts of the great sea our shoes are become old by reason of over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the very long journey. the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Per izzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof:
2 That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.
3 T And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,
4 They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambas sadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine-bottles, old, and rent, and bound up;
14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lond.
15 And Joshua made 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 5 And old shoes and clouted upon the third day. Now their cities were their feet, and old garments upon Gibeon, and Chepirab, and Beroth, them and all the bread of their pro- and Kirjath-jearim. vision was dry and mouldy.
18 And the children of Israel smote 6 And they went to Joshua unto the them not, because the princes of the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, congregation had sworn unto them by and to the men of Israel, We be come the LORD God of Israel. And all the from a far country; now therefore congregation murmured against the nake ye a league with us. princes.
7 And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?
8 And they said unto Joshua,We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye?
9 And they said unto him, From very far country thy servants are come, because of the name of the Lond thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
19 But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn uuto 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 wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we gware unto them,
21 And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewcrs of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.
22 And Joshua called for them, and 10 And all that he did to the two he spake unto them, saying, Wherekings of the Amorites, that were before bave ye beguiled us, saying, We yond Jordan, to Sihon king of Hesh- are very far from you; when ye dwell bou, and to Og king of Bashan, which among us? was at Ashtaroth.
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
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]
23 Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers 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, bow that the LORD thy God commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this thing.
25 And now, behold, we are in thy
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band: as it seemeth good and right, 10 And the LORD discomfited them 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
"OW it came to pass, when Adouizedec king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;
before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Beth-horon; and smote them to Âzekah, and unto Makkedah.
11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekalı, and they died: they were more which died with bail-stones 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, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibe. on; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
2 That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the 13 And the sun stood still, and the royal cities, and because it was great-moon stayed, until the people had er than Ai, and all the men thereof avenged themselves upon their enewere mighty. mies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
3 Wherefore Adoni-zedec king of Je rusalem sent unto Hoham king of He bron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japbia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, 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.
5 Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the King of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eg on, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.
6 T And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp of Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants; come up to quickly, and save us, and help us for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.
7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour.
8 ¶ And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thy hana; there shall not a man of them stand before thee. 9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.
14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lond fought for Israel.
15 T And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.
16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedab. 17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedali.
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 enemics, and smite the bindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the LORD your God hath delivered them into your band. 20 Aud it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained of them entered into fenced cities.
21 And all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace; none moved his tongue against any of the children of Israel.
22 Then said Joshua, Open the
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mouth of the cave, and bring out those souls that were therein, according to five kings unto me out of the cave. all that be bad done to Libuah. 23And they did so, and brought forth 33 T Then Horam king of Gezer those five kings unto him out of the came up to help Lachish; and Joshua cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king smote him and his people, until he had of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the left him uone remaining. king of Lachish, and the king of Eg.
24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.
34 T And from Lachishi, Joshua paesed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped against it, and fought against it:
35 And they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword; and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish. 36 T And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it: 37 And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof,and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein: he 26 And afterward Joshua smote them, left none remaining, according to all and slew them, and banged them on that he had done to Eglon; but de five trees: and they were hanging up-stroyed it utterly, and all the souls that on the trees until the evening. were therein.
25 Aud Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.
27 And it came to pass, at the time of | 38 ¶ And Josbua returned and all the going down of the sun, that Josh Israel with him, to Debir, and fought ua commanded, and they took them against it: down off the trees, and cast them into 39 And he took it, and the king therethe cave wherein they had been hid, of, and all the cities thereof, and they and laid great stones in the cave's smote them with the edge of the sword, mouth, which remain until this very and utterly destroyed all the souls that day. ocre therein; he left none remaining: 28 ¶ And that day Joshua took Mak-as he had done to Hebron, so he did to kedah, and smote it with the edge of Debir, and to the king thereof, as he the sword, and the king thereof be uthad done also to Libiah, and to her terly destroyed, them, and all the souls king.
that were therein; he let none remain:] 40 ¶ So Joshua smote all the country and he did to the king of Makkedah of the hills, and of the south, and of as he did unto the king of Jericho. the vale, and of the springs, and all 29 ¶ Then Joshua passed from Mak-their kings: he left none remaining, kedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libuab: 30 And the Lond delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote t with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein: he let none remain in it; but did unto the king thereof as he did unto the king of Jericho.
31 T And Joshua passed from Libnal, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and cucamped against it, and fought against it:
32 And the Lono delivered Lachish
but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded. 41 And Joshua smote them from Ka[desh-barnea, even unto Geza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon.
42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time; because the LORD God of Israel fought for Is rael.
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into the hand of Israel, which took th king of Hazor had beard those ND it came to pass, when Jabia
on the second day, and smote it with
the edge of the sword, and all the[things, that he sent to Jabob king of