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Circumcision renewed. CHAP. V. VI. An angel appeareth to Joshua. 193

20 | And those twelve stones which 8 And it came to pass when they had they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch done circumcising all the people, that in Ġilgal.

they abode in their places in the camp, 21 And he spake unto the children of till they were whole. Israel, saying, When your children shall 9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, ask their fathers in time to come, saying, || This day have I rolled away the reWhat mean these stones?

proach of Egypt from off you: Where: 22 Then ye shall let your children fore the name of the place is called Gilgal know, saying, Israel came over this Jor- unto this day. dan on dry land.

10 | And the children of Israel en23 For the LORD your God dried up camped in Gilgal, and kept the passthe waters of Jordan from before you, over on the fourteenth day of the month until ve were passed over, as the LORD at even, in the plains of Jericho. your God did to the Red sea, which he 11 And they did eat of the old coin of dried up from before us, until we were the land on the morrow after the passover, gone over:

unleavened cakes, and parched corn in 24 That all the people of the earth the self-same day. might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty : that ye might fear the row after they had eaten of the old corn LORD your God for ever.

of the land; neither had the children of CHAP. V.

Israel manna any more ; but they did 1 The Canaanites are afraid. 2 Circumci- eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan sion renewed. 10 The passover is kept at that year. Gilgal. 13 An angelappeureth to Joshua. 13 1 And it came to pass when Joshua


was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes kings of the Amorites which were and looked, and behold, there stood a on the side of Jordan westward, and all man over against him with his sword the kings of the Canaanites which were drawn in his hand : and Joshua went unby the sea, heard that the LORD had to him, and said unto him, Art thou for dried up the waters of Jordan from be- us, or for our adversaries? fore the children of Israel, until we were 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain passed orer, that their heart melted; nei- of the host of the LORD am I now come. ther was there spirit in them any more, And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, because of the children of Israel.

and did worship, and said unto him, 2 1 At that time the LORD said unto | What saith my lord unto his servant ? Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and cir- 15 And the captain of the Lord's host cumcise again the children of Israel the said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off second time.

thy foot, for the place whereon thou 3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, standest is holy: and Joshua did so. and circumcised the children of Israel at

CHAP. VI. the hill of the foreskins.

1 Jericho shut up. 20 The walls fall down. 4 And this is the cause why Joshua did 22 Rahab is saved. 26 The rebuilder circumcise: All the people that came out of Jericho is cursed.


cause of the children of Israel : none way, after they came out of Egypt. went out, and none came in.

5 Now all the people that came out 2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, were circumcised; but all the people that See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, were born in the wilderness by the way and the king thereof, and the mighty men as they came forth out of Egypt, them of valour. they had not circumcised.

3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye 6 For the children of Israel walked men of war, and go round about the city forty years in the wilderness, till all the once : thus shalt thou do six days. people that were men of war which came 4 And seven priests shall bear before out of Egypt were consumed, because the ark seven trumpets of rams horns : they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: and the seventh day ye shall compass the into whom the LORD sware that he || city seven times, and the priests shall would not shew them the land which | blow with the trumpets. the LORD sware unto their fathers that 5 And it shall come to pass, that when he would give us, a land that floweth | they make a long blast with the ram's with milk and honey.

horn, and when ye hear the sound of the 7. And their children, whom he raised || trumpet, all the people shall shout with up in their stead, them Joshua circum- a great shout: and the wall of the city cised : for they were uncircumcised, be- || shall fall down flat, and the people shall cause they had not circumcised them hy ascend up every man straight before him.

6 | And Joshua the son of Nun called

men et war died in the wilderness by the Now.dericho was straitly shut up be

the way.

194 Jericho is besieged.


The walls fall down. the priests, and said unto them, Take 20 So the people shouted when the up the ark of the covenant, and let sev- priests blew with the trumpets : and it en priests bear seven trumpets of rams came to pass, when the people heard the horns before the ark of the LORD.

sound of the trumpet, and the people 7 And he said unto the people, Pass on, shouted with a great shout, that the wall and compass the city, and let him that is fell down flat, so that the people went armed pass on before the ark of the Lord. | up into the city, every man straight Le

89 And it came to pass, when Joshua had fore him, and they took the city., spoken unto the people, that the seven 21 And they utterly destroyed all that priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams was in the city, both man and woman, horns passed on before the LORD, and young and old, and ox, and sheep, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the ass, with the edge of the sword. eovenant of the Lord followed them. 22 But Joshua had said unto the two

9 | And the armed men went before men that had spied out the country, Go the priests that blew with the trumpets, into the harlot's house, and bring out and the rere-ward came after the ark, the thence the woman, and all that she hath, priests going on, and blowing with the as ye sware unto her. trumpets.

23 And the young men that were spies 10 And Joshua had commanded the went in, and brought out Rahab, and her people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor father, and her mother, and her brethren, make any noise with your voice, neither and all that she had ; and they brought shall any word proceed out of your mouth, out all her kindred, and left them withuntil the day I bid you shout, then shall out the camp of Israel. ye shout,

24 And they burnt the city with fire, 11 So the ark of the LORD compassed and all that was therein: only the silver, the city, going about it once: and they and the gold, and the vessels of brass and came into the camp, and lodged in the of iron, they put into the treasury of the camp.

house of the LORD. 127 And Joshua rose carly in the morn- 25 And Joshua saved Rahab the haring, and the priests took up the ark of the lot alive, and her father's household, and LORD.

all that she had ; and she dwelleth in Is13 And seven priests bearing seven rael even unto this day ; because she bid trumpets of rams horns before the ark the messengers which Joshua sent to spy of the LORD went on continually, and out Jericho. blew with the trumpets: and the armed 26 4 And Joshua adjured them at that men went before them ; but the rere- time, saying, Cursed be the man before ward came after the ark of the Lord, the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this the priests going on, and blowing with the city Jericho: he shall lay the foundatrumpets.

tion thereof in his first-born, and in his 14 And the second day they compass- || youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. ed the city once, and returned into the 27 Sothe LORD was with Joshua; and his camp: so they did six days.

fame was noised throughout all thecountry. 15 And it came to pass on the seventh

CHAP. VII. day, that they rose early about the dawn- | 1 The Israelites smitten at Ai. 6 Joshua's ing of the day, and compassed the city complaint. 10 God instructeth him what after the same manner seven times: only to do. 13 Achan is taken by lot. 20 His on that day they compassed the city seven confession. 25 Fle und all he hath are times.

destroyed in the valley of Achor. 16 And it came to pass at the seventh UT the children of Israel committed time, when the priests biew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zato for the Lord hath given you the city. di, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Ju

17 9 And the city shall be accursed, even dah, took of the accursed thing: and the it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: anger of the LORD was kindled against only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and the children of Israel. all that are with her in the house, because 2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho she hid the messengers that we sent. to Ai, which is beside Beth-aven, on the

18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves east side of Beth-el, and spake unto them, from the accursed thing, lest ye make saying, Go up and view the country. yourselves accursed, when ye take of the And the men went up and viewed Ai. accursed thing, and make the camp of 3 And they returned to Joshua, and Israel a curse, and trouble it.

said unto him, Let not all the people go 19 But all the silver, and gold, and ves- up; but let about two or three thousand sels of brass and iron, are consecrated men go up and smite Ai; and make not unto the LORD ; they shall come into the all the people to labour tluther; for they treasury of the LORD.

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The Israelites smitten at Ai. CHAP. VIII.

Achan's confession. 195 4 So there went up thither of the people ii tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: about three thousand men: and they fled 17 And he brought the family of Judah ; before the men of Ai.

and he took the family of the Zarhites : 5 And the men of Ai smote of them and he brought the family of the Zarabout thirty and six men : for they chased | hites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: them from before the gate even unto She- 18 And he brought his household man barim, and smote them in the going by man; and Achan the son of Carmi, down: wherefore the hearts of the peo- the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the ple melted, and became as water. tribe of Judah, was taken.

6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and 19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My
fell to the earth upon his face before the son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD
ark of the Lord until the even-tide, he God of Israel, and make confession unto
and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon him; and tell me now what thou hast
their heads.

done, hide it not from me.
7 And Joshua said, Alas, O LORD God, 20 And Achan answered Joshua, and
Wherefore hast thou at all brought this said, Indeed I have sinned against the
people orer Jordan, to deliver us into the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus
hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? || have I done.
would to God we had been content, and 21 When I saw among the spoils a
dwelt on the other side Jordan!

goodly Babylonish garment, and two hun-
80 LORD, what shall I say, when Is- || Ared shekels of silver, and a wedge of
rael turneth their backs before their en- || gold of fifty shekels weight, then I cov-
emies !

eted them, and took them, and behold,
9 For the Canaanites, and all the inlab- || they are hid in the earth in the midst of
itants of the land shall hear of it, and my tent, and the silver under it.
shall environ us round, and cut off our *22 So Joshua sent messengers, and
name from the earth : and what wilt they ran unto the tent, and behold, it was
thou do unto thy great name?

hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
10 9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, 23 And they took them out of the midst
Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus of the tent, and brought them unto Josh-
upon thy face?

ua, and unto all the children of Israel,
11 Israel hath sinned, and they have and laid them out before the LORD.
also transgressed my covenant which I 24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him,
commanded them : for they have even took Achan the son of Zerah, and the sil-
taken of the accursed thing, and have al- ver, and the garment, and the wedge of
so stolen, and dissembled also, and they gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and
have put it even among their own stuff. his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and

12 "Therefore the children of Israel his tent, and all that he had : and they
could not stand before their enemies, but brought them unto the valley of Achor.
turned their backs before their enemies, 25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou
because they were accursed: neither will troubled us ? the LORD shall trouble thee
I be with you any more, except ye destroy this day. And all Israel stoned him with
the accursed from among you.

stones, and burned them with fire, after
13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, they had stoned them with stones.
Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow : 26 And they raisedover hima great heap
for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, of stones unto this day. So the LORD
There is an accursed thing in the midst of turned from the fierceness of his anger :
thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before | wherefore the name of that place was
thine enemies, until ye take away the ac- called the valley of Achor unto this day.
cursed thing from among you.

14 In the morning therefore ye shall be God encourageth Joshua, 3 The strata-
brought according to your tribes: and it gem whereby Ai was taken. 30 Joshua
shall be, that the tribe which the LORD buildeth an altar, 32 writeth the law
taketh shall come according to the families on stones, 34 propoundeth blessings

and cursings.
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the household which the LORD shall take
shall come man by man.

take all the people of war with thee, and
15 And it shall be, that he that is taken | arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into
with the accursed thing shall be burnt thy hand the king of Ai, and his people,
with fire, he and all that he hath: be- || and his city, and his land:
cause he hath transgressed the covenant of 2 And thou shalt do to Aiandherking, as
the LORD, and because he hath wrought thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only
folly in Israel.

the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof,
16 I So Joshua rose up early in the shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves:
morning, and brought Israel by their || lay thce an ambush for the city behind it.

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196 Joshua's stratagem against Ai. JOSHUA.

Ai taken and burned. 3 So Joshua arose, and all the people 18 And the Lord said unto Joshua, of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand chose out thirty thousand mighty men of toward Ai; for I will give it into thune valour, and sent them away by night. hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear

4 And he commanded them, saying, that he had in his hand toward the city. Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the 19 And the ambush arose quickly out city, even behind the city : go not very of their place, and they ran as soon as he far from the city, but be ye all ready : had stretched out his hand : and they en

5 And I, and all the people that are tered into the city, and took it, and hastwith me, will approach unto the city : | ed, and set the city on fire. and it shall come to pass when they come 20 And when the men of Ai looked out against us, as at the first, that we will || behind them, they saw, and behold, the flee before them,

smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, 6 (For they will come out after us) till and they had no power to flee this way we have drawn them from the city í for or that way: and the people that fcd they will say, They flee before us, as at the to the wilderness turned back upon the first: therefore we will flee before them. pursuers.

7 Thenye shall rise up from the ambush, 21 And when Joshua and all Israel and seize upon the city : for the LORD saw that the ambush had taken the city, your God will deliver it into your hand. and that the smoke of the city ascended,

8 And it shall be when ye have taken then they turned again, and slew the men the city, that ye shall set the city on fire: 1 of Ai. according to the commandment of the 22 And the other issued out of the city LORD shall ye do. See, I have com- | against them ; so they were in the midst manded you.

of Israel, some on this side, and some on 9 Joshua therefore sent them forth ; that side: and they smote them, so that and they went to lie in ambush, and a- they let none of them remain or escape. bode between Beth-el and Ai, on the west 23 And the king of Ai they took alive, side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night and brought him to Joshua, among the people.

24 And it came to pass when Israel 10 And Joshua rose up early in the had made an end of slaying all the inhabmorning, and numbered the people, and itants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness went up, he and the elders of Israel, be- wherein they chased them, and when they fore the people to Ai.

were all falien on the edge of the sword, 11 And all the people, even the people until they were consumed, that all the of war that were with him, went up, and Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it drew nigh, and eame before the city, and with the edge of the sword. pitched on the north side of Ai: now 25 And so it was, that all that fell that there was a valley between them and Ai. | day, both of men and women, were

12 And he took about five thousand twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. men ; and set them to lie in ambush 26 For Joshua drew not his hand back between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side | wherewith he stretched out the spear, unof the city.

til he had utterly destroyed all the in13 And when they had set the peo- habitants of Ai. ple, even all the host that was on the 27 Only, the cattle and the spoil of that north of the city, and their liers in wait city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, on the west of the city, Joshua went that according unto the word of the LORD night into the midst of the valley.

which he commanded Joshua. 14 | And it came to pass when the king 28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up an heap for ever, even a desolation unto early, and the men of the city went out this day. against Israel to battle, he and all his 29 Ånd the king of Ai he hanged on people, at a time appointed, before the a tree until even-tide : and as soon as plain: but he wist not that there were liers the sun was down, Joshua commanded in ambush against him behind the city. that they should take his carcass down

15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if from the tree, and cast it at the entering they were beaten before them, and fled of the gate of the city, and raise thereon by the way of the wilderness.

a great heap of stones, that remaineth un16 And all the people that were in Ai to this day. were called together to pursue after them: 30 ( Then Joshua built an altar unto and they pursued after Joshua, and were the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, drawn away from the city.

31 As Moses the servant of the LORD 17 And there was not a man left in Ai, commanded the children of Israel, as it or Beth-el, that went not out after Israel : || is written in the book of the law of and they left the city open, and pursued Moses, an altar of whole stones, over after Israel.

which no man hath lift up any iron: and

Joshua writeth the law.

CHAP. IX. Gibeonites league with Joshua. 197 they offered thereon burnt-offerings unto || because of the name of the LORD thy the LORD, and sacrificed peace-offerings. | God: for we have heard the fame of him,

32 And he wrote there upon the and all that he did in Egypt, stones a copy of the law of Moses, which 10 And all that he did to the two kings he wrote in the presence of the children of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, of Israel.

to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og S3 And all Israel, and their elders, king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth. and officers, and their judges, stood on 11 Wherefore our elders, and all the this side the ark and on that side before | inhabitants of our country spake to us, the priests the Levites, which bare the saying, Take victuals with you for the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well journey, and go to meet them, and say the stranger, as he that was born among unto them, We are your servants: therethem; half of them over against mount | fore now make ye a league with us. Gerizim, and half of them over against 12 This our bread we took hot for our mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the provision out of our houses on the day we Lord had commanded before, that they came forth to go unto you ; but now, should bless the people of Israel.

behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy : 34 And afterward he read all the words 13 And these bottles of wine which of the law, the blessings and cursings, ac- we filled, were new, and behold, they cording to all that is written in the book be rent; and these our garments and our of the law.

shoes are become old by reason of the 35 There was not a word of all that || very long journey. Moses commanded, which Joshua read 14 And the men took of their victuals, not before all the congregation of Israel, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the with the women, and the little ones, and LORD. the strangers that were conversant among 15 And Joshua made peace with them, them.

and made a league with them, to let CHAP. IX.

them live: and the princes of the congre1 The kings combine against Israel. 3 The gation sware unto them.

Gibeonites obtaining a league by crafi, 16 And it came to pass at the end of 23are condemned to perfetual bondage. three days after they had made a league ND it came to pass, when all the with them, that they heard that they

were their neighbours, and that they dan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and ir dwelt among them. all the coasts of the great sea over against 17 And the children of Israel journeyLebanca, the Hittite, and the Amorite, ed, and came unto their cities on the third the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and and the Jebusite heard thereof; Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath

2. That they gathered themselves to- | jenrim. gether, to fight with Joshua and with Is- 18 And the children of Israel smote rael, with one accord.

them not, because the princes of the con39 And when the inhabitants of Gib-gregation had sworn unto them by the eon heard what Joshua had done unto LORD God of Israel. And all the congreJericho and to Ai,

gation murmured against the princes. 4 They did work wilily, and went and 19 But all the princes said unto all the made as if they had been ambassadors, congregation, We have swoin unto them and took old sacks upon their asses, and by the LORD God of Israel: now therewine-bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; | fore we may not touch them.

5 And old shoes and clouted upon their 20 This we will do to them ; we will feet, and old garments upon them; and even let them live, lest wrath be upon all the bread of their provision was dry | us, because of the oath which we sware end mouldy.

unto them. 6 And they went to Joshua unto the 21 And the princes said unto them, camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and Let them live ; but let them be hewers to the men of Israel, We be come from of wood, and drawers of water unto all a far country : now therefore make ye a the ,congregation; as the princes had league with us.

promised them. 7 And the men of Israel said unto the 22 And Joshua called for them, and hc Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have us; and how shall we make a league ye beguiled us, saying, We are very far with you?

from you ; when ye dwell among us? 8 And they said unto Joshua, We are 23 Now therefore ye are cursed, and thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, there shall none of you be freed from beWho are ye? and from whence come ye: ing bond-men, and hewers of wood and

9 And they said unto him, From a drawers of water for the house of my God. rrry far country thy servants are come 24 And they answered Joshua, and

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