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The Israelites smitten at Ai. JOSHUA.

God instructs Joshua. the woman, and all that she hath, as gel 8 O LORD, what shall I say, when Issware unto her.

rael turneth their backs before their ene23 And the young men that were spies mies ! went in, and brought out Rahah, and her 9 For the Canaanites, and all the infather, and her mother, and her brethren, habitants of the land shall bear of it, and and all that she had; and they brought shall environ us round, and cut off our out all her kindred, and left them without name from the earth: and what wilt thou the camp of Israel.

do unto thy great name? 24 And they burnt the city with fire, 10 I And the LORD said unto Joshua, and all that was therein: only the silver, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus and the gold, and the vessels of brass and upon thy face? of iron, they put into the treasury of the 11 Israel hath sinned, and they hare house of the LORD.

also transgressed my covenant which I 25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot commanded them: for they have even alive, and her father's household, and all taken of the accursed thing, and have also that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel stolen, and dissembled also, and they have even unto this day ; because she hid the put it even among their own stuff. messengers which Joshua sent to spy out 12 Therefore the children of Israel Jericho.

could not stand before their enemies, but 26 | And Joshua adjured them at that turned their backs before their enemies, time, saying, Cursed be the man before the because they were accursed: neither will LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city I be with you any more, except ye deJericho : be shall lay the foundation there-stroy the accursed from among you. of in his first-born, and in his youngest son 13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, shall he set up the gates of it.

Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow : 27So the LORD was with Joshua; and his for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, same was noised throughout all the country. There is an accursed thing in the midst of CHAP. VII.

thee, O Israel : thou canst not stand beUT the children of Israel committed fore thine enemies, until ye take away the Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, 14 In the morning therefore ye shall be the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, brought according to your tribes: and it took of the accursed thing: and the anger shall be, that the tribe which the LORD of the LORD was kindled against the chil-taketh shall come according to the famidren of Israel.

lies thereof; and the family which the 2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, LORD shall take shall come by housewhich is beside Beth-aven, on the east side holds; and the household which the LORD of Beth-el, and spake unto them, sayin , shall take shall come man by man. Go up and view the country. And ti e 15 And it shall be, that he that is taken men went up and viewed Ai.

with the accursed thing shall be burnt with 3 And they returned to Joshua, and said fire, he and all that he hath: because he unto him, Let not all the people go up ; hath transgressed the covenantof the LORD, but let about two or three thousand men go and because he hath wrought foliy in Israel. up and smite Ai: and make not all the peo- 16 T So Joshua rose up early in the ple to labour thither; for they are but few. morning, and brought Israel by their tribes;

4 So there went up thither of the peo- and the tribe of Judab was taken: ple about three thousand men: and they 17 And he brought the family of Judah; fed 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 Zarhites about thirty and six men: for they chased 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 down : by man; and Achan the son of Carmi, the wherefore the hearts of the people melted, son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe and became as water.

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 up-him; and tell me now what thou hast done, on their heads.

bide 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 over Jordan, to deliver us into the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would I done. to God we had been content, and dwelt 21 When I saw among the spoils a goodon the other side Jordan!

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Ai taken by stratagem.

CHAP. VIII.

The city is burnt. shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of 9 | Joshua therefore sent them forth ; fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and they went to lie in ambush, and abode and took them, and behold, they are bid between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side in the earth in the midst of my tent, and of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the silver under it.

the people. 22 T So Joshua sent messengers, and 10 And Joshua rose up early in the they ran unto the tent, and behold, it was morning, and numbered the people, and bid in his tent, and the silver under it. went up, he and the elders of Israel, be

23 And they took them out of the midst fore the people to Ai. of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, 11 And all the people, even the people and unto all the children of Israel, and of war that were with him, went up, and laid them out before the LORD.

drew nigh, and came before the city, and 24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, pitched on the north side of Ai: now there took Achan the son of Zerah, and the sil- was a valley between them and Ai. ver, and the garment, and the wedge of 12 And he took ahout five thousand gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and men, and set them to lie in ambush bebis oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and tween Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of bis tent, and all that he had : and they the city: brought them unto the valley of Achor. 13 And when they had set the people,

25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou even all the host that was on the north of troubled us? the LORD shall trouble the the city, and their liers in wait on the west this day. And all Israel stoned him with of the city, Joshua went that night into the stones, and burned them with fire, after midst of the valley. they had stoned them with stones.

14 | And it came to pass when the king 26 And they raised over him a great of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD early, and the men of the city went out turned from the fierceness of his anger: against Israel to battle, he and all his peowherefore the name of that place was call- ple, at a time appointed, before the plain: ed The valley of Achor, into this day. but he wist not that there were liers in amCHAP. VIII.

bush against him behind the city.

15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if not, neither be thou dismayed: take they were beaten before them, and fled by all the people of war with thee, and arise, the way of the wilderness. go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy 16 Ănd all the people that were in Ai hand the king of Ai, and bis people, and were called together to pursue after them: his city, and his land :

and they pursued after Joshua, and were 2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king, drawn away from the city. as thou didst unto Jericho and her king : 17 And there was not a man left in Ai, only the spoil thereof, and the cattle there- or Beth-el, that went not out after Israel : of, shall ye take for aprey unto yourselves: and they left tbe city open, and pursued lay thee an ambush for the city behind it. after Israel.

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 tochose out thirty thousand mighty men of ward Ai; for I will give it into thy hand. valour, and sent them away by night. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he

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

stretched out his hand : and they entered 5 And I, and all the people that are into the city, and took it, and hasted, and with me, will approach unto the city: and set the city on fire. it shall come to pass when they come out 20 And when the men of Ai looked be. against us, as at the first, that we will flee bind them, they saw, and behold, the smoke before them,

of the city ascended up to heaven, and 6 (For they will come out after us) till they had no power to flee this way or that we have drawn them from the city; for way: and the people that fled to the wilthey will say, They flee before us, as ai derness turned back upon the pursuers. tbe first: therefore we will fee before them. 21 And when Joshua and all Israel saw

7 Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, that the ambush had taken the city, and and seize upon the city: for the LORD your that the smoke of the city ascended, then God will deliver it into your hand. they turned again, and slew the men of Ai.

8 And it shall be when ye have taken 22 And the other issued out of the city the city, that ye shall set the city on fire : against them; so they were in the midst of according to the commandment of the Lord Israel, some on this side, and some on that. sball ye do. See, I have commanded you. side: and they smote them, so that they

Blessings and cursings offered. JOSHUA. Combination against Israel. let' none of them remain or escape. the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the

23 And the king of Ai they took alive, coasts of the great sea over against Lebaand brought him to Joshua.

non, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Ca. 24 And it came to pass when Israel had naanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the made an end of slaying all the inhabitants Jebusite heard thereof;. of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein 2 That they gathered themselves togethey chased them, and when they were all ther, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, fallen on the edge of the sword, until they with one accord. were consumed, that all the Israelites re- 3 | And when the inhabitants of Gibeon turned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho of the sword.

and to Ai, 25 And so it was, that all that fell that 4 They did work wilily, and went and day, both of men and women, were twelve made as if they had been ambassadors, and thousand, even all the men of Ai. took old sacks upon their asses, and wine

26 For Joshua drew not his hand back bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; wherewith he stretched out the spear, until 5 And old shoes and clouted upon their be bad utterly destroyed all the inhabit- feet, and old garments upon them; and all ants of Ai.

the bread of their provision was dry and 27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that mouldy. city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, 6 And they went to Joshua unto the according unto the word of the LORD which camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to he commanded Joshua

the men of Israel, We be come from a far 28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a country: now therefore make ye a league heap forever,even a desolation unto this day. with us.

29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a 7 And the men of Israel said unto the tree until even-tide: and as soon as the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us sun was down, Joshua commanded that and how shall we make a league with you they should take bis carcass down from the 8 And they said unto Joshua, We are thy tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who of the city, and raise thereon a great heap are ye? and from whence come ye? of stones, that remaineth unto this day. 9° And they said unto him, From a very

30 T Then Joshua built an altar unto far country thy servants are come, because the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, of the name of the Lord thy God: for we

31 As Moses the servant of the LORD have heard the fame of him, and all that commanded the children of Israel, as it is he did in Egypt, written in the book of the law of Moses, An 10 And all that he did to the two kings altar of whole stones, over which no man of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, hath lifted up any iron: and they offered to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king thereun burnt-offerings unto the LORD, of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth. and sacrificed peace-offerings.

11 Wherefore our elders, and all the 32 And he wrote there upon the stones inhabitants of our country spake to us, say2 copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote ing, Take victuals with you for the jourin the presence of the children of Israel. ney, and go to meet them, and say unto

33 Ånd all Israel, and their elders, and them, We are your servants: therefore officers, and their judges, stood on this side now make ye a league with us : the ark and on that side before the priests 12 This our bread we took hot for our the Levites, which bare the ark of the co-provision out of our houses on the day we venant of the LORD, as well the stran- came forth to go unto you ; but now, beger, as he that was born among them; half hold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: of them over against mount Gerizim, and 13 And these bottles of wine which we half of them over against mount Ebal; as filled, were new, and bebold they be rent: Moses the servant of the Lord had com- and these our garments and our shoes are manded before, that they should bless the become old by reason of the very long people of Israel.

Jjourney. 34 And afterwardhe read all the words of 14 And the men took of their victuals, and the law, the blessings and cursings, accord- asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD. ing to all that is written in the book of the law. 15 And Joshua made peace with them,

35 There was not a word of all that Mo- and made a league with them, to let them ses commanded, which Joshua read not live : and the princes of the congregation before all the congregation of Israel, with sware unto them. the women, and the little ones, and the 16 And it came to pass at the end of strangers that were conversant among them. three days after they had made a league CHAP. IX.

with them, that they beard that they were ND it came to pass, when all the kings their neighbours, and that they dwelt

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Pive kings attack Gibeon. CHAP. X. The sun and moon stand still.

17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto and came unto their cities on the third Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and king of Eglon, saying, Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath- 4 Come up unto me, and help me, that jearim.

we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made 18 And the children of Israel smote peace with Joshua and with the children of them nou, because the princes of the con- Israel. gregation bad sworn unto them by the 5 Therefore the five kings of the AmoLORD God of Israel. And all the congre- rites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of gation murmured against the princes. Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of

19 But all the princes said unto all the Lachish, the king of Eg!on,gathered them. congregation, we bave sworn unto them selves together, and went up, they and all by the LORD God of Israel: now therefore their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, we may not touch them.

and made war against it. 20 This we will do to them; we will 6 | And the men of Gibeon sent unto even let them live, lest wrath be upon us, Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack because of the oath which we sware unto not thy hand from thy servants; come up them.

to us quickly, and save us, and help us: 21 And the princes said unto them, for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell Let them live; but let them be bewers of in the mountains are gathered together wood, and drawers of water unto all the against us. congregation; as the princes had promised 7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, be, them.

and all the people of war with him, and all 22 | And Joshua called for them, and the mighty men of valour. he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore 8 T And the LORD said unto Joshua, bare ye beguiled us, saying, We are very Fear them not: for I have delivered them far from you; when ye

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among us? into thy hand; there shall not a man of 23 Now therefore ye are cursed, and them stand before thee. there shall none of you be freed from be- 9 Joshua therefore came unto them suding bond-men, and hewers of wood and denly, and went up from Gilgal all night. drawers of water for the house of my God. 10 And the Lord discomfited them be

24 And they answered Joshua, and said, fore Israel, and slew them with a great Because it was certainly told thy servants, slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them how that the LORD thy God commanded along the way that goeth up to Beth-horon, bis servant Moses to give you all the land, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makand to destroy all the inhabitants of the kedab. land from before you, therefore we were 11 And it came to pass as they fled from sore afraid of our lives because of you, and before Israel, and were in the going down have done this thing.

to Beth-horon, that the LORD cast down 25 And now, behold, we are in thy great stones from heaven upon them unto hand: as it seemeth good and right unto Azekah, and they died: they were more thee to do unto us, do.

which died with hailstones than they 26 And so did he unto them, and de- whom the children of Israel slew with the livered them out of the hand of the chil-sword. dren of Israel, that they slew them not. 12 | Then spake Joshua to the Lord

27 And Joshua made them that day in the day when the Lord delivered up hewers of wood and drawers of water for the Amorites before the children of Israel, the congregation and for the altar of the and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, LORD, even unto this day, in the place stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou which he should choose.

Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
CHAP. X.

13 And the sun stood still, and the moon TOW

zedek king of Jerusalem bad heard themselves upon their enemies. Is not this how Jusbua had taken Ai, and had utterly writen in the book of Jasher? So the sun destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho stood still in the midst of heaven, and and her king, so he had done to Ai and hasted not to go down about a whole day. her king; and how the inhabitants of Gi. 14 And there was no day like that be. beon had made peace with Israel, and fore it or after it, that the Lord bearkened were among them;

unto the voice of a man: for the LORD 2 'That they feared greatly, because fought for Israel. Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal 15 | And Joshua returned, and all Is. eities, and because it was greater than Ai, rael with bim, unto the camp to Gilgal. and all the men thereof were mighty, 16 But these five kings Aed, and bid

3 Wherefore Adoni-zedek king of Je- themselves in a cave at Makkedah. rusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, 17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The

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JOSHUA. Joshua returns to Gilgal. five kings are found hid in a cave at Mak- none remain in it; but did unto the king kedab.

thereof as he did unto the king of Jericho. 18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones 31 | And Joshua passed from Libnah, upon the mouth of the cave, and set men and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and by it for to keep them:

encamped against it, and fought against it: 19 And stay ye not, but pursue after 32 And the LORD delivered Lachish your enemies, and smite the hindmost of into the hand of Israel, which took it on them ; suffer them not to enter into their the second day, and smote it with the edge cities: for the LORD your God hath deli- of the sword, and all the souls that were vered them into your hand.

therein, according to all that he had done 20 And it came to pass, when Joshua to Libnah. and the children of Israel had made an end 33 | Then Horam king of Gezer came of slaying them with a very great slaugh- up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him ter, till they were consumed, that the rest and his people, until he had left him none which remained of them entered into fenced remaining. cities.

34 | Ånd from Lachish Joshua passed 21 And all the people returned to the unto Eglon, and all Israel with him: and camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: they encamped against it, and fought none moved his tongue against any of the against it: children of Israel.

35 And they took it on that day, and 22 Then said Joshua, Open the mouth smote it with the edge of the sword, and of the cave, and bring out those five kings all the souls that were therein he utterly unto me out of the cave.

destroyed that day, according to all that 23 And they did so, and brought forth be bad done to Lachish. those five kings unto him out of the cave, 36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, they fought against it: and the king of Eglon.

37 And they took it, and smote it with 24 And it came to pass, when they the edge of the sword, and the king therebrought out those kings unto Joshua, that of, and all the cities thereof, and all the Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and souls that were therein; he left none resaid unto the captains of the men of war maining (according to all that he had done which went with him, Come near, put to Eglon) but destroyed it utterly, and all your feet upon the necks of these kings. the souls that were therein. And they came near, and put their feet 38 | And Joshua returned, and all Isupon the necks of them.

rael with him, to Debir; and fought 25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear against it: not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of 39 And he took it, and the king theregood courage: for thus shall the LORD do of, and all the cities thereof, and they to all your enemies against whom ye fight. smote them with the edge of the sword,

26 And afterward Joshua smole them, and utterly destroyed all the souls that and slew them, and hanged them on five were therein; he left none remaining: as trees: and they were hanging upon the he had done to Hebron, so he did to Detrees until the evening.

bir, and to the king thereof; as he had 27 And it came to pass at the time of done also to Libnah, and to her king. the going down of the sun, that Joshua 40 | So Joshua smote all the country commanded, and they took them down off of the hills, and of the south, and of the the trees, and cast them into the cave vale, and of the springs, and all their wherein they had been bid, and laid great kings: be left none remaining, but utterly stones in the cave's mouth, which remain destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD until this very day.

God of Israel commanded. 28 | And that day Joshua took Makke- 41 And Joshua smote them from Kadab, and smote it with the edge of the desh-barnea even unto Gaza, and all the sword, and the king thereof he utterly country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon. destroyed, them, and all the souls that 42 And all these kings and their land were therein; he let none remain: and he did Joshua take at one time; because the did to the king of Makkedah as he did, Lord God of Israel fought for Israel. unto the king of Jericho.

43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel 29 Then Joshua passed from Makke- with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. dah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah,

CHAP. XI. and fought against

ND it came to pass, when Jabin king the king thereof, into the hand of Israel : he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the and he smote it with the edge of the sword, king of Shimron, and to the king of Achand all the souls that were therein; be let, shapb,

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