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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

8 TAnd 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. covenant 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 wituntil 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 9 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 firiests 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 throughoutallthecountry. 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 li to do. 13 Achan is taken by lot. 20 His on that day they compassed the city seven confession. 25 He and all he hath are times.

destroyed in the valley of Achor. 16 And it came to pass at the seventh | PUT the children of Israel committed time, when the priests biew with the trum- D a trespass in the accursed thing: for pets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zat. 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 thither; 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 tribes ; and the tribe of Judah was taken: about three thousand men : and they fled 17 And lie 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 mntil 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 hun8( LORD, what shall I say, when Is dred shekels of silver, and a wedge of rael turneth their backs before their en gold of fifty shekels weight, then I covemies !

eted them, and took them, and behold, 9 For the Canaanites, and all the inhab- || 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 fame 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 Joshupon thy face?

| ua, and unto all the children of Israel, 11 Isiael 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 siltaken 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 him a 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.

CHAP. VIII. 14 In the morning therefore ye shall be | 6 God encourageth Joshua, 3 The stratabrought 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 Thereof; and the family which the LORD and cursings. shall take shall come by households; and AND the LORD said unto Joshua, the household which the LORD shall take h Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: 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 Aiand herking, 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 [ So Joshua rose up early in the shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: morning, and brought Israel by their lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.

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196 Joshua's stratagem against Ai. JOSHUA.

Ai taken and burned. 3 9 So Joshua arose, and all the people 11 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 thine 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 ; for or that way; and the people that fied 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 I 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 ve have taken then they turned again, and slew the men the city, that ye shall set the city on fire : 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 fallen 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 Il 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 And the king of Ai he hanged on people, at a time appointed, before the ll 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 un*16 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 53 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 into 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- l 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 king: combine against Israel. 3 The il gation sware unto them. Gibeonites obtaining a league by craf, 16 And it came to pass at the end of

23are condemned to perpetual bondage. three days after they had made a league AND it came to pass, when all the with them, that they heard that they

kings which were on this side Jor- were their neighbours, and that they dan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in dwelt among them. all the coasts of the great sea over against | 17 And thie children of Israel journeyLebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, ed, and came unto their cities on the third the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, ll clay. Now their cities were Gibeon, and and the Jebusite heard thereof;

Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath2 That they gathered themselves to- || jearim. 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 con34 And when the inhabitants of Gib-i 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 i 19 But all the princes said unto all the made as if they had been ambassadors, congregation, We have swoim 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 and 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 he . 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

from you ; when ye dwell among us? 8 And they said unto Joshua, We arc 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. Frry far country thy servants are come " 24 And they answered Joshua, and

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198 Gibeon attacked.

JOSHUA. The sun and moon stand still. said, Because it was certainly told thy ser- 1 10 And the LORD discomfited them vants, how that the LORD thy God com- | before Israel, and slew them with a great manded his servant Moses to give you all || slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them athe land, and to destroy all the inhabit- || long the way that goeth up to Beth-hoants of the land from bef re you, there ron, and smote them to Azekah, and unfore we were sore afraid of our lives be to Makkedal. cause of you, and have done this thing. 11 And it came to pass as they filed

25 And now, behold, we are in thine from before Israel, and were in the going hand; as it seemeth good and right unto down to Beth-horon, that the LORD cast thee to do unto us, do.

down great stones from heaven upon 26 And so did he unto them, and de- | them unto Azekah, and they died: they livered them out of the hand of the chil- 1 were more which died with hail-stones dren of Israel, that they slew them not. than they whom the children of Israel

27 And Joshua made them that day slew with the sword. hewers of wood and drawers of water for | 12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD the congregation, and for the altar of the in the day when the LORD delivered up Lord, even unto this day, in the place the Amorites before the children of Israwhich he should choose.

el, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, CHAP. X.

stand thou still upon Gibeon, and thou 1 Fivc kinge war against Gibeon, 6 Josh- || Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

ua rescueth it. 12 The sun and moon 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon

stand still at the word of Joshua. stayed, until the people had avenged N OW it came to pass, when Adoni- themselves upon their enemies. Is not

W zedec king of Jerusalem had heard this written in the book of Jasher? so the how Joshua had taken Ai, and had ut sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and terly destroyed it; as he had done to Jer- hasted not to go down about a whole day. icho and her king, so he had done to Ai 14. And there was no day like that beand her kmg; and how the inhabitants fore it or after it, that the LORD hearkof Gibeon had made peace with Israel, ened unto the voice of a man : for the and were among them;

LORD fought for Israel. 2 That they feared greatly, because Gi- | 15 | And Joshua returned, and all Isbeon was a great city, as one of the royal || rael with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. cities, and because it was greater than Ai, 16 But these five kings Aed, and hid and all the men thereof were mighty. themselves in a cave at Makkedah.

3 Wherefore Adoni-zedec king of Je 17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The rusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, five kings are found hid in a cave at Makand unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and un kedah. to Japhia king of Lachish, and unto De 18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones ber king of Eglon, saying,

upon the mouth of the cave, and set men 4 Come up unto me, and help me, that by it for to keep them: we may smite Gibeon : for it hath made ' 19 And stay you not, but pursue after peace with Joshua and with the children || your enemies, and smite the hindmost of of Israel.

them; suffer them not to enter into their 5 Therefore the fire kings of the Am cities : for the LORD your God hath deorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of livered them into your hand. Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of 20 And it came to pass, when Joshua Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered and the children of Israel had made an themselves together, and went up, they end of slaying them with a very great and all their hosts, and encamped before slaughter, tiil they were consumed, that Gibeon, and made war against it.

the rest which remained of them entered 6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto | into fenced cities. Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saving, V 21 And all the people returned to the Slack not thy hand from thy servants; camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: come up to us quickly, and save us, and none moved his tongue against any of the help us: for all the kings of the Amorites children of Israel. that dwell in the mountains are gathered 22 Then said Joshua, Open the mouth together against us.

of the care, and bring out those five kings 7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, unto me out of the cave, and all the people of war with hiin, and 23 And they did so, and brought forth all the mighty men of valour.

those fire kings unto him out of the cave, 8 f And the LORD said unto Joshua, | the king of Jerusalem, the king of HeFear them not : for I have delivered them || bron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of into thine hand ; there shall not a man of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. them stand before thee.

| 24 And it came to pass, when they 9 Joshua therefore came unto them sud- brought out those kings unto Joshdenly, and went up from Gilgal all night, lua, that Joshua called for all the men

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