Fred Miller's Revised King James' Version

JOSHUA


CHAPTERS:  [1]  [2]  [3]  [4]  [5]  [6]  [7]  [8]  [9]  [10]  [11]  [12]  [13]  [14]  [15]  [16]  [17]  [18]  [19]  [20]  [21]  [22]  [23]  [24]

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Chapter 1

1Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it was, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that I have given to you, as I said to Moses. 4From the wilderness and this Lebanon even to the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites and to the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will not fail you, nor forsake you. 6Be strong and of good courage: for you shall divide the land which I swore to their fathers to give to this people for an inheritance. 7Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded you: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; Do not afraid, nor be dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

10Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11Pass through the host and command the people, saying, Prepare food; for within three days you shall pass over the Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God gives you to possess. 12And Joshua spoke to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to half the tribe of Manasseh, saying, 13Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God has given you rest, and has given you this land. 14Your wives, your little ones and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side of the Jordan; but you shall pass before your brothers armed, all the mighty men of valor and help them; 15Until the LORD has given your brothers rest, as he has given you and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God gives them: then you shall return to the land of your possession and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD'S servant gave you on this side of the Jordan toward the sunrising.

16And they answered Joshua, saying, All that you command us we will do and wherever you send us, we will go. 7Just as we listened to Moses in all things, so we will listen to you: only the LORD your God be with you, as he was with Moses. 8Whoever rebels against your commandment and will not listen to your words in all that you command him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of good courage.

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Chapter 2

1. And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went and came into a harlot's house, named Rahab and lodged there. 2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, men came in here tonight from the children of Israel to search out the country. 3And the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered into your house: for they have come to search out all the country. 4And the woman took the two men and hid them and said thus, Men came to me, but I did not know where they were from 5And it was about the time of shutting the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: where the men went I do not know: pursue after them quickly; for you shall overtake them. 6But she had brought them up to the roof of the house and hidden them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. 7And the men pursued after them the way to the Jordan to the fords: and as soon as they who pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.

8And before they were laid down, she came up to them on the roof; 9And she said to the men, I know that the LORD has given you the land and that your terror has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. 10For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you, when you came out of Egypt; and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites, who were on the other side the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts melted, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above and in earth beneath. 12Now therefore, I beseech you, swear to me by the LORD, since I have shown you kindness, that you will also show kindness to my father's house and give me a true token: 13And that you will save my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters alive and deliver our lives from death, and all that they have. 14And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if you do not utter this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD has given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with you. 15Then she let them down by a cord through the window: for her house was on the town wall and she lived on the wall. 16And she said to them, Go to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers are returned: and afterward you may go your way. 17And the men said to her, We will be blameless of this your oath which you have made us swear. 18Behold, when we come into the land, you shall bind this line of scarlet thread in the window by which you let us down: and you shall bring your father and your mother and your brothers and all your father's household, home to you. 19And it shall be, that whoever shall go out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his head and we will be guiltless: and whoever shall be with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be on him. 20And if you utter this our business, then we will be released from your oath which you have made us swear. 21And she said, According to your words, so be it. And she sent them away and they departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.

22And they went and came to the mountain and stayed there three days, until the pursuers were returned: and the pursuers sought them through all the way, but did not find them. 23So the two men returned and descended from the mountain, and passed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun and told him all things that befell them: 24And they said to Joshua, Truly the LORD has delivered all the land into our hands; for even all the inhabitants of the country faint because of us.

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Chapter 3

1And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they moved from Shittim and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel and lodged there before they passed over. 2And after three days, the officers went through the host; 3And they commanded the people, saying, When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God and the priests the Levites bearing it, then you shall move from your place and go after it. 4Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: do not come near to it, so that you may know the way by which you must go: for you have not passed this way before. 5And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves: because tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you. 6And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.

7And the LORD said to Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8And you shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When you are come to the brink of the water of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan. 9And Joshua said to the children of Israel, Come here and hear the words of the LORD your God. 10And Joshua said, Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will drive out from before you the Canaanites without fail and the Hittites and the Hivites and the Perizzites and the Girgashites, and the Amorites and the Jebusites. 11Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passes over before you into the Jordan. 12Now therefore take twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, a man out of each tribe. 13And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand up in a heap.

14And it was when the people moved from their tents, to pass over the Jordan and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; 15And as they who bore the ark were come to the Jordan and the feet of the priests who bore the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for the Jordan overflows all its banks all the time of harvest,) 16That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up as a heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those which came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17And the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were completely passed over the Jordan.

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Chapter 4

1And when all the people were completely passed over the Jordan, it happened that the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, 2Take twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, 3And command them, saying, Take twelve stones from here out of the midst of the Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm and you shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place, where you shall lodge this night. 4Then Joshua called the twelve men of the children of Israel, whom he had prepared out of every tribe a man: 5And Joshua said to them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan and every man take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: 6That this may be a sign among you, so that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What do you mean by these stones? 7Then you shall answer them, That the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be a memorial to the children of Israel for ever. 8And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, as the LORD spoke to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel and carried them over with them to the place where they lodged and laid them down there. 9And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there to this day.

10For the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan, until every thing was finished which the LORD commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people hurried and passed over. 11And it was when all the people were completely passed over, that the ark of the LORD and the priests passed over in the presence of the people. 12And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses spoke to them: 13About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD to the plains of Jericho to battle, 14On that day the LORD magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him as they feared Moses, all the days of his life. 15And the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, 16Command the priests who bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of the Jordan. 17Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come up out of the Jordan. 18And when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up to the dry land, then the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and flowed over all its banks, as they did before. 19And the people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month and camped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.

20And Joshua pitched those twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan in Gilgal. 21And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What do these stones mean? 22Then you shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. 23For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you, until you had passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up before us until we had gone over: 24So that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that you might fear the LORD your God for ever.

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Chapter 5

1And when all the kings of the Amorites, who were on the westward side of Jordan and all the kings of the Canaanites, who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel. 2At that time the LORD said to Joshua, Make sharp knives and circumcise the children of Israel the second time. 3And Joshua made sharp knives and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins. 4And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised: All the people who came out of Egypt, who were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt. 5Now all the people who came out were circumcised: but they had not circumcised all the people who were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt. 6For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people who were men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of the LORD: to whom the LORD swore that he would not show them the land, which the LORD swore to their fathers that he would give us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 7And Joshua circumcised their children, whom he raised up in their place: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way. 8And it was when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole. 9And the LORD said to Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day.

10And the children of Israel camped in Gilgal and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plains of Jericho. 11And they ate of the old corn of the land on the morning after the passover, unleavened cakes and parched corn in the selfsame day. 12And the manna ceased on the morning after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither did the children of Israel have manna any more; but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

13And it was when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked and, behold, a man stood opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went to him and said to him, are you for us, or for our adversaries? 14And he said, No; but I am now come. as captain of the host of the LORD And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, What does my lord say to his servant? 15And the captain of the LORD'S host said to Joshua, Loose your shoe from off your foot; for the place on which you stand is holy. And Joshua did so.

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Chapter 6

1Now Jericho was completely shut up because of the children of Israel: no one went out and no one came in. 2And the LORD said to Joshua, See, I have given Jericho and its king and the mighty men of valor into your hand. 3And you shall compass the city, all you men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shall you do six days. 4And seven priests shall bear the ark before you and seven rams' horn trumpets: and the seventh day you shall compass the city seven times and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5And it shall be that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat and the people shall go up every man straight before him.

6And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven rams' horn trumpets before the ark of the LORD. 7And he said to the people, Pass on and compass the city and let him who is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD. 8And it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. 9And the armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets and those behind came after the ark, the priests going on and blowing the trumpets. 10And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, you shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you to shout; then you shall shout. 11So the ark of the LORD surrounded the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp and lodged in the camp. 12And Joshua rose early in the morning and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. 13And seven priests bearing seven rams' horn trumpets before the ark of the LORD went on continually and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; and those behind came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on and blowing with the trumpets. 1>4And the second day they went around the city once and returned into the camp: so they did six days. 15And it was on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day and went around the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they went around the city seven times. 16And it was at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, Shout; for the LORD has given you the city.

17And the city shall be accursed, It and all who are in it, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers whom we sent. 18And in every way keep yourselves from the cursed thing, lest you make yourselves cursed, if you take of the cursed thing and make the camp of Israel a curse and trouble it. 19But all the silver and gold and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated to the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD. 20So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it was, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him and they took the city. 21And they utterly destroyed all who were in the city with the edge of the sword, both man and woman, young and old and ox and sheep and ass. 22But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house and bring out the woman from there and all who she has, as you swore to her. 23And the young men who were spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and her mother and her brothers and all who she had; and they brought out all her relatives and left them out side the camp of Israel. 24And they burned the city with fire and all who were in it: only the silver and the gold and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. 25And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot and her father's household alive and all who she had and she dwells in Israel even to this day; because she hid the messengers, who Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. 26And Joshua swore at that time, saying, Cursed is the man before the LORD, who rises up and builds this city Jericho: he shall lay its foundation in his firstborn and in his youngest son shall he set up its gates. 27So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

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Chapter 7

1But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel. 2And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel and spoke to them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. 3And they returned to Joshua and said to him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and strike Ai; do not make all the people to labor there; for they are few 4So there went up about three thousand men of the people: and they fled before the men of Ai. 5And the men of Ai struck of them about thirty six men: for they chased them from before the gate even to Shebarim and struck them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

6And Joshua tore his clothes and he and the elders of Israel fell to the earth upon their faces before the ark of the LORD until the evening and put dust upon their heads. 7And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, why have you at all brought this people over the Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content and dwelled on the other side the Jordan! 8O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turns their backs before their enemies! 9For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it and shall surround and cut off our name from the earth: and what will you do to your great name?

10And the LORD said to Joshua, Get up; why do you lie thus upon your face? 11Israel has sinned and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing and have also stolen and deceived also and they have put it even among their own stuff. 12Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were cursed: neither will I be with you any more, except you destroy the cursed from among you. 13Get up, sanctify the people and say, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow: for thus says the LORD God of Israel, A cursed thing is in the midst of you, O Israel: you can not stand before your enemies, until you take away the cursed thing from among you. 14In the morning therefore you shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD takes shall come according to its families; and the family which the LORD takes shall come by households; and the household which the LORD takes shall come man by man. 15And it shall be that he who is taken with the cursed thing shall be burned with fire, he and all that he has: because he has transgressed the covenant of the LORD and because he has worked folly in Israel.

16So Joshua rose up early in the morning and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: 17And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: 18And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. 19And Joshua said to Achan, My son, I ask of you give glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to him; and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me. 20And Achan answered Joshua and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel and thus and thus have I done: 21When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment and two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them and took them; and, behold, they are hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent and the silver under it. 22So Joshua sent messengers and they ran to the tent; and, behold, it was hidden in his tent and the silver under it. 23And they took them out of the midst of the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel and laid them out before the LORD. 24And Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah and the silver, and the garment and the wedge of gold and his sons and his daughters and his oxen and his asses and his sheep and his tent and all that he had: and they brought them to the valley of Achor. 25And Joshua said, Why have you troubled us? the LORD shall trouble you this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones and burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. 26And they raised over him a great heap of stones to this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Therefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, to this day.

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Chapter 8

1And the LORD said to Joshua, Fear not, neither be dismayed: take all the people of war with you and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given the king of Ai and his people and his city and his land into your hand: 2And you shall do to Ai and her king as you did to Jericho and her king: except you shall take for a prey its spoil and the cattle to yourselves. Lay an ambush for the city behind it.

3So Joshua arose and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valor and sent them away by night. 4And he commanded them, saying, Behold, you shall lie in wait opposite the city, even behind the city: Do not go very far from the city, but all be ready: 5And I and all the people who are with me will approach the city: and it shall be when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them, 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. 7Then you shall rise up from the ambush and seize the city: for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand. 8And it shall be, when you have taken the city, that you shall set the city on fire: you shall do according to the commandment of the LORD. See, I have commanded you. 9Joshua therefore sent them out: and they went to lie in ambush and stayed between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the people. 10And Joshua rose up early in the morning and numbered the people and he and the elders of Israel went up before the people to Ai. 11And all the people, even the people of war who were with him went up and drew near and came before the city and pitched on the north side of Ai. Now there was a valley between them and Ai. 12And he took about five thousand men and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city. 13And when they had set the people, even all the host that was on the north of the city and their liers in wait on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of the valley. 14And it was when the king of Ai saw it, that they hurried and rose up early and he and all his people, the men of the city went out against Israel to battle at a time appointed, before the plain; but he did not know that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city. 15And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them and fled by the way of the wilderness. 16And all the people who were in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua and were drawn away from the city. 17And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel who did not go out after Israel: and they left the city open and pursued after Israel. 18And the LORD said to Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in your hand toward Ai; for I will give it into your hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city. 19And 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 hurried and set the city on fire. 20And 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 who fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers. 21And 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 killed the men of Ai. 22And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side and some on that side: and they struck them, so that they let none of them remain or escape.

23And they took the king of Ai alive and brought him to Joshua. 24And it was when Israel had finished killing all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness in which they chased them and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned to Ai and struck it with the edge of the sword. 25And so it was, that all who fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. 26For Joshua did not draw his hand back, with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. 27Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey to themselves, according to the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua. 28And Joshua burnt Ai and made it a heap for ever, even a desolation to this day. 29And he hanged the king of Ai on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city and raise on it a great heap of stones, that remains to this day.

30Then Joshua built an altar to the LORD God of Israel in Mount Ebal, 31As 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 had lifted up any iron: and they offered on it burnt offerings to the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings. 32And he wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel. 33And 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, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, the stranger, as well as he who was born among them; half of them opposite Mount Gerizim and half of them opposite Mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. 34And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. 35There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua did not read before all the congregation of Israel, with the women and the little ones and the strangers who walked among them.

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Chapter 9

1And it was, when all the kings heard of it who were on this side the Jordan, in the hills and in the valleys and in all the coasts of the great sea opposite Lebanon, the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite; 2That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.

3And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, 4They worked craftfully and went and made as if they had been ambassadors and took old sacks upon their asses and wine bottles, old and torn and bound up; 5And old shoes and clouted upon their feet and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and moldy. 6And they went to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal and said to him and to the men of Israel, We are come from a far country: now therefore make a league with us. 7And the men of Israel said to the Hivites, Perhaps you dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you? 8And they said to Joshua, We are your servants. And Joshua said to them, Who are you? and from where do you come? 9And they said to him, Your servants are come from a very far country because of the name of the LORD your God: for we have heard the fame of him and all that he did in Egypt, 10And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon and to Og king of Bashan, who was at Ashtaroth. 11Therefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, Take provisions with you for the journey and go to meet them and say to them, We are your servants: therefore now make a league with us. 12This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go to you; but now, behold, it is dry and it is moldy: 13And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they are torn: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey. 14And the men took of their provisions and did not ask counsel at the mouth of the LORD.

15And Joshua made peace with them and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swore to them. 16And it was at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors and that they dwelled among them. 17And the children of Israel journeyed and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon and Chephirah and Beeroth and Kirjathjearim. 18And the children of Israel did not strike them, because the princes of the congregation had sworn to them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes. 19But all the princes said to all the congregation, We have sworn to them by the LORD God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them. 20This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest anger come on us, because of the oath which we swore to them. 21And the princes said to them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water to all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.

22And Joshua called for them and he spoke to them, saying, Why have you deceived us, saying, We are very far from you; when you dwell among us? 23Now therefore you 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. 24And they answered Joshua and said, Because it was certainly told your servants, how that the LORD your 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 for our lives because of you and have done this thing. 25And now, behold, we are in your hand: do to us as it seems good and right to you to do. 26And so he did to them and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, so that they did not kill them. 27And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, even to this day, in the place which he should choose.

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Chapter 10

1Now it was, when Adonizedek 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; 2That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities and because it was greater than Ai and all the men of it were mighty. 3Therefore Adonizedek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron and to Piram king of Jarmuth and to Japhia king of Lachish and to Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4Come up to me and help me, that we may strike Gibeon: for it has made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel. 5Therefore 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 Eglon, gathered themselves together and went up, they and all their hosts and camped before Gibeon and made war against it. 6And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not your hand from your servants; come up to us quickly and save us and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.

7So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him and all the mighty men of valor. 8And the LORD said to Joshua, Do not fear them: for I have delivered them into your hand; there shall not a man of them stand before you. 9Joshua therefore came to them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night. 10And the LORD confused them before Israel and killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon and chased them along the way that goes up to Bethhoron and struck them to Azekah and to Makkedah. 11And it was as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them to Azekah and they died: they were more who died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel killed with the sword. 12Then Joshua spoke 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, you stand still on Gibeon; and you, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. 13And the sun stood still and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven and hurried not to go down about a whole day. 14And there was no day like that before it or after it, when the LORD listened to the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

15And Joshua returned and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal. 16But these five kings fled and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah. 17And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hidden in a cave at Makkedah. 18And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave and set men by it to keep them: 19And do not stay, but pursue after your enemies and strike the rearmost of them; do not suffer them to enter into their cities: for the LORD your God has delivered them into your hand. 20And it was, when Joshua and the children of Israel had finished killing them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest who remained of them entered into fenced cities. 21And all the people returned in peace to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah: none moved his tongue against any of the children of Israel. 22Then Joshua said, Open the mouth of the cave and bring those five kings out of the cave to me. 23And they did so, and brought forth to him those five kings out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. 24And when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near and put their feet upon their necks. 25And Joshua said to them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom you fight. 26And afterward Joshua struck them and killed them and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening. 27And at the time of the going down of the sun, Joshua commanded and they took them down from the trees and cast them into the cave in which they had been hidden and laid great stones in the cave's mouth, which remain until this very day.

28And that day Joshua took Makkedah and struck it with the edge of the sword, and its king. He utterly destroyed them and all the souls who were in it; he let none remain: and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did to the king of Jericho. 29Then Joshua and all Israel with him passed from Makkedah to Libnah and fought against Libnah: 30And the LORD delivered it also and its king into the hand of Israel; and he struck it with the edge of the sword and all the souls who were in it; he let none remain in it; but did to its king as he did to the king of Jericho. 31And Joshua and all Israel with him passed from Libnah to Lachish and camped against it and fought against it: 32And the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, who took it on the second day and struck it with the edge of the sword and all the souls who were in it, according to all that he had done to Libnah. 33Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua struck him and his people, until he had left him no one remaining. 34And from Lachish Joshua and all Israel with him passed to Eglon,; and they camped against it and fought against it: 35And they took it on that day and struck it with the edge of the sword and all the souls who were in it he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish. 36And Joshua and all Israel with him went up from Eglon to Hebron; and they fought against it: 37And they took it and struck it with the edge of the sword and its king and all its cities and all the souls who were in it; he left no one remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but utterly destroyed it and all the souls who were in it. 38And Joshua and all Israel with him returned to Debir; and fought against it: 39And he took it and its king and all its cities; and they struck them with the edge of the sword and utterly destroyed all the souls who were in it; he left no one remaining: as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir and to its king; as he had done also to Libnah and to her king. 40So Joshua struck all the country of the hills and of the south and of the vale and of the springs and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all who breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded. 41And Joshua struck them from Kadeshbarnea even to Gaza and all the country of Goshen, even to Gibeon. 42And all these kings and their land Joshua took at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. 43And Joshua and all Israel with him returned to the camp at Gilgal.

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Chapter 11

1And when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon and to the king of Shimron and to the king of Achshaph, 2And to the kings who were on the north of the mountains and of the plains south of Chinneroth and in the valley and in the borders of Dor on the west, 3And to the Canaanite on the east and on the west and to the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Jebusite in the mountains and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh. 4And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, many people, even as the sand that is on the sea shore in multitude, with horses and very many chariots. 5And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together to fight against Israel at the waters of Merom. 6And the LORD said to Joshua, Do not be afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time I will deliver them up all slain before Israel: you shall hough their horses and burn their chariots with fire. 7So Joshua and all the people of war with him came against them suddenly by the waters of Merom; and they fell upon them. 8And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, who struck them and chased them to great Zidon and to Misrephothmaim and to the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they struck them, until they left them no one remaining. 9And Joshua did to them as the LORD asked him: he houghed their horses and burnt their chariots with fire.

10And Joshua turned back at that time and took Hazor and struck its king with the sword: for Hazor previously was the head of all those kingdoms. 11And they struck all the souls who were in it with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burned Hazor with fire. 12And all the cities of those kings and Joshua took all their kings and struck them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the LORD commanded. 13But as for the cities that still stood in their strength, Israel burned none of them, except Joshua burned Hazor only. 14And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey to themselves; but they struck every man with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither did they leave any to breathe.

15As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses. 16So Joshua took all that land, the hills and all the south country and all the land of Goshen and the valley and the plain and the mountain of Israel and the valley of the same; 17Even from the Mount Halak, that goes up to Seir, even to Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon under Mount Hermon: and he took all their kings and struck them and killed them. 18Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. 19There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, except the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all others they took in battle. 20For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favor, but he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses. 21And at that time Joshua came and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab and from all the mountains of Judah and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua utterly destroyed them with their cities. 22There was none of the Anakim left in the land of the children of Israel: they remained only in Gaza, in Gath and in Ashdod. 23So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said to Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.

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Chapter 12

1Now these are the kings of the land, who the children of Israel struck and possessed their land on the other side of the Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon to Mount Hermon and all the plain on the east: 2Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelled in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer, which is on the bank of the river Arnon and from the middle of the river and from half Gilead, even to the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon; 3And from the plain to the sea of Chinneroth on the east and to the sea of the plain, even the salt sea on the east, the way to Bethjeshimoth; and from the south, under Ashdothpisgah: 4And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, who dwelled at Ashtaroth and at Edrei, 5And reigned in Mount Hermon and in Salcah and in all Bashan, to the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites and half Gilead, the border of Sihon king of Heshbon. 6Them Moses the servant of the LORD and the children of Israel struck: and Moses the servant of the LORD gave it for a possession to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh.

7And these are the kings of the country who Joshua and the children of Israel struck on this side of the Jordan on the west, from Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon even to the Mount Halak, that goes up to Seir; which Joshua gave to the tribes of Israel for a possession according to their divisions; 8In the mountains and in the valleys and in the plains and in the springs and in the wilderness and in the south country; the Hittites, the Amorites and the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: 9The king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai, which is beside Bethel, one; 10The king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one; 11The king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one; 12The king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one; 13The king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one; 14The king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one; 15The king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one; 16The king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one; 17The king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one; 18The king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one; 19The king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one; 20The king of Shimronmeron, one; the king of Achshaph, one; 21The king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one; 22The king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam of Carmel, one; 23The king of Dor in the coast of Dor, one; the king of the nations of Gilgal, one; 24The king of Tirzah, one: all the kings thirty and one.

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Chapter 13

1Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said to him, You are old and stricken in years and there remains yet very much land to be possessed. 2This is the land that yet remains: all the borders of the Philistines and all Geshuri, 3From Sihor, which is before Egypt, even to the borders of Ekron northward, which is counted to the Canaanite: five lords of the Philistines; the Gazathites and the Ashdothites, the Eshkalonites, the Gittites and the Ekronites; also the Avites: 4From the south, all the land of the Canaanites and Mearah that is beside the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the borders of the Amorites: 5And the land of the Giblites and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under Mount Hermon to the entering into Hamath. 6All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephothmaim, and all the Sidonians, them will I drive out from before the children of Israel: only divide it by lot to the Israelites for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.

7Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance to the nine tribes and the half tribe of Manasseh, 8With whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond the Jordam eastward, even as Moses the servant of the LORD gave them; 9From Aroer, that is upon the bank of the river Arnon and the city that is in the midst of the river and all the plain of Medeba to Dibon; 10And all the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, to the border of the children of Ammon; 11And Gilead and the border of the Geshurites and Maachathites and all Mount Hermon and all Bashan to Salcah; 12All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these Moses struck and cast them out. 13But the children of Israel did nor expel the Geshurites, nor the Maachathites: but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the Israelites until this day. 14Only he gave no inheritance to the tribe of Levi; the sacrifices of the LORD God of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as he said to them. 15And Moses gave to the tribe of the children of Reuben according to their families. 16And their coast was from Aroer, that is on the bank of the river Arnon and the city that is in the midst of the river and all the plain by Medeba; 17Heshbon and all her cities that are in the plain; Dibon and Bamothbaal and Bethbaalmeon, 18And Jahazah and Kedemoth and Mephaath, 19And Kirjathaim and Sibmah and Zarethshahar in the Mount of the valley, 20And Bethpeor and Ashdothpisgah and Bethjeshimoth, 21And all the cities of the plain and all the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses struck with the princes of Midian, Evi and Rekem and Zur and Hur and Reba, who were dukes of Sihon, dwelling in the country. 22 Also Balaam the son of Beor the soothsayer, was among those who were slain by the children of Israel who were killed with the sword. 23And the border of the children of Reuben was the Jordan and the border of it. This was the inheritance of the children of Reuben after their families, the cities and the villages of it. 24And Moses gave inheritance to the tribe of Gad, even to the children of Gad according to their families. 25And their coast was Jazer and all the cities of Gilead, and half the land of the children of Ammon, to Aroer that is before Rabbah; 26And from Heshbon to Ramathmizpeh and Betonim; and from Mahanaim to the border of Debir; 27And in the valley, Betharam and Bethnimrah and Succoth and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, the Jordan and his border, even to the edge of the sea of Chinners on the other side the Jordan eastward. 28This is the inheritance of the children of Gad after their families, the cities and their villages. 29And Moses gave inheritance to the half tribe of Manasseh: and this was the possession of the half tribe of the children of Manasseh by their families. 30And their coast was from Mahanaim, all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og king of Bashan and all the towns of Jair, which are in Bashan, sixty cities: 31And half Gilead and Ashtaroth and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, were pertaining to the children of Machir the son of Manasseh, even to the one half of the children of Machir by their families. 32These are the countries which Moses distributed for inheritance in the plains of Moab, on the other side the Jordan, by Jericho, eastward. 33But Moses did not give an inheritance to the tribe of Levi: the LORD God of Israel was their inheritance, as he said to them.

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Chapter 14

1And these are the countries which the children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, distributed for inheritance to them. 2Their inheritance was by lot, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses, for the nine tribes and for the half tribe. 3For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and a half tribe on the other side the Jordan: but he gave no inheritance among the Levites. 4For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gave no part in the land to the Levites, save cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance. 5As the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did and they divided the land.

6Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said to him, You know the thing that the LORD said to Moses the man of God concerning me and you in Kadeshbarnea. 7I wasForty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadeshbarnea to spy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. 8But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God. 9And Moses swore on that day, saying, Surely the land on which your feet have trodden shall be your inheritance and your children's for ever, because you have wholly followed the LORD my God. 10And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spoke this word to Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day eighty five years old. 11As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength for war now,, both to go out and to come in. 12Now therefore give me this mountain, which the LORD spoke of in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakims were there and that the cities were great and fenced: if the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said. 13And Joshua blessed him and gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance. 14Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel. 15And the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba; which Arba was a great man among the Anakims. And the land had rest from war.

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Chapter 15

1This then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah by their families; even to the border of Edom the wilderness of Zin southward was the uttermost part of the south coast. 2And their south border was from the shore of the salt sea, from the bay that looks southward: 3And it went out to the south side to Maalehacrabbim and passed along to Zin and ascended up on the south side to Kadeshbarnea and passed along to Hezron and went up to Adar and went around to Karkaa: 4From there it passed toward Azmon and went out to the river of Egypt; and the goings out of that coast were at the sea: this shall be your south coast. 5And the east border was the salt sea, even to the end of the Jordan. And their border in the north quarter was from the bay of the sea at the uttermost part of the Jordan: 6And the border went up to Bethhogla and passed along by the north of Betharabah; and the border went up to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben: 7And the border went up toward Debir from the valley of Achor and so northward, looking toward Gilgal, that is before the going up to Adummim, which is on the south side of the river: and the border passed toward the waters of Enshemesh and the goings out of it were at Enrogel: 8And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom to the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lies before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is northward at the end of the valley of the giants: 9And the border was drawn from the top of the hill to the fountain of the water of Nephtoah and went out to the cities of Mount Ephron; and the border was drawn to Baalah, which is Kirjathjearim: 10And the border went round from Baalah westward to Mount Seir and passed along to the side of Mount Jearim, which is Chesalon, on the north side and went down to Bethshemesh and passed on to Timnah: 11And the border went out to the side of Ekron northward: and the border was drawn to Shicron and passed along to Mount Baalah and went out to Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at the sea. 12And the west border was to the great sea and its coast. This is the coast of the children of Judah round about according to their families.

13And he gave a part among the children of Judah to Caleb the son of Jephunneh, according to the commandment of the LORD to Joshua, even the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron. 14And Caleb drove out the three sons of Anak, Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai, the children of Anak. 15And he went up there to the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher. 16And Caleb said, He who strikes Kirjathsepher and takes it, I will give Achsah my daughter to him for a wife. 17And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter for a wife. 18And it was, as she came to him, that she moved him to ask a field: of her father and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said to her, What do you want? 19Who answered, Give me a blessing; for you have given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.

20This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families. 21And the uttermost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah toward the coast of Edom southward were Kabzeel and Eder and Jagur, 22And Kinah and Dimonah and Adadah, 23And Kedesh and Hazor and Ithnan, 24Ziph and Telem, and Bealoth, 25And Hazor, Hadattah and Kerioth, and Hezron, which is Hazor, 26Amam and Shema and Moladah, 27And Hazargaddah and Heshmon and Bethpalet, 28And Hazarshual and Beersheba and Bizjothjah, 29Baalah and Iim and Azem, 30And Eltolad and Chesil and Hormah, 31And Ziklag and Madmannah and Sansannah, 32And Lebaoth and Shilhim and Ain and Rimmon: all the cities are twenty and nine, with their villages: 33And in the valley, Eshtaol and Zoreah and Ashnah, 34And Zanoah and Engannim, Tappuah and Enam, 35Jarmuth and Adullam, Socoh and Azekah, 36And Sharaim and Adithaim and Gederah and Gederothaim; fourteen cities with their villages: 37Zenan and Hadashah and Migdalgad, 38And Dilean and Mizpeh and Joktheel, 39Lachish and Bozkath and Eglon, 40And Cabbon and Lahmam and Kithlish, 41And Gederoth, Bethdagon and Naamah and Makkedah; sixteen cities with their villages: 42Libnah and Ether and Ashan, 43And Jiphtah and Ashnah and Nezib, 44And Keilah and Achzib and Mareshah; nine cities with their villages: 45Ekron, with her towns and her villages: 46From Ekron even to the sea, all that lay near Ashdod, with their villages: 47Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her villages, to the river of Egypt and the great sea and the its border: 48And in the mountains, Shamir and Jattir and Socoh, 49And Dannah and Kirjathsannah, which is Debir, 50And Anab and Eshtemoh and Anim, 51And Goshen and Holon and Giloh; eleven cities with their villages: 52Arab and Dumah and Eshean, 53And Janum and Bethtappuah and Aphekah, 54And Humtah and Kirjatharba, which is Hebron and Zior; nine cities with their villages: 55Maon, Carmel and Ziph and Juttah, 56And Jezreel and Jokdeam and Zanoah, 57Cain, Gibeah and Timnah; ten cities with their villages: 58Halhul, Bethzur and Gedor, 59And Maarath and Bethanoth and Eltekon; six cities with their villages: 60Kirjathbaal, which is Kirjathjearim and Rabbah; two cities with their villages: 61In the wilderness, Betharabah, Middin and Secacah, 62And Nibshan and the city of Salt and Engedi; six cities with their villages. 63As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

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Chapter 16

1And the lot of the children of Joseph fell from the Jordan by Jericho, to the water of Jericho on the east, to the wilderness that goes up from Jericho throughout Mount Bethel, 2And goes out from Bethel to Luz and passes along to the borders of Archi to Ataroth, 3And goes down westward to the coast of Japhleti, to the coast of Bethhoron the nether and to Gezer: and the goings out of it are at the sea. 4So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance.

5And the border of the children of Ephraim according to their families was thus: even the border of their inheritance on the east side was Atarothaddar, to Bethhoron the upper; 6And the border went out toward the sea to Michmethah on the north side; and the border went about eastward to Taanathshiloh and passed by it on the east to Janohah; 7And it went down from Janohah to Ataroth and to Naarath and came to Jericho and went out at the Jordan. 8The border went out from Tappuah westward to the river Kanah; and the goings out of it were at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim by their families. 9And the separate cities for the children of Ephraim were among the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages. 10And they did not drive out the Canaanites who dwelled in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites to this day and serve under tribute.

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Chapter 17

1There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the firstborn of Joseph; to wit, for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead: because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan. 2There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek and for the children of Asriel and for the children of Shechem and for the children of Hepher and for the children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families. 3But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters: and these are the names of his daughters, Mahlah and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. 4And they came near before Eleazar the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun and before the princes, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father. 5And ten portions fell to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side of the Jordan; 6Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh's sons had the land of Gilead.

7And the coast of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethah, that lies before Shechem; and the border went along on the right hand to the inhabitants of Entappuah. 8Now Manasseh had the land of Tappuah: but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim; 9And the coast descended to the river Kanah, southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also was on the north side of the river and its borders were at the sea: 10Southward it was Ephraim's and northward it was Manasseh's and the sea is its border; and they met together in Asher on the north, and in Issachar on the east. 11And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Bethshean and her towns and Ibleam and her towns and the inhabitants of Dor and her towns and the inhabitants of Endor and her towns and the inhabitants of Taanach and her towns and the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns, even three countries. 12Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites dwelled in that land. 13Yet it was when the children of Israel had grown strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them out.

14And the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, Why have you given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the LORD has blessed me until now? 15And Joshua answered them, If you are a great people, if Mount Ephraim is too narrow for you thengo up to the wood country, and cut down for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants. 16And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Bethshean and her towns and they who are of the valley of Jezreel. 17And Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, You are a great people and have great power: you shall not have only one lot: 18But the mountain shall be yours; for it is a wood and you shall cut it down: and its borders shall be yours: for you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they are strong.

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Chapter 18

1And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them.

2And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, who had not yet received their inheritance. 3And Joshua said to the children of Israel, How long are you slack to go to possess the land, which the LORD God of your fathers has given you? 4Give out from among you three men for each tribe: and I will send them and they shall rise and go through the land and describe it according to the inheritance of them; and they shall come again to me. 5And they shall divide it into seven parts: Judah shall abide in their coast on the south and the house of Joseph shall abide in their coasts on the north. 6 Therefore you shall devide the land into seven parts and bring the devision here to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the LORD our God. 7But the Levites have no part among you; for the priesthood of the LORD is their inheritance: and Gad and Reuben and half the tribe of Manasseh, have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan on the east, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave them. 8And the men arose and went away: and Joshua charged them who went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land and devide it and come again to me, that I may cast lots here for you before the LORD in Shiloh. 9And the men went and passed through the land and devided it by cities into seven parts in a book and came again to Joshua to the host at Shiloh. 10And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD: and there Joshua divided the land to the children of Israel according to their divisions.

11And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came up according to their families: and the coast of their lot came forth between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph. 12And their border on the north side was from the Jordan; and the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north side and went up through the mountains westward; and the goings out of it were at the wilderness of Bethaven. 13And the border went over from there toward Luz, to the side of Luz, which is Bethel, southward; and the border descended to Atarothadar, near the hill that lies on the south side of the nether Bethhoron. 14And the border was drawn there and surrounded the corner of the sea southward, from the hill that lies before Bethhoron southward; and the goings out of it were at Kirjathbaal, which is Kirjathjearim, a city of the children of Judah: this was the west quarter. 15And the south quarter was from the end of Kirjathjearim and the border went out on the west and went out to the well of waters of Nephtoah: 16And the border came down to the end of the mountain that lies before the valley of the son of Hinnom, and which is in the valley of the giants on the north and descended to the valley of Hinnom, to the side of Jebusi on the south and descended to Enrogel, 17And was drawn from the north, and went forth to Enshemesh and went forth toward Geliloth, which is opposite the going up of Adummim and descended to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben, 18And passed along toward the side opposite Arabah northward and went down to Arabah: 19And the border passed along to the side of Bethhoglah northward: and the edge of the border were at the north bay of the salt sea at the south end of the Jordan: this was the south coast. 20And the Jordan was the border of it on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, by the coasts of it round about, according to their families. 21Now the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho and Bethhoglah and the valley of Keziz, 22And Betharabah and Zemaraim and Bethel, 23And Avim and Parah and Ophrah, 24And Chepharhaammonai and Ophni and Gaba; twelve cities with their villages: 25Gibeon and Ramah and Beeroth, 26And Mizpeh and Chephirah and Mozah, 27And Rekem and Irpeel and Taralah, 28And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem, Gibeath, and Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.

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Chapter 19

1And the second lot came forth to Simeon, even for the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families: and their inheritance was within the inheritance of the children of Judah. 2And they had in their inheritance Beersheba, or Sheba, and Moladah, 3And Hazarshual and Balah and Azem, 4And Eltolad and Bethul, and Hormah, 5And Ziklag and Bethmarcaboth and Hazarsusah, 6And Bethlebaoth, and Sharuhen; thirteen cities and their villages: 7Ain, Remmon and Ether and Ashan; four cities and their villages: 8And all the villages that were round about these cities to Baalathbeer, Ramath of the south. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families. 9Out of the portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon: for the part of the children of Judah was too much for them: therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them.

10And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families: and the border of their inheritance was to Sarid: 11And their border went up toward the sea and Maralah and reached to Dabbasheth and reached to the river that is before Jokneam; 12And turned from Sarid eastward toward the sunrising to the border of Chislothtabor and then goes out to Daberath and goes up to Japhia, 13And from there passes on along on the east to Gittahhepher, to Ittahkazin, and goes out to Remmonmethoar to Neah; 14And the border compasses it on the north side to Hannathon: and the borders of it are in the valley of Jiphthahel: 1And Kattath and Nahallal and Shimron and Idalah and Bethlehem: twelve cities with t5heir villages. 16This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages.

17And the fourth lot came out to Issachar, for the children of Issachar according to their families. 18And their border was toward Jezreel and Chesulloth and Shunem, 19And Hapharaim and Shion and Anaharath, 20And Rabbith and Kishion and Abez, 21And Remeth and Engannim and Enhaddah and Bethpazzez; 22And the coast reaches to Tabor and Shahazimah and Bethshemesh; and the edge of their borders were at the Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages. 23This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their families, the cities and their villages.

24And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families. 25And their border was Helkath and Hali and Beten and Achshaph, 26And Alammelech and Amad and Misheal; and reaches to Carmel westward and to Shihorlibnath; 27And turns toward the sunrising to Bethdagon and reaches to Zebulun and to the valley of Jiphthahel toward the north side of Bethemek and Neiel and goes out to Cabul on the left hand, 28And Hebron and Rehob and Hammon and Kanah, even to great Zidon; 29And then the coast turns to Ramah, and to the strong city Tyre; and the coast turns to Hosah; its borders are at the sea from the coast to Achzib: 30Ummah also and Aphek and Rehob: twenty two cities with their villages. 31This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families, these cities with their villages.

32The sixth lot came out to the children of Naphtali, even for the children of Naphtali according to their families. 33And their coast was from Heleph, from Allon to Zaanannim and Adami, Nekeb and Jabneel, to Lakum; and the borders of it were at the Jordan: 34And then the coast turns westward to Aznothtabor and goes out from there to Hukkok and reaches to Zebulun on the south side and reaches to Asher on the west side and to Judah upon the Jordan toward the sunrising. 35And the fenced cities are Ziddim, Zer and Hammath, Rakkath and Chinnereth, 36And Adamah and Ramah and Hazor, 37And Kedesh and Edrei and Enhazor, 38And Iron and Migdalel, Horem and Bethanath and Bethshemesh; nineteen cities with their villages. 39This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages.

40And the seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families. 41And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah and Eshtaol and Irshemesh, 42And Shaalabbin and Ajalon and Jethlah, 43And Elon and Thimnathah and Ekron, 44And Eltekeh and Gibbethon and Baalath, 45And Jehud, and Beneberak and Gathrimmon, 46And Mejarkon and Rakkon, with the border before Japho. 47And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them: therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem and took it and struck it with the edge of the sword and possessed it and dwelled in it and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father. 48This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages.

49When they had finished dividing the land for inheritance by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them: 50According to the word of the LORD they gave him the city which he asked, even Timnathserah in Mount Ephraim: and he built the city and dwelled in it. 51These are the inheritances, which Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, divided for an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So they finished dividing the country.

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Chapter 20

1The LORD also spoke to Joshua, saying, 2Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you by the hand of Moses: 3That the killer who kills any person unaware and unwittingly may flee there: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood. 4And when he who flees to one of those cities shall stand at the entering of the gate of the city and shall declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city, they shall take him into their city and give him a place, that he may dwell among them. 5And if the avenger of blood pursues after him, then they shall not deliver the killer up into his hand; because he struck his neighbor unwittingly and did not hate him previously. 6And he shall dwell in that city, until he stands before the congregation for judgment, and until the death of the high priest who shall be in those days: then shall the killer return and come to his own city and to his own house, to the city from where he fled.

7And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in Mount Naphtali and Shechem in Mount Ephraim and Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah. 8And on the other side the Jordan by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh. 9These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel and for the stranger who sojourns among them, that whoever kills any person unaware might flee there and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation.

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Chapter 21

1Then the heads of the fathers of the Levites came near to Eleazar the priest and to Joshua the son of Nun and to the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel; 2And they spoke to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs of it for our cattle. 3And the children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs. 4And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the children of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites had thirteen cities by lot out of the tribe of Judah and out of the tribe of Simeon and out of the tribe of Benjamin. 5And the rest of the children of Kohath had ten cities by lot out of the families of the tribe of Ephraim and out of the tribe of Dan and out of the half tribe of Manasseh. 6And the children of Gershon had thirteen cities by lot out of the families of the tribe of Issachar and out of the tribe of Asher and out of the tribe of Naphtali and out of the half tribe of Manasseh in Bashan. 7The children of Merari by their families had twelve cities out of the tribe of Reuben and out of the tribe of Gad and out of the tribe of Zebulun. 8And the children of Israel gave to the Levites these cities by lot with their suburbs, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.

9And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which are here mentioned by name, 10Which the children of Aaron, being of the families of the Kohathites, who were of the children of Levi had: for theirs was the first lot. 11And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with its suburbs round about it. 12But they gave the fields of the city and its villages to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession. 13Thus they gave to the children of Aaron the priest Hebron with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the killer; and Libnah with her suburbs, 14And Jattir with her suburbs and Eshtemoa with her suburbs, 15And Holon with her suburbs and Debir with her suburbs, 16And Ain with her suburbs and Juttah with her suburbs, and Bethshemesh with her suburbs; nine cities out of those two tribes. 17And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with her suburbs, 18Anathoth with her suburbs and Almon with her suburbs; four cities. 19All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their suburbs. 20And the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites who remained of the children of Kohath, even they had the cities of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim. 21For they gave them Shechem with her suburbs in Mount Ephraim, to be a city of refuge for the killer; and Gezer with her suburbs, 22And Kibzaim with her suburbs and Bethhoron with her suburbs; four cities. 23And out of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with her suburbs, Gibbethon with her suburbs, 24Aijalon with her suburbs, Gathrimmon with her suburbs; four cities. 25And out of the half tribe of Manasseh, Tanach with her suburbs and Gathrimmon with her suburbs; two cities. 26All the cities were ten with their suburbs for the families of the children of Kohath who remained. 27And to the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the other half tribe of Manasseh they gave Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the killer; and Beeshterah with her suburbs; two cities. 28And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon with her suburbs, Dabareh with her suburbs, 29Jarmuth with her suburbs, Engannim with her suburbs; four cities. 30And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs, 31Helkath with her suburbs and Rehob with her suburbs; four cities. 32And out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the killer; and Hammothdor with her suburbs and Kartan with her suburbs; three cities. 33All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were thirteen cities with their suburbs. 34And to the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with her suburbs and Kartah with her suburbs, 35Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs; four cities. 36And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs, 37Kedemoth with her suburbs and Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities. 38And out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the killer; and Mahanaim with her suburbs, 39Heshbon with her suburbs, Jazer with her suburbs; four cities in all. 40So all the cities for the children of Merari by their families, who were remaining of the families of the Levites, were by their lot twelve cities. 41All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty eight cities with their suburbs. 42These cities had every one their suburbs round about them: thus were all these cities.

43And the LORD gave to Israel all the land which he swore to give to their fathers; and they possessed it and dwelled in it. 44And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he swore to their fathers: and there did not stand a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. 45There did not fail any of any good things which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel; all came to pass.

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Chapter 22

1Then Joshua called the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh, 2And said to them, you have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you: 3You have not left your brothers these many days to this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God. 4And now the LORD your God has given rest to your brothers, as he promised them: therefore now return and go to your tents, and to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side the Jordan. 5But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cleave to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. 6So Joshua blessed them and sent them away: and they went to their tents. 7Now to the one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given possession in Bashan: but to the other half of it Joshua gave a portion among their brothers on this side of the Jordan westward. And when Joshua sent them away also to their tents, then he blessed them, 8And he spoke to them, saying, Return with much riches to your tents and with very much cattle, with silver and with gold and with brass and with iron and with very much raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brothers. 9And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh returned and departed from the children of Israel out of Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the country of Gilead, to the land of their possession, which they possessed, according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

10And when they came to the borders of the Jordan, that are in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by the Jordan, a great altar to see. 11And the children of Israel heard it said, Behold, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh have built an altar opposite the and of Canaan, in the borders of the Jordan, at the passage of the children of Israel. 12And when the children of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation of the children of Israel gathered themselves together at Shiloh, to go up to war against them. 13And the children of Israel sent Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest into the land of Gilead to the children of Reuben and to the children of Gad and to the half tribe of Manasseh, 14And ten princes with him, of each chief house a prince throughout all the tribes of Israel; and each one was a head of the house of their fathers among the thousands of Israel. 15And they came to the children of Reuben and to the children of Gad and to the half tribe of Manasseh, to the land of Gilead and they spoke with them, saying, 16Thus says the whole congregation of the LORD, What trespass is this that you have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from following the LORD, in that you have built an altar, that you might rebel this day against the LORD? 17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD, 18That you must turn away this day from following the LORD? and it will be, seeing you rebel today against the LORD, that tomorrow he will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel. 19But, if the land of your possession is unclean, then pass over to the land of the possession of the LORD, in which the LORD'S tabernacle dwells and take possession among us: but do not rebel against the LORD, nor rebel against us, in building an altar beside the altar of the LORD our God. 20Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing and anger fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man did not perish alone in his iniquity.

21Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh answered and said to the heads of the thousands of Israel, 22The LORD God of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knows and Israel he shall know. If it is in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, do not save us this day, 23If we have built an altar to turn from following the LORD, or if to offer burnt offerings or meat offerings on it, or if to offer peace offerings on it, let the LORD himself require it; 24And if we have not rather done it for fear of this thing, saying, In time to come your children might speak to our children, saying, What have you to do with the LORD God of Israel? 25For the LORD has made the Jordan a border between us and you, you children of Reuben and children of Gad; you have no part in the LORD: so shall your children make our children cease from fearing the LORD. 26Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice: 27But that it may be a witness between us, and you and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, you have no part in the LORD. 28Therefore we said, that it shall be, when they should say to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say again, Behold the pattern of the altar of the LORD, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between us and you. 29God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD and turn this day from following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat offerings, or for sacrifices, beside the altar of the LORD our God that is before his tabernacle.

30And when Phinehas the priest and the princes of the congregation and heads of the thousands of Israel who were with him, heard the words that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them. 31And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad and to the children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that the LORD is among us, because you have not committed this trespass against the LORD: now you have delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of the LORD. 32And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest and the princes, returned from the children of Reuben and from the children of Gad, out of the land of Gilead, to the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel and brought them word again. 33And the thing pleased the children of Israel; and the children of Israel blessed God and did not intend to go up against them in battle, to destroy the land in which the children of Reuben and Gad dwelled. 34And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the LORD is God.

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Chapter 23

1And after a long time after that the LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua grew old and stricken in age. 2And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders and for their heads and for their judges and for their officers and said to them, I am old and stricken in age: 3And you have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he who has fought for you. 4Behold, I have divided to you by lot these nations who remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from the Jordan, with all the nations whom I have cut off, even westward to the great sea. 5And the LORD your God shall expel them from before you and drive them out of your sight; and you shall possess their land, as the LORD your God has promised to you. 6Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that you turn not aside from it to the right hand or to the left; 7So that you do not come among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves to them: 8But cleave to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day. 9For the LORD has driven out great and strong nations from before you: but as for you, no man has been able to stand before you to this day. 10One man of you shall chase a thousand: for it is the LORD your God, who fights for you, as he has promised you.

11Take good heed therefore to yourselves, that you love the LORD your God. 12Or else if you in any way go back and cleave to the remnant of these nations, even these who remain among you and shall make marriages with them and go in to them and they to you: 13Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps to you and scourges in your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you. 14And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spoke concerning you; all have come to you, and not one thing has failed of it. 15Therefore it shall be that as all good things are come to you which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring to you all evil things, until he has destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you. 16When you have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you and have gone and served other gods and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you and you shall perish quickly from off the good land which he has given to you.

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Chapter 24

1And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and called for the elders of Israel and for their heads and for their judges and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God. 2And Joshua said to all the people, Thus says the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelled on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods. 3And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood and led him throughout all the land of Canaan and multiplied his seed and gave him Isaac. 4And I gave to Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave to Esau Mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. 5I sent Moses also and Aaron and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out. 6And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and you came to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7And when they cried to the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians and brought the sea upon them and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and you dwelled in the wilderness a long season. 8And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, who dwelled on the other side the Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that you might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you. 9Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you: 10But I would not listen to Balaam; therefore he still blessed you: so I delivered you out of his hand. 11And you went over the Jordan and came to Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Girgashites, the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand. 12And I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with your sword, nor with your bow. 13And I have given you a land for which you did not labor and cities which you did not build and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive yards which you did not plant. 14Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood and in Egypt; and serve the LORD.

15And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served who were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 16And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods; 17For the LORD our God, is he who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way in which we went and among all the people through whom we passed: 18And the LORD drove out from before us all the people, even the Amorites who dwelled in the land: therefore we will also serve the LORD; for he is our God. 19And Joshua said to the people, you cannot serve the LORD: for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20If you forsake the LORD and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt and consume you, after that he has done you good. 21And the people said to Joshua, No; but we will serve the LORD. 22And Joshua said to the people, you are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23Now therefore, he said, put away the strange gods which are among you and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel. 24And the people said to Joshua, We will serve the LORD our God and his voice we will obey. 25So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and set a statute and an ordinance for them in Shechem. 26And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God and took a great stone and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27And Joshua said to all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness to us; for it has heard all the words of the LORD which he spoke to us: therefore it shall be a witness to you, lest you deny your God. 28So Joshua let the people depart, every man to his inheritance.

29And after these things, Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being one hundred ten years old. 30And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in Mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash. 31And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and who had known all the works of the LORD that he had done for Israel. 32And they buried the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. 33And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in Mount Ephraim.

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