God's First Truth: Tyndale/Rogers
THE BOOK OF JOSUA
The 1st Chapter
After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord: the Lord spake unto Josua the son of Nun Moses minister saying: Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore up and go over Jordan, both thou and all this people, unto the land the which I give unto the children of Israel. All the places that the soles of your feet shall tread upon, have I given you, as I said unto Moses: from the wilderness and this Libanon unto the great river Euphrates: and all the land of the Hethites, even unto the great sea toward the going down of the *son, shall be your coasts. There shall not a man be able to withstand thee all the days of thy life. For as I was with Moses, so will I be with thee and will neither leave thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and bold: for unto this people shalt thou divide the land which I sware unto their fathers to give them. *son exact spelling sonne, elsewhere in the text sun is spelled sunne.
Above all thing be strong and harden thyself, to observe and to do, according to all the laws which Moses my servant commanded thee. Turn therefrom neither to the right hand, nor to the left: that thou mayest have understanding in all thou takest in hand. Let not the book of this law depart out of thy mouth: but record therein day and night that thou mayest be circumspect to do according to all that is written therin. For then shalt thou make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have understanding. Behold, I have said unto thee, be strong and bold: neither fear, nor dread. For the Lord thy God is with thee whither so ever thou goest.
Then Josua commanded the officers of the people saying, Go through the midst of the host, and command the people saying, prepare you victuals: for after three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go and enjoy the land which the Lord your God giveth you, to possess it.
And unto the Rubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasses spake Josua saying: Remember
that which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you saying: the Lord your God hath given
you rest, and hath given you this land. Let your wives, your children and your cattle remain in the
land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan: But go ye before your brethren Armed, all that be
men of war, and help them until the Lord hath given your brethren rest, as he hath you, and until
they also have obtained, the land which the Lord your God giveth them. And then return unto the
land of your possession and enjoy it, which land Moses the Lords servant gave you on this side
Jordan toward the *son rising. And they answered Josua saying: All that thou biddest us, we will
do, and whither so ever thou sendest us, we will go. According as we obeyed Moses in all things,
so we will obey thee, only the Lord thy God be with thee as he was with Moses. And whosoever
disobey thy mouth, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, let him
die: Only be strong and of good courage.
The 2nd Chapter
Then Josua the son of Nun sent out of Settim two spies secretly saying: go and view the land and also Jericho. And they went, and came unto a harlots house named Rahab, and lodged there. And it was told the King of Jericho saying: Behold there came men in hither tonight, of the children of Israel, to spy out the country. And the King of Jericho sent unto Rahab saying: bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the land.
And the woman took the two men and hid them. And said, indeed there came men unto me but I know not whence they were. And about the time of the shutting of the gate when it was dark, they went out, whither they went I know not: but follow after them quickly and ye shall take them. And she brought them up upon the roof of the house, and hid them under flax (yet in the stalks) which she had lying abroad upon the roof. And the men pursued after them, the way to Jordan even unto the passage, and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gates immediately.
And or ever they were asleep, she came up unto them upon the roof, and said unto the men: I know that the Lord hath given you the land, both because that the fear of you is fallen upon us, and because that the inhabiters of the land faint at your coming. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the *redd sea before you, when you came out of Egypt, and what you did unto the two kings of the Amorites on the other side Jordan Sehon, and Og, which ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did faint. And there remained no more courage in any man for fear of your coming. For the Lord your God, he is the God in heaven above: and on the earth beneath. *redd: exact spelling
Now therefore swear unto me by the Lord because I have showed you mercy, that ye shall also show mercy unto my fathers house and give me a true token. And that ye shall save alive, both my father, and my mother, my brethren and my sisters, and all that pertain unto them. And that ye shall deliver our souls from death.
And the men answered her, our lives for you to die, if you utter not this our communication. And so when the Lord hath given us the land, we will deal Mercifully and truly with thee. And then she let them down with a cord through the window. For her house stood in the town wall. And she dwelt in the town wall. And she said unto them, get you into the mountains, lest the followers meet you, and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned, and then may ye go your ways.
And the men said unto her, we will be blameless of thy oath, which thou hast made us swear. Behold, when we come unto the land, thou shalt bind this purple threaded cord in the window, which thou lettest us down by. And thou shalt bring thy father, thy mother, thy brethren, and all thy fathers household, even into the house to thee. And then whosoever go out at the doors of thy house, into the street, his blood shall be upon his own head, and we guiltless. And whosoever shall be with thee in the house, his blood be upon our heads if any mans hand be upon him: And even so if thou utter these our words, we will be quit of thy oath which thou hast made us swear. And she said according unto your words so be it: and so sent them away, and they departed. And she bound the purple cord in the window.
And they departed and got them into the mountains, and there abode three days until the pursuers
were returned. And the pursuers sought throughout all the way and found them not. And the two
men returned and descended from the mountain and passed over, and came to Josua the son of
Nun, and told him all that had chanced them. And they said unto Josua the Lord hath delivered
into our hands all the land, for all the inhabiters of the country faint for fear of us.
The 3rd Chapter
And Josua rose early: And they removed from Settim, and came to Jordan, both he and all the children of Israel, and sojourned there before they went over. And after three days the officers went throughout the host, and commanded the people saying: when ye see the ark of the testament Lord your God, and the priests that are Levites bearing it: then depart ye from your places and follow after it. So yet that there be a space between you and it, about a two thousand cubits by measure.(3000';cubit = about 18") And come not nigh unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not gone by it in times past. And Josua said unto the people, purify yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord shall show wonders among you.
Then Josua spake unto the priests saying: Take up the ark of the testament, and go before the people. And they took up the ark of the testament, and went before the people.
And the Lord said unto Josua: this day will I begin to magnify thee, in the sight of`all Israel, that they may know how that as I was with Moses, so will I be with thee. And command thou the priests that bear the ark of the testament, saying: when ye are entered a little into the water of Jordan then stand still in it.
Then spake Josua to the children of Israel, saying: come hither and hear the words of the Lord
your God. And Josua said: Hereby ye shall know, that the living God is among you, and that he
will without fail cast out before you, the Cananites, the Hethites, the Hevites, the Pheresites, the
Gergesites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. Behold, the ark of the appointment of the Lord of all
the world shall go before you into Jordan. And now take you twelve men of the children of Israel,
of every tribe a man. And as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of
Jehovah (the Lord of all the world) tread in the water of Jordan, the water of Jordan shall divide
itself and the waters that cometh from above shall stand still upon an heap. And when the people
were departed from their tents to go over Jordan, (the priests bearing the ark of the appointment
before the people) as soon as they that bare the ark came unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests
that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water. Jordan being full over all his banks all the
time of harvest: the water that came down from above did stop and stood upon an heap, a great
way from Adam, a city beside Zarethan. And the water that went down vanished into the sea of
the wilderness called the salt sea as soon as it was divided: and the people went right over against
Jericho. And the priests that bare the ark of the appointment of the Lord stood still upon dry land,
until all the people were clean over Jordan.
The 4th Chapter
And as soon as the people were all gone over Jordan, the Lord spake unto Josua saying: Take you twelve men out of the people, of every tribe a man. And command you them saying: take you hence out of the midst of Jordan even out of the place where the priests stood in a readiness, twelve stones. And take ye them away with you and put them in the place where you lodge at night. And Josua called unto the twelve men which he had prepared of the children of Israel, of every tribe a man, and said unto them: get you before the ark of the Lord your God even into the midst of Jordan, and take up every man a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. And when your children ask their fathers in time to come saying: what mean ye with these stones? then say unto them, how that the water of Jordan divided at the presence of the ark of the appointment of the Lord: even while it went over Jordan, the water of Jordan divided. And these stones shall be a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.
And the children of Israel did even so as Josua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord said unto Josua according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them away with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. And thereto Josua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the testament stood.
And there they be even unto this day. For the priests that bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until all was finished that the Lord commanded Josua to say unto the people, according to all that Moses charged Josua. And the people hasted and went over. When all the people were clean over, then went over the ark of the Lord, and also the priests before the people. And the children of Ruben, and the children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasses went before the children of Israel armed, as Moses charged them. Upon a forty thousand trimmed for war, went before the Lord unto battle, even unto the wild fields of Jericho. That day the Lord magnified Josua in the sight of all Israel and they feared him, as they feared Moses all the days of his life.
And the Lord spake unto Josua saying: command the priests that bear the ark of witness to come up out of Jordan. And Josua commanded the priests saying: Ascend up out of Jordan. And when the priests that bare the ark of the appointment of the Lord were ascended out of Jordan: as soon as the soles of the priests feet were brought to dry land, the water of Jordan returned again to his place and went over all his banks as he did before. And the people came up out of Jordan the tenth day of the first month and pitched in Galgall even in the east borders of Jericho.
And the twelve stones which they took out of Jordan, Josua pitched in Galgall. And he spake unto
the children of Israel saying: when your children ask you in time to come saying: what mean these
stones? show your children and say: Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For the Lord your
God dried up the water of Jordan before you, until ye were over, as the Lord your God did unto
the red sea, which he dried up before us till we were over, that all the people of the world may
know the hand of the Lord how mighty it is, and that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.
The 5th Chapter
And when all the kings of the Amorites which are on this side Jordan to the seaward, and all the kings of the Cananites which lie on the sea heard, how the Lord had dried up the water of Jordan before the children of Israel, until they were over, their hearts fainted in them. And there was no spirit in them any more, for fear of the coming of the children of Israel. That same time the Lord said unto Josua: Make thee knives of stone, and go to again and circumcise the children of Israel the second time. And Josua made him knives of stone and circumcised the children of Israel in the hill of foreskins. And this is the cause why Josua circumcised. All the people that came out of Egypt that were males, all that were men of war, died in the wilderness by the way after they came out of Egypt. Now all the people that came out were circumcised. But all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way after they came out of Egypt, they circumcised not. For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people of men of war that came out of Egypt were consumed, which hearkened not unto the voice of God, so that the Lord sware, that he would not show them the land which the Lord sware unto their fathers, that he would give us, even a land that floweth with milk and honey. And their children he set up in their stead: them Josua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they circumcised them not by the way.
And when all the people were full circumcised, they abode still in their places in the host till they were whole. And the Lord said unto Josua, this day I have taken away the shame of Egypt from you: and called the name of the same place Galgall unto this day. And the children of Israel pitched their tents in Galgall, and held the feast of passover the fourteenth day of the month at even in the fields of Jericho. And they ate of the corn of the land on the morrow after passover, sweet cakes and parched corn in the selfsame day. And Manna ceased on the morrow, after they had eaten of the corn of the land, neither had the children of Israel Manna any more, but did eat of the fruits of the land of Canaan that year.
And when Josua was come to Jericho, he lift up his eyes and looked: and behold there stood a
man before him with his sword drawn in his hand. And Josua went unto him and said unto him,
art thou on our side or on our adversaries? And he answered, Nay, but I am the captain of the
host of the Lord and am now come. And Josua fell on his face to the earth and did reverence, and
said unto him, what saith my Lord unto his servant. And the captain of the Lords host said unto
Josua: do thy shoes off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Josua did so.
The 6th Chapter
And Jericho shut in her people, and was shut for fear of the children of Israel, so that no man went out or in. And the Lord said into Josua: behold, I have given into thine hand, Jericho and her king and the men of war. And ye shall compass the city, all that be men of war, and go round about it once: and so shall you do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams horns before the ark. And the seventh day, ye shall compass the city seven times and the priests shall blow with their trumpets. And when there is a long blast blown with the rams horn, as soon as ye hear the sound of the horn, let all the people shout a mighty shout. And then shall the walls of the city fall down, and the people shall ascend up, every man straight before him. And Josua the son of Nun, called unto the priests and said unto them: take up the ark of the appointment, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams horns before the ark of the Lord. And he said unto the people, go and compass the city: And let the men of arms go before the ark of the Lord. And when Josua had spoken unto the people, the seven priests that bare the seven trumpets of rams horns before the ark of the Lord, went forth and blew with the horns, and the ark of the testament of the Lord followed after them. And the men of arms went before the priests that blew with the horns, and the common people came after the ark: and as they went, they blew with the horns. And Josua commanded the people saying, shout not nor let your voice be heard, or any word proceed out of your mouths, until the day I bid you shout: and then shout.
And so the ark of the Lord compassed the city and went about it once: and then they returned unto the host and lodged there. And Josua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord, and seven priests bare seven trumpets of rams horns before the ark of the Lord, and as they went, blew with the horns. And the men of arms went before them, and the common people came after the ark of the Lord: and as they went, they blew with the horns. And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned again into the host, and so they did six days long.
And the seventh day they rose early: even with the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only that they compassed the city seven times.
And at the seventh time, the priests blew with the horns, and Josua said unto the people, shout for the Lord hath given you the city. But the city shall be excommunicate, both it and all that is therin, unto the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, both she and all that is with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. And in any wise beware of the excommunicate things, lest ye make yourselves excommunicate. For if you take of the excommunicate things, so shall you make the host of Israel excommunicate and shall trouble it. But of the silver, gold, vessels of brass and iron shall be holy unto the Lord and shall go into his treasury.
And the people cried, and blew with horns: for when the people heard the sound of the horns, they shouted a great shout: and the walls fell down, and the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and took the city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox, sheep and Ass, with the edge of the sword.
Then Josua said to the two men that went to spy out the country: go into the harlots house, and bring out thence, both the woman and all that pertaineth to her, as ye sware to her. And the young men that were spies went in and brought out Rahab, and her father, and mother, and all the brethren and all that she had. And they brought out all her household and put them without the host of Israel.
And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therin. Only the silver, the gold, and the things of brass and iron they put unto the treasure of the house of the Lord. And Josua saved Rahab the harlot, and her fathers household and all that pertained unto her, and she dwelt in Israel, even unto this day, because she hid the messengers which Josua sent to spy out Jericho.
And Josua cursed at that time, saying, cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and
buildeth this city Jericho: so that he lay the foundation with the death of his eldest son, and with
the death of his youngest set up the gates. And the Lord was with Josua, and his fame was heard,
throughout all lands.
The 7th Chapter
But yet the children of Israel trespassed in the excommunicate things: for Acan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zareh of the tribe of Juda, took of the excommunicate things. And the wrath of the Lord waxed hot against the children of Israel.
Then Josua sent men from Jericho to Ai which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them saying, get you up and view the country. And the men went up and spied out Ai. And returned unto Josua and said unto him, let not all the people go up, but let as it were a two or three thousand men go up and destroy Ai, and make not all the people to labor thither, for they are but few.
And so there went up thither about a three thousand men, which fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai smote of them upon a thirty and six men, and chased them before the gates even unto Gabarim, and smote them in the going down. And the hearts of the people were discouraged and melted like water. And Josua rent his clothes and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the Lord until the eventide, both he and the elders of Israel, and put earth upon their heads.
And Josua said, Ah, Lord Jehovah, wherefore hast thou brought this people over Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us: would to God we had adventured and dwelt on the other side Jordan. Oh Lord what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies: Moreover the Cananites, and all the inhabiters of the land shall hear of it, and shall come about us and destroy the name of us out of the world. And then what wilt thou do unto thy mighty name?
And the Lord said unto Josua, get thee up, wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned and also transgressed mine appointment, which I commanded them, and have taken of the excommunicate things, and have stolen and hid them, and also put them unto their own stuff: And therefore the children of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They shall turn their backs before their enemies, because they be excommunicate. Neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the excommunicate from among you.
Up and sanctify the people and bid them to sanctify themselves against the morrow: for so saith the Lord God of Israel, the excommunication is among you Israel, and therefore ye cannot stand before your enemies, until ye have put the excommunication from among you. Tomorrow morning ye shall come by your tribes. And the tribe which the Lord shall find guilty, shall come by kindreds. And the kindred which the Lord shall find guilty, shall come by households. And the household which the Lord shall find faulty, shall come man by man. And he that is found in the excommunication shall be burnt with fire, both he and all that pertaineth unto him, because he hath transgressed the covenant of the Lord, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.
And so Josua rose up early in the morning and brought Israel by their tribes: and the tribe of Juda was caught. Then he brought the kindreds of Juda, and found the kindred of the Zarehites guilty. And he brought the kindred of the Zarehites by householders, and Zabdi was caught. And he brought his household man by man, and Acan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zareh in the tribe of Judah was caught.
And Josua said unto Acan: my son, give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and give him praise, and shew me what thou hast done, and hide it not from me. And Acan answered Josua and said: of a truth I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and so and so have I done. I saw among the spoil a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred sickles of silver, and a tongue of gold of fifty sickles weight: and I coveted them, and I took them. And behold they lie hid in the earth in my tent and the silver thereunder.
And then Josua sent messengers which ran unto the tent. And behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver thereunder. And they took them out of the midst of his tent and brought them unto Josua and unto all the children of Israel, and poured them out before the Lord.
And Josua took Acan the son of Zareh, and the silver, and the garment, and the tongue of gold, and his sons and his daughters, his oxen, asses, sheep, his tent and all that he had, and all Israel with him, and brought them unto the valley of Acor.
And Josua said: Inasmuch as thou hast troubled us: the Lord shall trouble thee this day. And all
Israel stoned him with stones, and burnt them with fire, and overwhelmed them with stones. And
they cast upon him a great heap of stones that remaineth unto this day. And so the Lord turned
from his fierce wrath. Wherefore the name of the place is called the valley of Acor unto this day.
The 8th Chapter
And the Lord said unto Josua: fear not, nor dread: but take all the men of war with thee, and up and get thee to Ai. Behold I have given into thy hand, the king of Ai, and his people, his city and his land. And thou shalt do to Ai and her king, as thou didst unto Jericho and her king. Nevertheless the spoil and cattle thereof, ye shall take unto yourselves. But lay a watch unto the town on the backside thereof.
And then Josua arose and all the men of war, to go up unto Ai. And Josua chose out thirty thousand men of war, and sent them by night. And he commanded them saying: See that ye lie await unto the town on the backside thereof. Go not very far from the city, and see that ye be all ready. And I and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city. And when they come out against us, as at the first time, then will we flee before them. And they will come out after us, until we have plucked them away from the city. For they will say, they flee before us, as at the first time: for we will flee before them. Then shall ye rise up from lying await and destroy the city: For the Lord your God will deliver it into your hands. As soon therefore as ye have taken the city, see that ye set it on fire. According to the commandment of the Lord see that ye do, behold, I have charged you.
And Josua sent them forth, and they went to lie await, and lay between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of Ai. But Josua lodged that night among the people. And he rose up early in the morning and numbered the people and went up, both he and the elders of Israel before the people, unto Ai. And all the men of war that were with him, went up and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai, a valley being between them and Ai, and he took upon a five thousand men and put them to lie await, between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city. And he put the people even all the host, on the north side of the city, and the layers await on the west. And Josua went the same night into the midst of the valley.
And when the king of Ai saw that they hasted and rose up early, then the people of the city went out against Israel, to battle, both the King and all his people, at a time appointed, even before the plain, and knew not that there were layers await on the backside of the city.
And Josua and Israel were put to the worse before them, and fled toward the wilderness. And all the people of the town cried to follow after them. And they followed after Josua till they were drawn away from the city: So that there was not a man left in Ai, or in Bethel, that went not out after Israel. And they left the city open and followed after Israel.
Then the Lord said unto Josua stretch out the buckler that is in thine hand toward Ai, for I have given thee it. And Josua stretched out the buckler that was in his hand, toward the city. And the layers await rose quickly out of their places, and ran, as soon as Josua had stretched out his hand, and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set it on fire. And when the men of Ai looked back after them and saw. Behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven. And they had no place to flee either this way or that, for the people that fled to the wilderness turned back again upon the followers.
And when Josua and all Israel saw that the layers await had taken the city and that the smoke of it ascended. They turned again and laid on the men of Ai. And the other issued out of the city against them. And so were they in the midst of Israel, these being on the one side of them, and the rest on the other. And they laid upon them, so that they let none either remain or escape. And the King of Ai they took alive and brought him to Josua. And when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabiters of Ai in the fields and in the wilderness by which they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the Edge of the sword, until they were wasted. Then all Israel returned unto Ai and smote it with the edge of the sword. And all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai.
For Josua plucked not his hand back again which he stretched out with the buckler, until they had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. Only the cattle and the spoil of the said city, Israel took unto themselves, according unto the word of the Lord, which he commanded Josua. And Josua set Ai on fire and made it an heap for ever and a wilderness, even unto this day. And the king of Ai he hanged on tree, until evening. And as soon as the *son was down, Josua commanded and they took the carcass down off the tree, and cast it in the entering of the gate of the city, and cast theron a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day. *son exact spelling sonne, elsewhere in the text sun is spelled sunne.
Then Josua built an altar unto the Lord God of Israel, in mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord commanded the children of Israel, according as it is written in the book of the law of Moses: an altar of rough stone over which no tool of iron was lifted. And they sacrificed theron burnt sacrifice, and offered peaceofferings. And he wrote there upon the stones the second law of Moses which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.
And all Israel and the elders thereof, and their officers and Judges stood, part on this side the ark,
and part on that side, before the priests: that were Levites which bare the ark of the appointment
of the Lord: as well the stranger, as they that were born among them: half of them on the
forefront of the Mount of Garizim, and half of them on the forefront of mount Ebal: as Moses the
servant of the Lord commanded, first to bless the people of Israel. And after that he read all the
words of the law, both the blessing and cursing, according to all that is written in the book of the
law: so that there was not one word of all that Moses commanded, which Josua read not, before
all the congregation of Israel, with women and children and the strangers that were among them.
The 9th Chapter
And when all the kings that dwell on this side Jordan, in the hills and valleys, and along by all the coasts of the great sea, even unto Libanon, the Hethites, the Amorites, the Cananites, the Pheresites, the Hevites, and the Jebusites heard: they gathered themselves together to fight against Josua and Israel with one accord.
But when the *Enhabiters of Gabaon heard what Josua had done unto Jericho, and Ai, they played wilely, and went and sent ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their Asses, and wine bottles old and rent and knit together again, and old clouted shoes upon their feet, and old raiment upon them and all their provision of bread was dried up and hoared. And they came unto Josua unto the host, to Galgall and said unto him and unto the men of Israel: we be come from a far country, now therefore make agreement with us. And the men of Israel said unto the Hevites, peradventure you dwell among us, and then how should we make peace with you. *Enhabiters: exact spelling, with the capital E,
And they said unto Josua, we are thy servants. And Josua said unto them, what are ye: and whence come ye? And they answered him. From a very far country thy servants are come in the name of the Lord thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites beyond Jordan, Sehon king of Hesbon and Og king of Basan which dwelt at Astharoth. Wherefore our elders and all the *Enhabiters of our country spake to us saying: take victuals with you to serve by the way, and go against them, and say unto them we are your servants. Now therefore make a covenant of peace with us. This our provision of bread, we took with us out of our houses, hot, the day we departed to come unto you. And now behold it is dried up and hoared. And these bottles of wine which we filled were new: and see, they be rent. And these our garments and shoes are waxen old by reason of the exceeding long *Journey. *Journey: exact spelling, with the capital J,
And the men took of their victuals, and counselled not with the mouth of the Lord. And Josua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to save their lives: and the lords of the congregation sware unto them. But three days after they had made peace with them, they heard that they were neighbors unto them, and that they dwelt among them. For the children of Israel took their Journey and came unto their cities the third day: and their cities were Gabaon, Caphira, Beeroth and kariath Jarim. And the children of Israel slew them not, because the lords of the congregation had sworn unto them by the Lord God of Israel. And therefore all the multitude murmured against the Lords. But all the lords said unto all the congregation: we have sworn unto them by the Lord God of Israel, and therefore we may not hurt them. But this we will do to them and let them live: and so shall no wrath be upon us because of the oath which we sware unto them. And the Lords said unto them, that they should live: and they were made hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation, as the Lords said unto them. Then Josua sent for them, and talked with them, and said: wherefore have ye beguiled us and yet ye dwell among us? and now therefore cursed be you, and there shall not cease to be of you, bondmen and hewers of wood and drawers of water unto the house of my God.
And they answered Josua and said: it was told thy servants, how that the Lord thy God had commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the Enhabiters thereof out of your sight, and therefore we were exceeding sore afraid of our lives because of you, and now behold, we are in thine hand, as it seemeth good and right in thine eyes to do unto us, so do.
And he dealt as it is said, with them, and rid them out of the hands of the children of Israel, that
they slew them not. And Josua made them that same day hewers of wood and drawers of water
unto the congregation and unto the altar of God unto this day, in the place which God should
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And when Adonizedec King of Jerusalem had heard how Josua had taken Ai, and had destroyed it, and how that as he had done to Jericho and her king, even so he had done to Ai and her king, and how the *Enhabiters of Gabaon had made peace with Israel and did remain among them: then they feared exceedingly, for Gabaon was a great city, as any city of the kingdom, and thereto greater than Ai, and all her men were mighty. Wherefore Adonizedec king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Pharam king of Jerimoth, and unto Japhia king of Lachis, and unto Dabir king of Eglon saying. Come up unto me and help me, that we may smite Gabaon: for they have made peace with Josua and the children of Israel. Then the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jerimoth, the king of Lachis, the king of Eglon gathered themselves together, both they and all their hosts and went up and besieged Gabaon, and made war against it. *Enhabiters: exact spelling, with the capital E,
But the men of Gabaon sent unto Josua unto the host to Galgall, saying: withdraw not thy hands from thy servants, but come up to us: for all the kings of the Amorites which dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us.
And Josua ascended from Galgall, both he and all the people of war with him, and all the men of might, and the Lord said unto Josua, fear them not, for I have delivered them unto thine hand, there shall not a man of them stand before thee. And Josua came unto them suddenly, and journeyed from Galgall all night. And the Lord turmoiled them before Israel and slew of them a great slaughter at Gabaon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethoron and slew them till they came to Esaka and Makeda. And as they fled from Israel, even in the going down to Bethoron, the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them, until they came unto Esaka, that they died. And there were more that died with hailstones, than the children of Israel slew with the sword.
Then spake Josua unto the Lord, the day when the Lord delivered the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of all Israel: *Son stand thou still upon Gabaon, and thou Moon, in the valley of Aialon. And the sun abode, and the moon stood still, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of the righteous, how that the *son abode in the midst of heaven and hasted not to go down by the space of a whole day. And there was no day like that, before it, or after it, that the Lord obeyed the voice of a man: and all because the Lord fought for Israel. *son exact spelling sonne, elsewhere in the text sun is spelled sunne.
And Josua returned and all Israel with him, unto the host to Galgall: but the five Kings fled and hid themselves in a cave at Makeda. And it was told Josua, saying: the five kings are found hid in a cave at Makeda. And Josua said, roll great stones unto the mouth of the cave and appoint men thereto, for to keep them. And stand ye not still, but follow after your enemies and smite the hindmost of them. And suffer them not to enter into their cities, for the Lord your God hath delivered them into your hands. And when Josua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a great slaughter till they were wasted, yet there remained a certain of them, which entered into walled cities.
And all the people returned to the host, to Josua at Makeda in peace, so that no man durst move his tongue against the children of Israel. Then said Josua: open the mouth of the cave, and bring out these five Kings unto me out of the cave. And they did so, and brought those five Kings unto him, out of the cave: the King of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the King of Jerimoth the King of Lachis, and the King of Eglon.
And when they had brought out those Kings unto Josua: Josua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war, which came with him, come near and a put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near and put their feet upon the necks of them. And Josua said unto them fear not nor dread: But be strong and pluck up your hearts, for so shall the Lord serve all your enemies against which ye fight.
And then Josua smote them and slew them and hanged them on five trees till evening. And at the going down of the son, Josua gave commandment, and they took them down off the trees and cast them into the cave, where they hid themselves, and laid great stones on the caves mouth, which remain unto this day. And that same day Josua took Makeda, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof also, and utterly destroyed them and all the souls that were therein, and let nought remain. And he did to the King of Makeda, as he did to the king of Jericho. Then Josua went from Makeda, and all Israel with him unto Libna, and fought against Libna. And the Lord delivered it also into their hands, with the King also and smote it with the edge of the sword and all the souls that were therein, and let nought remain in it, and did unto the King thereof as he did unto the king of Jericho.
After that Josua departed from Libna, and all Israel with him, unto Lachis, and besieged it, and assaulted it. And the Lord delivered into the hands of Israel Lachis, that they took it the *Second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he did to Libna. *S cap S as it is written
Then Horam King of Geser came up to help Lachis: But Josua smote him and his people, until he left him nought remaining.
And from Lachis Josua departed, unto Eglon, and all Israel with him, and there besieged it, and assaulted it, and took it the same day, and smote it with the edge of the sword and all the souls that were therein: and utterly destroyed them the same day, according to all that he did to Lachis.
Then Josua departed up from Eglon and all Israel with him, unto Hebron. And they fought against it, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the towns that pertained to it, and all the souls that were therein, so that they left nought remaining: but in all things as they did to Eglon, so they destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein.
Then Josua returned and all Israel with him to Dabir, and they fought against it, and took it, and the king thereof and all the towns that pertained thereto. And smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein, and let nought remain. And as he did to Hebron, so he did to Dabir, and the King thereof, and as he did to Libna and her King.
And Josua smote all the hill countries and the south countries, and the valleys, and the springs of
water, with all their kings and let nought remain, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the
Lord God of Israel commanded. And Josua smote them from Cades barne, unto Asah, and all the
coasts of Gosan, even unto Gabaon. And all those kings and their land, Josua took at one time:
because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel. And then Josua returned and all Israel with him
unto the host to Galgall.
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And when Jabin King of Hazer had heard that: he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Someron, and to the King of Acsaph. And unto the Kings that are by north in the mountains, and plains, on the south side of Ceneroth, and in the low countries, and in the regions of Dor upon the sea, and unto the Cananites both by East and west: and unto the Amorites, Hethites, Pheresites, and Jebusites in the mountains: and unto the Hevites under Hermon in the land of Mazphah: which came out and all their hosts with them a multitude of folk even as the sands of the sea in number with horses and chariots exceeding many. And all these Kings met together, and came and pitched together upon the water of Merom, for to fight with Israel.
And the Lord said unto Josua: be not afraid of them: for tomorrow about this time I will deliver them all slain, before all Israel: and thou shalt *hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire. And Josua came and all the men of war with him against them, unto the water of Merom, suddenly, and fell upon them. And the Lord delivered them into the hands of Israel: and they smote them and chased them, into great Sidon, and unto the hot waters, and unto the valley of Mazphah Eastward: and smote them until they had none remaining of them. And Josua served them as the Lord bade him, *houghed their horses and burnt their chariots with fire. *houghed: cut to disable
Then Josua at that time turned back and took Hazer and smote her King with the sword. For Hazer before time was the head of all those kingdoms. And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them, that no breath was let remain. And burnt Hazer with fire and all the cities of those Kings, with all the kings of them, Josua took and smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed them as Moses the servant of the Lord commanded.
But Israel burnt none of the cities that stood upon hills, save Hazer only, that Josua burnt: but all the spoil of the said cities and the cattle, the children of Israel caught unto themselves: But the men only they smote with the edge of the sword until they had destroyed them, and had left no breath remaining. As the Lord commanded Josua, and even so did Josua and minished no word of all that the Lord commanded Moses.
And so Josua took all the land, the hills and all the south country, and all the land of Gosan, and the low country, and the plains, and the mountain of Israel, with the low country of the same, even from mount Halak that goeth up to Seir, unto Baal Gad in the valley of Libanon, under mount Hermon. And all the kings of the same, he took and smote them, and slew them.
Josua made war long time with those kings: for there was no city that made peace with the children of Israel, save those Hethites that inhabited Gabaon: All other they took with battle: for it came of the Lord to harden their hearts: that they should come against Israel in battle: even to destroy them utterly, that they should have no mercy, but to bring them to naught. As the Lord commanded Moses.
And that same season, Josua went and destroyed the Enakites out of the mountains, and out of Hebron, Dabir, and Anab, and out of all the mountains of Juda, and out of all the mountains of Israel. And Josua destroyed them utterly with their cities. So that there was not one Enakite left in the land of the children of Israel: only in Asah, Geth, and Asdod, there remained of them.
And Josua took the whole land according to all that the Lord said unto Moses, and gave it a
possession unto Israel every man his part in their tribes: and the land rested from war.
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These are the kings of the land which the children of Israel smote and conquered their lands, on the other side Jordan eastward, from the river Arnon, unto mount Hermon, and all the plain eastward: Sehon King of the Amorites that dwelt in Hesbon, and ruled from Aroer, which lieth on the brim of the river of Arnon, and to the middle of the river, and half Galaad unto the river Jabock, the border of the children of Ammon: And in the plain unto the sea of Ceneroth eastward, and unto the sea in the plain called the salt sea *Eastward, the way to Beth, Jesimoth and by south under the springs of phasgah. * cap E; as written
And the coasts of Og, king of Basan which was of the remnant of the Raphaites and dwelt at Astharoth, and Edrai: and reigned in mount Hermon, and in Salecah, and throughout all Basan, unto the borders, of the Gesurites, and the Macathites and half Galaad, unto the borders of Sehon King of Hesbon. Moses the servant of the Lord and the children of Israel smote them, and Moses the servant of the Lord, gave their lands a possession, unto the Rubenites, Gaddites, and half the tribe of Manasses.
These are the Kings of the country which Josua and the children of Israel smote on this side Jordan, westward, from Baal Gad in the valley of Libanon, even unto mount Halak that goeth up to Seir. And Josua gave the land unto the tribes of Israel to possess, to every man his part: in the upper land, and nether land, in plains, and springs of water, in the wilderness, and south country the Hethites, the Amorites, the Cananites, the Pheresites, the Hevites and the Jebusites.
The King of Jericho: The King of Ai beside Bethel: The King of Jerusalem: The King of Hebron:
The King of Jerimoth: the King of Lachis: The King of Eglon: The King of Gazer: The King of
Dabir: The King of Gader: The King of Horma: The King of Ered: The King of Libna: The King
of Odolam: The King of Makeda: The King of Bethel: The King of Thaphuah: The King of
Hepher: The King of Aphek: The King of Lasaron: The King of Madan: The King of Haser: The
King Someronmeron: The King of Acsaph: The King Thenach: The King of Magedo: The King of
Cades: The King of Jakanam in Carmel: The King of the country of Dor: The King of the nations
in Galgall: and King Therzah: All the Kings together thirty and one.
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When Josua was waxen old, and stricken in years, the Lord said unto him: thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet exceeding much land to be possessed. This is the land that remaineth: all the coasts of the Philistines: and all the Gesurites: from Nile in Egypt unto the borders of Akaron northward, which land was counted to pertain unto the Cananites, even to the five Lords of the Philistines: the Asathites, Asdadites, Ascalonites, Gethites, Akaronites, with the Evites, from the south. All the land of the Cananites, and Maara that pertaineth to the Sidons, even unto Aphek, and to the borders of the Amorites. And the land of the Giblites, and all Libanon toward the *son rising, from Baal Gad under mount Hermon until thou come to Hemath, all the inhabiters of the hill country, from Libanon unto the hot waters even all the Sidones. I will cast them out from before the children of Israel, and see that thou in any wise divide it by lot unto the children of Israel to inherit, as I have commanded thee. Now therefore divide this land to inherit, unto the nine tribes and the half tribe of Manasses. For the other half with the Rubenites and the Gaddites have received their inheritance already which Moses gave them beyond Jordan Eastward: even as Moses the servant of the Lord gave them: from Aroer that lieth on the brim of the river Arnon: with the city in the midst of the river. And all the plain of Midba unto Dibon: and all the cities of Sehon, King of the Amorites which reigned in Hesbon, even unto the borders of the children of Ammon: and Galaad, and the lands that border upon the Gesurites and the Machathites, and all mount Hermon and all Basan unto Selecah: even all the kingdom of Og in Basan which reigned in Astharoth and Edrai which same remained yet of the *Rest of the Raphaites. But Moses smote them and destroyed them. *son exact spelling sonne, elsewhere in the text sun is spelled sunne. *R cap R as written.
Nevertheless the children of Israel expelled not the Gesurites nor the Machathites: But the Gesurites and the Machathites dwelt among the Israelites even unto this day. Only unto the tribe of Levi, he gave none inheritance: for the offering of the Lord God of Israel is their inheritance as he said unto them.
And Moses gave unto the tribe of the children of Ruben by their kindreds. And their coasts were from Aroer that lieth on the bank of the river Arnon, and the city that lieth in the river, and all the plain about Madba, Hesbon, and all her towns that lie in the plain: Dibon Bamothbaal and Bethbaalmeon: Jahazah, Kedemoth and Nephaath Kiriathaim, Sabamah and Zarath Zahar in mount Emak: and Beth Pheor and the springs of Phasgah, and Bethiesimoth: and all the cities in the plain. And all the kingdom of Sehon King of the Amorites which reigned in Hesbon, whom Moses smote with the Lords of Madian, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba, the Lords of Sehon, and the *Enhabiters of the country. And Balam also the son of Beor the soothsayer, the children of Israel slew with the sword, among other that were slain. And the borders of the children of Ruben was Jordan with the country that lieth theron. This is the inheritance of the children of Ruben in their kindreds, with the cities and villages pertaining thereto.
And Moses gave unto the tribe of Gad, even unto the children of Gad he gave by kindreds. And their coasts were Jazer, and all the cities of Galaad, and half the land of the children of Ammon, unto Aroer that lieth before Rabah: And from Hesbon unto Ramoth mazphah, and Betonim: and from Mahanaim unto the borders of Dabir. And in the valley they had Betharam, Bethnimra, Socoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sehon King of Hesbon, and Jordan and the coasts that lie theron, even unto the edge of the sea of Ceneroth, on the other side Jordan *Eastward. This is the inheritance of the children of Gad in their kindreds, the cities with their villages. *E cap E as recorded
And Moses gave unto the half tribe of Manasses. And the half tribe of Manasses had their part by their kindreds. And their coasts were from Mahanaim, even all Basan, the kingdom of Og, King of Basan, and all the towns of Jair which lie in Basan, even three score cities, and half Galaad and Astaroth, and Edrai, cities of the kingdom of Og in Basan, which pertain unto the children of Machir the son of Manasses, and that unto half the children of Machir by their kindreds.
These are they to which Moses gave inheritance in the fields of Moab, on the other side Jordan by
Jericho Eastward. But unto the tribe of Levi Moses gave none inheritance, for the Lord God of
Israel he is their inheritance, as he said unto them.
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And these are the countries which the children inherited in the land of Canaan, unto which Eleazar the priest, and Josua the son of Nun and the ancient heads of the tribes of the children of Israel, gave them their inheritance by lot, as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses, to give unto the nine tribes, and unto the half tribe of Manasses. For Moses had given inheritance unto two tribes and an half on the other side Jordan. But unto the Levites he gave none inheritance among them. For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasses and Ephraim. And therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in and the suburbs of the same, for their beasts and cattle. As the Lord commanded Moses: even so the children of Israel did when they divided the land.
And the children of Juda came unto Josua in Galgall. And Caleb the son of Jephune the Kenesite said unto him: thou wettest what the Lord said unto Moses the man of God, about me and thee in Cades Barne. Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Cades Barne to spy out the land. And I brought them word again even as I thought in mine heart. Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me discouraged the hearts of the people. But I followed the Lord my God even unto the end.
And Moses sware the same season saying the land whereon thy feet have trodden, shall be thine inheritance and thy children for ever because thou hast followed the Lord my God continually. And now behold, the Lord hath kept me lusty (as he said) this forty and five years, even since the Lord spake unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness. And now see I am this day four score and five years: and yet am as strong at this time, as I was when Moses sent me: look how strong I was then, so strong I am now, to war and to do all manner of things.
Now therefore give me this mountain which the Lord at that time promised, for thou heardest at
the time, how the Enakims were there, and how the cities were great and walled. I trust the Lord
will be with me, and I shall drive them out as the Lord said. And Josua blessed Caleb the son of
Jephune and gave him Hebron to inherit. And Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of
Jephune the Kenesite, unto this day: because he followed the Lord God of Israel perpetually. And
the name of Hebron was called in old time, Kariath arbe, which was a huge man among the
Enakims. And the land ceased from war.
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And the lot of the tribe of the children of Juda in their kindreds was the wilderness of Zin that stretched to the coasts of Edom southward, and is the utmost part of the south coasts. And their south coasts were from the brink of the salt sea and from a certain point of the sea that leaneth southward. And it went out on the south side of the going up to Acrabim, and went along to Zimma, and ascended up on the south side of Cedes Barne, and went along the Hezron and went up to Adar, and set a compass to Karca and went along to Azmon, and it went out to the river of Egypt: so that the end of the coast is the sea. And these are their south coasts.
And their east coasts are the salt sea even unto the edge of Jordan. And their borders in the north quarter were from another point of the sea where Jordan endeth. And went up to Bethhagla and went along by the north side of Betharabah and went to the stone of Bohen the son of Ruben. And then went up to Dabir from the valley of Acor, and so northward, turning toward Galgall that lieth before the going up to Adonim, which is of the south side of the River. And then went along to the water of Ensemes, and ended at the well of Rogell. And then went up to the valley of the son of Hennom, even unto the south side of the Jebusites the inhabiters of Jerusalem. And then went up to the top of the hill that lieth before the valley of Hennom westward, and by the edge of the valley of Raphaim northward: And then it draweth from the sand hill unto the fountain of water called Nephthoah, and goeth out at the cities of mount Ephron: and draweth to Balah, otherwise called kariathiarim: and then it compasseth from Balah westward, unto Eyr, and then goeth along unto the side of mount Jarim, otherwise called Chesalon, on the north side thereof. And cometh down to Bethsames and goeth to Thamnah, and goeth out on the side of Akaron northward: And then draweth to Secron and goeth along to mount Balah, and goeth out at Jabnel: and the end of the coasts is the sea. And the west borders are the great sea and the coasts that lie theron. And these are the coasts of the children of Juda round about in their kindreds.
And unto Caleb the son of Jephune was there a part given among the children of Juda, by the mouth of the Lord to Josua, even the city of Kariatharbe father of Enack which city is called Hebron. And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Enack, Sefai, Ahman, and Thalmai, the sons begotten of Enack. And he went up thence, to the inhabiters of Dabir, whose name in the old time was kariath sepher. And Caleb said: he that smiteth kariath sepher and taketh it: to him will I give Acsah my daughter to wife. And Othinel, the son of Kenes, the brother of Caleb took it. And he gave him Acsah his daughter to wife. And as she went she moved him, to ask of her father a field. And she alighted off her ass. And Caleb said unto her, what aileth thee. And she said, give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a southward and dry land: give me also springs of water. Then he gave her springs of water, both above and beneath. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Juda in their kindreds.
And the cities of the tribe of the children of Juda in all quarters, toward the coasts of Edom southward, were: Kabzel, Eder, and Jagur: Kinah, Dimonah, and Adada: Kedes Hazer, and Jethnan: Ziph, Telem, and Baloth, Hazer Hadathah, and Karioth, Hezron, otherwise called Hazor: Eman, Sami, and Moladah: Hazargadah, Hasmon, and Bethpheleth: Hazarsual, Bersabe, and Baziothiah: Baalah, Jim, and Azen: Eltholad, Cesill, and Horma: Zikelag, Medemenah, and Sensenah: Labaoth, Selhim, Ain, and Kemon: all these cities are twenty and nine with their villages. And in the low country they had Esthaol, Zareah, and Asenah: Zoneah, Enganim, Thaphuah and Enam: Jerimoth, Adulam, Socoh, and Askah: Saarem, Adithaim, Gederah, and Geberothaim: fourteen cities with their villages.
Zenan, Hadazah, and Magdalgad: Delean Mazphah, and Jektheel: Lachis, Bazcath, and Eglon: Cabon, Lahamam, and Cethlis: Gaderoth, Bethdagon, Maamah and Makedah: sixteen cities with their villages.
Lebnah, Ether, and Asan: Jephthah, Asnah, and Nezib: Keilah, Kahezip, and Maresah: nine cities with their villages.
Akron with their towns and villages. And from Akron out to the sea, all that lieth about Asdod with their villages. Asdod with her towns and villages. Asah with her towns and villages, even unto the river of Egypt: and the great sea with the coasts that lie thereon.
And in the mountains, they had Samir Jathir, and Socoh: Danah: and Kariath senath, which is Dabir: Anab, Esthemoh, and Anim: Gozen, Holon, and Giloh: eleven cities with their villages. Arab, Dumah, and Esean: Janim, Beththapuah and Aphcah: Humatah and kariath arbe: which is Hebron and Zior: nine cities with their villages. Maon, Carmel, Siph, and Jutah: Jesraell, Jukadan, and Sanoeh: Cain, Gabaah, and Thamnah: ten cities with their villages. Halhull Bethzur, and Gedor: Maarath, Bethanoth, and Elthecon: Six cities with their villages. Kariath Baal which is kariath Jarim, and Harabba two cities with their villages.
And in the wilderness they had Betharabah, Meddin and Sacacah: Nebson, the city of salt, and
Engadi: Six cities with their villages. But the Jebusites that were the inhabiters of Jerusalem: the
children of Juda could not cast out. Wherefore the Jebusites dwell among the children of Juda
unto this day.
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A And the lot of the children of Joseph fell from Jordan by Jericho, unto the water of Jericho eastward, and the wilderness that goeth up from Jericho throughout mount Bethel: and then goeth out from Bethel to Lus, and runneth along unto the borders of Arciataroth: and goeth down westward, even unto the coasts of Japhlethi, and unto the coasts of Bethhoron the nether, and so to Gasor, and the ends of their coasts came to the sea. And so the children of Joseph, Manasses and Ephraim took their inheritance.
And the children of Ephraim took their coasts by kindreds. And the coasts of their inheritance
*Eastward were, Ataroth Ador, even unto Bethhoron the upper, and went out westward to
Machmathah on the *North side, and compassed *Eastward unto Thaanath Silo, and past it on
the East side unto Janoah, and went down from Janoah to Ataroth and Naarath, and met at
Jericho, and went out at Jordan. And their borders went from Thaphuah westward unto the river
Kanah, and the ends were the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim in
their kindreds, and the bordering cities of the children of Ephraim, lie among the inheritance of the
children of Manasses: even all the cities with their villages. Notwithstanding they drove not out
the Cananites that dwelt in Gasor: but the Cananites dwelt among the Ephraites unto this day, and
pay tribute.* all capitals as recorded from the original.
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And the tribe of Manasses which was the eldest son of Joseph received a lot. And Machir the eldest son of Manasses which was the father of Galaad (and a man of war) had Galaad and Basan. And the rest of the children of Manasses received by their kindreds: which were the children of Abiezer: the children of Nelek: the children of Asriel: the children of Sichen, the children of Nepher: the children of Semida. These are the male children of Manasses the son of Joseph in their kindreds. But Zelaphead the son of Hepher the son of Galaad, the son of Machir, the son of Manasses, had no sons save daughters. And these are the names of his daughters: Mahela, Nea, Hagla, Melcha, and Thirza: which came before Eleazar the priest, and before Josua the son of Nun, and before the Lords saying: the Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. And he gave them at the mouth of the Lord, an inheritance among the brethren of their fathers. And there fell ten portions to Manasses beside the land of Galaad and Basan which are on the other side Jordan: because the daughters of Manasses did inherit among his sons. And Manasses other sons had the land of Galaad.
And the coasts of Manasses reached from Aser to Machmathah that lieth before Sichem and went along on the right hand, even unto the inhabiters of Enthaphuah, and the land of Thaphuah belonged to Manasses, which Thaphuah lay in the borders between Manasses and the children of Ephraim. And the coasts descended unto the river Canah on whose south side Ephraim hath cities among the cities of Manasses. For the coasts of Manasses were on the north side of the river and the ends of them was the sea: so that the south pertained to Ephraim, and the north to Manasses, and the sea is his border. And they met together in Aser northward, and in Isacar *Eastward. And Manasses had in Isacar and in Aser, Bethsean, and her towns: and the inhabiters of Dor, with the towns pertaining to the same: and the inhabiters of Endor with the towns of the same: and the inhabiters of Thaanath with her towns and the inhabiters of Magedo with the towns of the same, even three countries: yet the children of Manasses could not overcome those cities: But the Cananites began to dwell in the same land. Nevertheless as soon as the children of Israel were waxed strong, they put the Cananites to tribute, but expelled them not.
And the children of Joseph spake unto Josua saying: why hast thou given us but one lot and one
portion to inherit, seeing we be much people, and for as much as the Lord hath blessed us so: and
Josua answered them: if ye be much people, then get you up to the wood country, and prepare for
yourselves there in the land of the Pheresites and of the Raphaites, if mount Ephraim be too
narrow for you. Then the children of Joseph said again the hill will not be gotten of us: for all the
Cananites that dwell in the low country have chariots of iron, and so have they that inhabit
Bethsean, and the towns of the same, and they also that dwell in the valley of Jezreel. And Josua
answered the house of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasses saying: ye be much people and have great
power and shall not therefore have one lot. But the hill shall be yours, for it is a wood country and
ye shall bring it to fashion, and it shall be yours even unto the ends of it, for ye shall be able to
cast out the Cananites for all their iron chariots and for all they be so strong.
The 18th Chapter
And the whole congregation of the children of Israel came together at Siloh, and set up the tabernacle of witness there, and the land was in subjection before them. But there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes which had not their inheritance divided out. And Josua said unto the children of Israel, how long are ye so slack to go and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers hath given you? Bring of every tribe three men that I may send them. And that they may rise and walk through the land and distribute it by their inheritances and come again to me. Divide it into seven parts. For Juda shall abide by their coasts in the south, and the house of Joseph shall stand to their coasts in the north. Describe ye the land therefore into seven parts, and bring the description to me hither, that I may cast lots for you here before the Lord our God. The Levites have no part among you for the priestship of the Lord is their inheritance. And Gad, Ruben, and half the tribe of Manasses have received their inheritance beyond Jordan *Eastward, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave them. *capital E
And the men arose and went their way. And Josua charged them that went to describe the land saying: hence and go through the land and describe it, and come again to me hither: and I will cast lots for you before the Lord in Siloh. And the men departed, and walked through the land and described it by cities into seven parts in a book, and returned to Josua unto the host at Siloh. And Josua cast lots for them in Siloh before the Lord, and there he divided the land unto the children of Israel, to each their portion. And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came up according to their kindreds. And the coasts of their lot came out between the children of Juda and the children of Joseph. And their north coasts were from Jordan and went up to the side of Jericho on the north side, and went up through the mountains westward, and they ended at the wilderness of Bethaven: and went from thence to the south side of Lus, otherwise called Bethel: and descended to Ataroth Adar upon the hill that lieth on the south side of the nether Bethhoron. And the west coast draweth and compasseth southward, even from the hill that lieth before Bethhoron, and goeth out at Kariathbaal which is Kariath Jarim, a city of the children of Juda: and this is the west quarter: and the south coast goeth from the edge of Kariathjarim westward, and goeth out to the water well, of Nephthoah and cometh down to the edge of the hill that lieth before the valley of the son of Hennom which is in the valley of Raphaim northward, and descendeth through the valley of Hennom unto the side of Jebusi southward and goeth down to the well of Rogell. And compasseth from the north and goeth forth to Ensames and to the coasts that lie before the going up unto Adomim: and goeth down to the stone of Bohan the son of Ruben: and then goeth along toward the side of the plain, northward: and goeth down into the plain: and goeth along to the side of Bethhaglah northward, and endeth and the point of the salt sea north therefrom, and at the end of Jordan south therefrom. This is the south coast.
And Jordan is their east coast, this is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin with their coasts round about and by their kindreds. And these are the cities of the tribes of the children of Benjamin in their kindreds: Jericho, Bethhaglah, and the valley of Kaziz: Betharabah, Zamarim, and Bethel: Auim, Pharah, and Ophrah; Chepar Ammonai, Ophni, and Gabai, twelve cities with their villages.
Gabaon, Ramah, and Beroth: Mazphah, Caphairah and Mozah: Rekem, Jarephel and Tharelah,
Zela, Eleph, and the city of the Jebusites which is Jerusalem, Gabaath, and Kariath, fourteen cities
with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin in their kindreds.
The 19th Chapter
And the second lot came out unto the tribe of the children of Simeon by their kindreds. And their inheritance fell in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Juda. And their inheritance was Bersabe, Sabe, and Moladah, Hazorsual, Balah, and Azem, Eltholad, Bethul and Hormah Zikelag, Bethmarcaboth and Hazetsusah, Bethlebaoth, and Saruhen thirteen cities with their villages. Aim, Remon, Ether and Asan, four cities with their villages: and thereto all the villages that lie round about these cities, even unto Balasath, Beor and Ramath, southward. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Simeon in their kindreds out of the portion of the children of Juda, came the inheritance of the children of Simeon. For the part of the children of Juda was too much for them: and therefore the children of Simeon had their inheritance in the inheritance of them.
And the third lot came unto the children of Zabulon according unto their kindreds. And the coasts of their inheritance came to Sarid, and went up to the Sea and to Martalah, and touched at Dabaseth, and met at the river that lieth before Jokneven: and turned from Sarid eastward toward the sun rising unto the border of Chisloth in mount Thabor: and then goeth out to Dabereth and goeth up to Japhia: and from thence goeth along eastward toward the sun rising, to Sethah, Hepher Ithah, and Jazim, and goeth to Remon, Methoar, and Neah. And compasseth it on the north side and goeth to Nathan, and endeth in the valley of Jephthahel. And Jatath, Nathalol, Semron, Jedalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the Children of Zabulon, in their kindreds. The said cities with their villages.
And the fourth lot came out to the children of Isacar by their kindreds. And their coasts were Jesraelah, Casuloth, Sunem, Napharaim, Silom, Anaharath: Harabith, Kision and Abez: Rameth, Enganim, Enhadah, and Bethphazez. And his coasts met at Thabor Sahazimah and at Bethsames and endeth at Jordan, Sixteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Isacar by their kindreds, the cities and their villages.
And the fifth lot came out unto the tribe of the children of Aser by their kindreds.
And their coasts were Helkath, Hali, Beten and Achsaph: Alamelech, Amaad, and Miseal: and met at Carmel on the sea, and at Sihor and at Labanath and turneth toward the sun rising to Bethdagon, and met at Zabulon and in the valley of Jehthah, and toward the northside of Bethemek and Negel, and goeth out on the left side of Cabul: and Hebron, Rohob, Hamon, and Kanah even unto great Sidon. And then the coast turneth to Ramah and to the strong city of Azor and turneth to Hozah and endeth at the sea: by the possession of Achzibah: Ama, Aphek, and Rohob: twenty and two cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Aser by their kindreds: these cities with their villages.
And the sixth lot came out unto the children of Nephthali by their kindreds. And their coasts were from Heleph and from Eloim Zaananim, and Adami, Nekeb and Jabneel even to Lakum, and go out at Jordan. And then the coast turneth westward to Asanoth in mount Thabor, and then goeth out from thence to Hukokah and meeteth with Zabulon on the south side, and with Aser on the west, and at Juda upon Jordan toward the sun rising. And their strong cities are Zidim, Ber, Hamath, Racath and Cenereth Adamah, Hermah and Hazor: Kedes, Edrai, and Enhazor: Ieron, Magdelel: Horem, Bethanah and Bethsames: nineteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Nephthali by their kindreds: these cities and their villages.
And the seventh lot fell to the tribe of Dan by their kindreds. And the coasts of their inheritance was zaraah, Esthaol, Irsames, Saelabin, Aialon and Jethlah: Eglon, Themnathah and Akaron: Elthekeh Gibethon and Baalath: Jehud, Banebarak and Gathermon, Neiericon and Harcon with the country that lieth before Japho. And the coasts of the children of Dan went out from beyond them. For the children of Dan went up and fought against Lesen and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and conquered it, and dwelt therein and called it Dan, after the name of Dan their father.
This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan in their kindreds: these cities with their
villages. When they had made an end of dividing the land by her coasts then the children of Israel
gave an inheritance unto Josua the son of Nun among them: at the mouth of the Lord they gave
him the city which he asked, even Thamnah serah in mount Ephraim. And he built the city and
dwelt therein. These are the inheritances which Eleazar the priest and Josua the son of Nun, and
the ancient fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel divided by lot in Siloh before the Lord, in
the door of the tabernacle of witness, and so made an end of dividing the country.
The 20th Chapter
Then the Lord spake unto Josua saying: come with the children of Israel and say: Appoint out free cities, of which I spake unto you by Moses, that the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly, may flee thither. And those cities shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood. And the slayer shall flee unto one of those Cities and shall stand in the entering of the gate of the city and shall show his cause in the ears of the elders of the said city. And they shall take him into the city unto them, and shall give him a place that he may dwell among them.
And when the avenger of blood followeth after him they shall not deliver the slayer unto his hand: because he smote his friend ignorantly, and hated him not before time.
And he shall dwell in the said city until he stand before the congregation in Judgement, and until the death of the high priest that shall be in those days. And then shall the slayer return and come unto his own city and unto his own house, and unto the city from whence he fled. And they appointed Kedes in Galile, in mount Nephthali, and Sichem in mount Ephraim, and kariatharbe which is Hebron, in the mountains of Juda. And on the other side Jordan over against Jericho eastward, they gave Bozor in the wilderness upon the plain, out of the tribe of Ruben and Ramoth in Galaad out of the tribe of Gad and Golan in Basan out of the tribe of Manasses.
These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and to the strangers that *Sojourned
among them that whosoever killed any person ignorantly, the same might flee thither and should
not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation. *cap S as
The 21st Chapter
And then came the principal heads of the Levites unto Eleazer the priest, and unto Josua the son of Nun and unto the ancient heads of the tribes of the children of Israel, and spake unto them at Siloh in the land of Canaan saying: the Lord commanded by Moses, to give us cities to dwell in and the fields about them, for our cattle. And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritances, at the bidding of the Lord, these cities following with their Suburbs. *cap S as recorded
And the lot came out unto the kindreds of the Cahathites: and the children of Aaron the priest which were of the Levites had given them by lot, out of the tribe of Juda, out of the tribe of Simeon, out of the tribe of Beniamin, thirteen cities. And the rest of the children of Cahath had by lot, out of the kindreds of the tribe of Ephraim, out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half tribe of Manasses ten cities. And the children of Gerson had by lot out of the kindreds of the tribe of Isacar out of the tribe of Aser, out of the tribe of Nephthali and out of the other half tribe of Manasses in Basan, thirteen cities. And the children of Merari by their kindreds, had out of the tribe of Ruben, out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zabulon, twelve cities. And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities with their *Suburbs as the Lord commanded by Moses. *cap S as recorded
And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Juda, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities by name: which the children of Aaron being of the kindreds of the Cahathites, and of the children of Levi, obtained: for theirs was the first lot. And they gave them Kariath Arba of the father of Enack, which is Hebron, in the hill country of Juda, with the *Suburbs of the same round about it. But the country that pertained to the city and the villages thereof, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephune, to be his possession. *cap S as recorded
And thus they gave to the children of Aaron the priest the franchised cities of the slayer, Hebron with her Suburbs: and Libna with her Suburbs, and Jathir with her Suburbs, and Estimoa with her Suburbs, and Holon with her Suburbs, and Dabir with her Suburbs, and Ain with her Suburbs, and Jutah with her Suburbs, and Bethsames with her Suburbs: nine cities out of those two tribes. And out of the tribe of Benjamin they gave Gabaon with her Suburbs: Gaba with her Suburbs: Anatoth with her Suburbs: Almon with her suburbs: four cities. All these cities of the children of Aaron priests were thirteen cities with their Suburbs. And the kindreds of the children of Cahath that were Levities: that is to say the other children of Cahath had the cities of their lot, out of the tribe of Ephraim. And they gave them the free city of the slayer: Sichem with her Suburbs, in mount Ephraim: and Gazer with her Suburbs: and Kabzaim with her Suburbs: Bethhoron with her Suburbs: four cities. And out of the tribe of Dan: Eltheke with her Suburbs: Gibthon with Suburbs: Ailaon with her Suburbs, and Gathremon with her Suburbs: four cities. And out of the half tribe of Manasses, Thanach with her Suburbs: Gathremon with her Suburbs: two cities. So that all the cities which were given unto the kindreds of the other children of Cahath, were ten with their Suburbs.
And unto the children of Gerson which were of the kindreds of the Levites, they gave out of the other half tribe of Manasses, the city of refuge for the slayer, Golan in Basan with her Suburbs: Beestherah with her Suburbs: two cities. And out of the tribe of Isacar, Kision with her Suburbs: Daberath with Suburbs: Jarimoth with her Suburbs: Enganim with her Suburbs: four cities. And out of the tribe of Aser, Miseal with her Suburbs: Abdon with her Suburbs, Halakath with her Suburbs: Rohob with her Suburbs: four cities. And out of the tribe of Nephthali, the city of refuge for the slayer, Kedes in Galile, with her Suburbs: Halmothdor, with her Suburbs: Carthan with her Suburbs: three cities. So that all the cities of the Gersonites in their kindreds were thirteen with their Suburbs.
And unto the kindreds of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, gave out of the tribe of
Zabulon: Jeenam with her Suburbs: Carthah with her Suburbs, Damna with her Suburbs, and
Nahalal with her Suburbs: four cities. And out of the tribe of Ruben, they gave Bozor with her
Suburbs: Jahesah with her Suburbs, Kedmoth with her Suburbs, and Naphaath with her suburbs:
four cities. And out of the tribe of Gad, they gave the franchised city of the slayer, Romoth in
Galaad with her suburbs, Mahanaim with her suburbs, Hesbon with her suburbs: and Jaser with
her suburbs: four cities in all, so that all the cities of the children of Merari in their kindreds, which
were the of the kindreds of the Levites, were by their lot, twelve cities. And all the cities that the
Levites had in the possession of the children of Israel were forty eight with their Suburbs. And
these cities had each their Suburbs round about her throughout all the said cities. And the Lord
gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers. And they conquered it, and
dwelt therein. And the Lord gave the rest round about according to all that he sware unto their
fathers. So that there stood not a man of all their enemies before them. But the Lord delivered all
their enemies into their hands. There escaped nothing of all the good things which the Lord had
said unto the house of Israel. But all came to pass.
The 22nd Chapter
Then Josua called unto the Rubenites, the Gaddites and to the half tribe of Manasses and said unto them: ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord hath commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you: ye have not left your brethren of a long season unto this day but have kept the commandment of the Lord your God. And now the Lord hath given rest unto your brethren as he promised them. Wherefore return and go unto your tents and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side Jordan. But in any wise take exceeding good heed that ye do the commandment and law which Moses the servant of the lord charged you: which is, that ye love the Lord your God, and walk in his ways and keep his commandments, and cleave unto him, and serve him with all your hearts and all your souls. And so Josua blessed them and sent them away. And they went unto their tents.
Unto the one half of the tribe of Manasses Moses gave possession in Basan: and unto the other half thereof gave Josua with their brethren on this side Jordan westward. And also when Josua sent them away unto their tents and blessed them, he said unto them, return with much riches unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, gold, brass, iron, and with raiment above measure, and divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
And the children of Ruben, the children of Gad and half the tribe of Manasses, returned and departed from the children of Israel out of Siloh which is in the land of Canaan, to go unto the country of Galaad, and to the land of their possession, wherein they were possessed at the mouth of the Lord by the hand of Moses. And when they came unto the coasts of Jordan that lie in the land of Canaan: there the children of Ruben, the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasses, built an altar fast by Jordan and that a great altar to see too. And when the children of Israel heard say: behold the children of Ruben, the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasses have built an altar in the forefront of the land of Canaan in the borders of Jordan on the side of the children of Israel: the whole congregation of the children of Israel gathered them together to Siloh, to go upon them with battle. And the children of Israel sent unto the children of Ruben, to the children of Gad and unto the half tribe of Manasses into the land of Galaad, Phinehes the son of Eleazar the priest, and with him ten lords of every chief house a lord throughout all the tribes of Israel, which heads of their fathers households were over the thousands of Israel. And they went unto the children of Ruben, of Gad and to the half tribe of Manasses, unto the land of Galaad and spake with them saying:
Thus say the whole congregation of the Lord: what transgression is this that ye have transgressed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from after the Lord and to build you an altar for to rebel this day against the Lord? Is the wicked deed of Peor too little for us, whereof we are not cleansed unto this day, and there was a plague in the congregation of the Lord: But that ye also should turn away this day from following the Lord: ye shall rebel today against the Lord, and tomorrow he shall be wroth with all the congregation. Notwithstanding if the land of your possession be unclean, then come over unto the land of the possession of the Lord, where the Lords tabernacle dwelleth, and be possessed among us. But rebel not against the Lord nor against us, to build you any other altar save the altar of the Lord our God. Did not Acan the son of Zareh trespass in the excommunicate things, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel, so that he alone perished not for his wickedness?
Then the children of Ruben and of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasses answered and said unto the heads over the thousands of Israel: The mighty God Jehovah he knoweth, and Israel shall know if it be to rebel or transgress against the Lord, then the Lord save us not this day. Or else if we have built us an altar to turn from following the Lord, or to offer theron burntofferings or meatofferings, or to offer peaceofferings theron: let the Lord require it. And have not rather done it for fear of this: lest in time to come your children should say unto ours: what have ye to do with the Lord God of Israel, saying: that the Lord hath made Jordan a border between us and you ye children of Ruben and of Gad: ye have no part therefore in the Lord: and so shall your children make our children cease from fearing the Lord.
And therefore we said: Let us cause an altar to be made, not for burntofferings, nor sacrifices, but it shall be a witness between us and you and our generations after us, that we should serve the Lord, with our offerings, sacrifices and peaceofferings: and that your children should not say to ours in time to come, ye have no part in the Lord.
And we thought if they should so say to us, or to our generations in time to come, that we would say again: Behold the fashion of the altar which our fathers made, neither for burntofferings nor sacrifices, but that it should be a witness between us and you. God forbid that we should rebel against the Lord and that we should turn this day from after him, and build an altar for burntofferings nor sacrifices, save the altar of the Lord, our God that is before his tabernacle.
And when Phinehes the Priest and the Lords of the congregation and heads over the thousands of Israel which were with him, heard the words that the children of Ruben, the children of Gad and the children of Manasses spake, they were well content. And Phinehes the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the children of Ruben, of Gad and of Manasses, this day we perceive that the Lord is among us, because ye have not done this trespass against the Lord. And now ye have rid children of Israel out of the hands of the Lord.
And Phinehes the son of Eleazar the priest and the lords returned from the children of Ruben and
of Gad out of the land of Galaad unto the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel, and brought
them word again. And the answer pleased the children of Israel well, and they praised God, and
did not intend to go against them in battle, to destroy the land which the children of Ruben and
Gad dwelt in. And the children of Ruben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed, because it is
a witness between us, that the Lord is God.
The 23rd Chapter
And it came to pass a long season after that the Lord had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Josua waxed old and was stricken in years. Wherefore he sent for all Israel and for their elders, their heads, their Judges and officers, and said unto them: I am old and stricken in years. And ye have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto all these nations before your faces: for the Lord your God he fought for you. Behold, I have appointed these nations that remain, to be the inheritance of your tribes: even from Jordan, and all the nations that I have destroyed, even unto the great *Sea. And the Lord your God shall expel and cast them out before you, and ye shall conquer their lands, as the lord your God hath said unto you. *See: capital S
Be therefore exceeding strong that ye take heed to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye bow not aside therefrom, to the right hand or to the left: and that ye go not unto these nations that remain with you: and that ye neither make mention or swear by the names of their Gods: and that ye neither serve them nor bow yourselves unto them. But that ye stick fast unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day. So shall the Lord cast out before you great nations and mighty, as ye see how no man hath stand before you hitherto. One of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God he fighteth for you, as he hath said unto you. Take good heed therefore unto your souls, that ye love the Lord your God.
But and if ye shall go back and cleave unto the rest of these nations that remain with you and shall make Marriages with them, and shall go to them and they come to you: be sure that the Lord your God will riot cast out all these nations before you. But they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges for your sides, and pricks in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.
Behold I walk this day, by the way of all the world: call ye to mind in all your hearts and in all
your souls, that nothing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God promised you.
All are come to pass, and nothing hath failed thereof. And as all good things are come upon you,
which the Lord your God promised you: so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil until he have
destroyed you from off this good land, which the Lord your God hath given you when ye have
transgressed the appointment of the Lord your God, which he commanded you: and have gone
and served strange Gods, and bowed yourselves to them. Then shall the wrath of the Lord wax
hot upon you, and ye shall perish quickly, from off the good land which he hath given you.
The 24th Chapter
And Josua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Sichem, and called for elders of Israel, and for their heads, Judges and officers which presented themselves before God. And Josua said unto all the people, thus saith the Lord God of Israel. Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time even Thareh the father of Abraham and Nachor, and served strange Gods. But I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and brought him into the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac. And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau. And I gave unto Esau mount Seir to possess it. But Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
Then I sent Moses and Aaron. And I plagued Egypt, after the manner as I did among them, and after that I brought you out and I brought your fathers out of Egypt. And ye came unto the sea: and the Egyptians followed after your fathers with chariots and horsemen, unto the red sea. And they cried unto the Lord. And 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 ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season. And I brought you into the land of the Amorites which dwelt on the other side Jordan. And they fought with you: and I gave them into your hands. And ye conquered their country. And I destroyed them in your sight.
Then Balak the son of Ziphor, King of Moab arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balam the son of Beor for to curse you. But I would not agree to hearken unto Balam, and therefore he blessed you: And so I delivered you out of his hand. And when ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho, the citizens of Jericho fought against you: the Amorites, Pheresites, Cananites, Hethites, Girgosites, Hevites, Jebusites which I delivered into your hands.
And I sent hornets before you and ye cast out before you: even the two Kings of the Amorites: but not with your own sword or with your own bow. And I gave you a land in which ye did not labor, and cities which you built not, and ye dwelt in them. And vines, and Olive trees which ye planted not, and ye ate of them.
And now fear the Lord and serve him in pureness and truth: And put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, then choose you this day, whom you will serve: whether the Gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, either the Gods of the Amorites in whose land, ye dwelt, and I and my house will serve the Lord.
And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord and serve strange Gods. For the Lord our God he it is that brought us and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, the house of bondage, and which did those miracles in our sight, and preserved us in all the way we went and among all the nations which we came through. And the Lord did cast out before us all the nations with the Amorites which dwelt in the land, wherefore we will serve the Lord for he is our God.
But Josua said unto the people, ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy God and cannot bear your transgression and sin. But when ye have forsaken the Lord and have served strange Gods, he will turn and do you evil and consume you, after that he hath done you good. And the people answered Josua: nay, but we will serve the Lord.
Then Josua said unto the folk, ye are witnesses unto yourselves, that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him: and they said we are witnesses. Then put away, said he, the strange Gods which are among you, and bow your hearts unto the Lord God of Israel. And the people answered Josua: the Lord our God we will serve and his voice we will obey. And so Josua made a covenant with the people the same day and set ordinances and laws before them in Sichem.
And Josua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone and pitched it on end in the said place even under an oak that stood in the sanctuary of the Lord. And Josua said unto all the people: behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake with us. It shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye lie unto your God. And so Josua let the people depart every man unto his inheritance.
And after these things the time came that Josua the son of Nun and the servant of the Lord died being an hundred and ten years old. Whom they buried in the country of his inheritance, even in Thamnath sareh which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaas.
And Israel served the Lord all the days of Josua, and all the days of the elders that overlived
Josua, and which had seen all the works of the Lord that he had done to Israel. And the bones of
Joseph, which the children of Israel brought out of Egypt, they buried in Sichem, in a parcel of
ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hemor the father of Sichem, for an hundred pieces of
silver, which parcel became the inheritance of the children of Joseph. And Eleazar the son of
Aaron died whom they buried in Gabaath that pertained to Phinehes his son and was given him in
The end of the book of Josua.