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And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among 17 them. And the children of (srael journeyed, and came unto their cities on the

third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kir18 jath-jearim. And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes

of the congregation had sworn unto them by the Lord God of Israel. And all

the congregation murmured against the princes. 19 But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn unto them 20 by the LORD God of Israel : now therefore we may not touch them. This we

will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of 21 the oath which we sware unto them. And the princes said unto them, Let

them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.

And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you ; when ye dwell among us? 23 Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall 1 none of you be freed from being

bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God. 24 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told thy servants,

how that the LORD thy God commanded his servant Moses to give you all the

land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore 25 we were sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this thing. And

now, behold, we are in thine hand : as it seemeth good and right unto thee to 36 do unto us, do. And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand 27 of the children of Israel, that they slew them not. And Joshua 2 made them

that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the

altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose. 10 NOW it came to pass, when Adoni-zedec king of Jerusalem had heard how

Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and

her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon 2 had made peace with Israel, and were among them; that they feared greatly,

because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the 3 royal cities, and because it was 3 greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty. Wherefore Adoni-zodec

king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of

Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made 5 peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel. Therefore the five kings of

the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gat ed themselves together, and went up,

they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it. 6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack

not thy hand from thy servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell

in the mountains are gathered 7 together against us. So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of 8 war with him, and all the mighty men of valour. And the LORD said unto

Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall 9 not a man of them stand before thee. Joshua therefore came unto them sud10 denly, and went up from Gilgal all night. And the LORD discomfited them

before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them

along the way that goeth up to Beth-horon, and smote them to Azekah, and 11 unto Makkedah. And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and

were in the going down to Beth-horon, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died

with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. 12 Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the

Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, 13 i stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon! And

the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of 5 Jasher? So

the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a 14 whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord

1 Heb. not be cut off from

you.

2 Heb. gave, or, delivered to be.
3 Heb. cities of the kingdom.

4 Heb. be silent.
5 Or, the upright.

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Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. 16, 17 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah. And it 18 was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.

And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by 19 it for to keep them: and stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and 'smite

the hindmost of them ; suffer them not to enter into their cities : for the Lord 20 your God hath delivered them into your hand. And it came to pass, when

Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a

very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained of 21 them entered into fenced cities. And all the people returned to the camp to

Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of the children

of Israel, 22 Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings 23 unto me out of the cave. And they did so, and brought forth those five kings

unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king 24 of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. And it came to pass,

when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with

him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came 25 near, and put their feet upon the necks of them. And Joshua said unto them,

Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the 26 LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight. And afterward Joshua

smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were 27 hanging upon the trees until the evening. And it came to pass at the time of

the going down of the sun, that Joshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid

great stones in the cave's mouth, which remain until this very day. 28 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword,

and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain: and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did unto the

king of Jericho. 29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, 30 and fought against Libnah: and the Lord delivered it also, and the king thereof,

into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it; but did unto the king thereof

as he did unto the king of Jericho. 31 And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and 32 encamped against it, and fought against it: and the Lord delivered Lachish

into the hand of Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he

had done to Libnah. 33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him

and his people, until he had left him none remaining: 34 And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him; and 35 they encamped against it, and fought against it: and they took it on that day,

and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish.

And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron ; and 37 they fought against it: and they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword,

and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon;

but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein. 38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought against 39 it: and he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they

smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining : as he had done to Hebron, so he did to

Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Libnah, and to her king. 40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale,

and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly de41 stroyed all that breathed, as the Lorý God of Israel commanded. And Joshua smote them from Kadesh-barnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen,

1 Heb. cut off the tail.

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42 even unto Gibeon. And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one 43 time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. And Joshua returned,

and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. 11, AND it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that

he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of 2 Achshaph, and to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the

plains south of Chinneroth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the 3 west, and to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and to the Amorite, and

the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the 4 Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh. And they went out, they and all

their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore 5 in multitude, with horses and chariots very many. And when all these kings

were ? met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to

fight against Israel. 6 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to-morrow

about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel : thou shalt hough 7 their horses, and burn their chariots with fire. So Joshua came, and all the

people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and 8 they fell upon them. And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel,

whó smote them, and chased them unto ? great Zidon, and unto 9 4 Misrephoth

maim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them, until 9 they left them none remaining. And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade

him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire. 10 And Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor, and smote the king

thereof with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those king11 downs. And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the

sword, utterly destroying them : there was not-5 any left to breathe and he 12 burnt Hazor with fire. And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of

them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly 13 destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the Lord commanded. But as for the

cities that stood still 6 in their strength, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor 14 only; that did Joshua burn. And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the

children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote

with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any 15 to breathe. As the Lord commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command

Joshua, and so did Joshua ; 7 he left nothing undone of all that the Lord

commanded Moses, 16 So Joshua took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and all the

land of Goshen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and 17 the valley of the same; even from the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir,

even unto Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon under mount Hermon: and ali 18 their kings he took, and smote them, and slew them. 9Joshua made war a long

time with all those kings. 19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel, save the 20 Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon : all other they took in battle. For it was of

the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but that

he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses. 21 And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims from the mountains,

from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah,

and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their 22 cities. There was none of the Anakims left in the land of the children of Israel:

only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there remained. 29 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto

Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their

divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war. 12 NOW these are the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and

possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from 2 the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east : Sihon king

of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer, which is upon 1 Heb. assembled by appointment. 4 Heb. burnings of waters. 7 Heb. he removed nothing. 2 Or, Zidon-rabban.

5 Heb. any breath.

8 Or, the smooth mountain. 3 Or, salt pits.

6 Heb. on their heap. 9 TIL 1445. ver. 23.

the bank of the river Arnon, and from the middle of the river, and from half

Gilead, even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon; 3 and from the plain to the sea of Chinneroth on the east, and unto the sea of the

plain, even the salt sea on the east, the way to Beth-jeshimoth ; and from the 4 south, under e Ashdoth-pisgah: and the coast of Og king of Bashan, which 5 was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei, and

reigned in mount Hermon, and in Salcah, and in all Bashan, unto the border of

the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and half Gilead, the border of Sihon king 6 of Heshbon. Them did Moses the servant of the Lord and the children of

Israel smite: and Moses the servant of the Lord gave it for a possession unto

the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh. 7 And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel

smote on this side Jordan on the west, from Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon

even unto the mount Halak, that goeth up to Seir; which Joshua gave unto the 8 tribes of Israel for a possession according to their divisions; in the mountains,

and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness,

and in the south country; the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, the 9 Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: the king of Jericho, one ; - the king

10 of Ai, which is beside Beth-el, one; - the king of Jerusalem, one; - the king 11,12 of Hebron, one; the king of Jarmuth, one; - the king of Lachish, one; - the

13 king of Eglon, one;—the king of Gezer, one; - the king of Debir, one ; – the

14 king of Geder, one; - the king of Hormah, one; — the king of Arad, one;15, 16 the king of Libnah, one ; - the king of Adullam, one;- the king of Makkedah,

17 one ;- the king of Beth-el, one ; – the king of Tappuah, one; - the king of 18, 19 Hepher, one;—the king of Aphek, one; - the king of Lasharon, one ;-the

20 king of Madon, one;- the king of Hazor, one;- the king of Shimron-meron, 21 one ; – the king of Achshaph, one ;- the king of Taanach, one; - the king of 22 Megiddo, one ; – the king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam of Carmel, 23 one; - the king of Dor in the coast of Dor, one; - the king of the nations of

24 Gilgal, one;- the king of Tirzah, one: all the kings thirty and one. 13 NOW Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the Lord said unto him,

Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land 2 4 to be possessed. This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the 3 Philistines, and all Geshuri, from Sihor, which is before Egypt, even unto the

borders of Ekron northward, which is counted to the Canaanite : five lords of the

Philistines; the Gazathites, and the Ashdothites, the Eshkalonites, the Gittites, 4 and the Ekronites; also the Avites: from the south, all the land of the Canaan.

ites, and 5 Meerah that is beside the Sidonians, unto Aphek, to the borders of the 5 Amorites: and the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, 6 from Baal-gad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath. All the

inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon unto Misrephoth-maim, and all the Sidonians, them will I drive out from before the children of Israel: only divide

thou it by lot unto the Israelites for an inheritance, as I have commanded thee. 7 Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance unto the nine tribes, and 8 the half tribe of Manasseh, with whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have

received their inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward,

even as Moses the servant of the Lord gave them ; 9 From Aroer, that is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and the city that is 10 in the midst of the river, and all the plain of Medeba unto Dibon; and all the

cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, which reigned in Heshbon, unto the bor11 der of the children of Ammon; and Gilead, and the border of the Geshurites 12 and Maachathites, and all mount Hermon, and all Bashan unto Salcah; all the

kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who

remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses smite, and cast 13 them out. Nevertheless the children of Israel expelled not the Geshurites, nor

the Maachathites : but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among the 14 Israelites until this day. Only unto the tribe of Levi he gave none inheritance;

the sacrifices of the Lord God of Israel made by fire, are their inheritance, as

he said unto them. 15

And Moses gave unto the tribe of the children of Reuben inheritance ac.

1 Or, Teman.
2 Or, the springs of Pisgah, or, the

hill.

3 Or, Sharon, Isa. xxxiii. 9.
4 Heb. to possess il.
5 Or, the cave.

16 cording to their families. And their coast was from Aroer, that is on the bank of

the river Arnon, and the city that is in the midst of the river, and all the plain 17 by Medeba; Heshbon, and all her cities that are in the plain ; Dibon, and 18 i Bamoth-baal, and Beth-baal-meon, and Jahaza, and Kedemoth, and Mephaath,

19 and Kirjathaim, and Sibmah, and Zareth-shahar in the mount of the valley, 20,21 and Beth-peor, and ?Ashdoth-pisgah, and Beth-jeshimoth, and all the cities of

the plain, and all the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, which reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses smote with the princes of Midian, Evi, and Kekem,

and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, which were dukes of Sihon, dwelling in the 22 country. Balaam also the son of Beor, the S soothsayer, did the children of 23 Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them. And the bor

der of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border thereof. This was the inheritance of the children of Reuben after their families, the cities and the

villages thereof. 24 And Moses gave inheritance unto the tribe of Gad, even unto the children of 25 Gad according to their families. And their coast was Jazer, and all the cities

of Gilead, and half the land of the children of Ammon, unto Aroer that is 26 before Rabbah; and from Heshbon unto Ramath-mizpeh, and Betonim; and 27 from Mahanaim unto the border of Debir; and in the valley, Beth-aram, and

Beth-nimrah, and Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king

of Heshbon, Jordan and his border, even unto the edge of the sea of Chinnereth 98 on the other side Jordan eastward. This is the inheritance of the children of

Gad after their families, the cities, and their villages. 29 And Moses gave inlieritance unto the half tribe

of Manasseh : and this was the possession of the half tribe of the children of Manasseh by their families. 30 And their coast was from Mahanaim, all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og king

of Bashan, and all the towns of Jair, which are in Bashan, threescore cities : 31 and half Gilead, and Ashtaroth, and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in

Bashan, were pertaining unto the children of Machir the son of Manasseh, even 32 to the one half of the children of Machir by their families. These are the

countries which Moses did distribute for inheritance in the plains of Moab, on 33 the other side Jordan, by Jericho, eastward. But unto the tribe of Levi Moses

gave not any inheritance: the Lord God of Israel was their inheritance, as he

said unto them. 14 And these are the countries which the children of Israel inherited in the

heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, distributed for inherit2 ance to them. By lot was their inheritance, as the Lord commanded by the 3 hand of Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half tribe. For Moses had given

the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan : but 4 unto the Levites he gave none inheritance among them. For the children of

Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim : therefore they gave no part

unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for their 5 cattle and for their substance. As the LORD commanded Moses, so the children

of Israel did, and they divided the land. 6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the son

of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, Thou knowest the thing that the

LORD said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh7 barnea. Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me

from Kadesh-barnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as 8 it was in mine heart. Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made 9 the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God. And

Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden

shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly 10 followed the Lord my God. And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive,

as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto

Moses, while the children of Israel 4 wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, 11 I am this day fourscore and five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as í

was in the day that Moses sent' me: as my strength was then, even so is my 12 strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in. Now therefore give me

1 Or, the high places of Beal,

and house of Baal-meon.

2 Or, springs of Pisgah, or, the
hili.

кв

3 Or, diviner.
4 Heb. walked.

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