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shall not deliver the slayer up into his hand; because he smote his neighbour 6 unwittingly, and hated him not beforetime. And he shall dwell in that city,
until he stand before the congregation for judgment, and until the death of the high priest that shall be in those days: then shall the slayer return, and come unto his own city, and unto his own house, unto the city from whence he
fled. 7 And they ' appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and Shechem
in mount Ephraim, and Kirjath-arba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of
Judah. 8 And on the other side Jordan by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the
wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out
of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh. 9 These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and for the
stranger that sojourneth among them, that whosoever killeth any person at unawares might Hee thither, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until
he stood before the congregation. 21 THEN came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Eloazar the
priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the fathers of the 2 tribes of the children of Israel; and they spake unto them at Shiloh in the land
of Canaan, saying, The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities 3 to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our cattle. And the children of Israel
gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the
LORD, these cities and their suburbs. 4 And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the children of
Aaron the priest, which were of the Levites, had by lot out of the tribe of Judah,
and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities. 5 And the rest of the children of Kohath had by lot out of the families of the
tribe of Ephraim, and out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the half tribe of
Manasseh, ten cities. 6 And the children of Gershon had by lot out of the families of the tribe of
Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out
of the half tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities. 7 The children of Merari by their families had out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.
And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as the Lord commanded by the hand of Moses. 9 And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe
of the children of Sim these cities which are here 2 mentioned by name, 10 which the children of Aaron, being of the families of the Kohathites, who were 11 of the children of Levi, had: for theirs was the first lot. And they gave them
S the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron, in the hill country 12 of Judah, with the suburbs thereof round about it. But the fields of the city,
and the villages thereof, gave they to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his pos. 13 session. Thus they gave to the children of Aaron the priest Hebron with her 14 suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Libnah with her suburbs, and 15 Jattir with her suburbs, and Eshtemoa with her suburbs, and 4 Holon with her 16 suburbs, and Debir with her suburbs, and 5 Ain with her suburbs, and Juttah
with her suburbs, and Beth-shemesh with her suburbs; nine cities out of those 17 two tribes. And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, 6 Geba 18 with her suburbs, Anathoth with her suburbs, and 7 Almon with her suburbs; 19 four cities. All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
And the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites which remained of the children of Kohath, even they had the cities of their lot out of the tribe of 21 Ephraim. For they gave them Shechem with her suburbs in mount Ephraim, 22 to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Gezer with her suburbs, and Kibzaim 23 with her suburbs, and Beth-horon with her suburbs; four cities. And out of the 24 tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with her suburbs, Gibbethon with her suburbs, Aijalon 25 with her suburbs, Gath-rimmon with her suburbs; four cities. And out of the
1 Heb. sanctified.
3 Or, Kirjath-arba, Gen. xxiii. 2.
6 chap. xviii. 24, Gaba.
half tribe of Manasseh, Tanach with her suburbs, and Gath-rimmon with her 26 suburbs; two cities. All the cities were ten with their suburbs for the families
of the children of Kohath that remained. 27 And unto the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the
other half tribe of Manasseh they gave Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, to be a
city of refuge for the slayer; and Beesh-terah with her suburbs; two cities. 28 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon with her suburbs, Dabareh with her 29 suburbs, Jarmuth with her suburbs, Engannim with her suburbs; four cities.
30 And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs, 31, 32 Helkath with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs; four cities. And out
of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, to be a city of
refuge for the slayer; and Hammoth-dor with her suburbs, and Kartan with her 33 suburbs, three cities. All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families
were thirteen cities with their suburbs. 34 And unto the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out
of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with her suburbs, and Kartah with her suburbs, 35, 36 Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs; four cities. And out of
the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jabazah with her suburbs, 37, 38 Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities. And
out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge 39 for the slayer; and Mahanaim with her suburbs, Heshbon with her suburbs, 40 Jazer with her suburbs; tour cities in all. So all the cities for the children of
Merari by their families, which were remaining of the families of the Levites,
were by their lot twelve cities. 41 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were 42 forty and eight cities with their suburbs. These cities were every one with their
suburbs round about them : thus were all these cities. 43
And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their 44 fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. And the LORD gave them
rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers : and there
stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their 45 enemies into their hand. There failed not aught of any good thing which the
Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass. 22 THEN Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of
Manasseh, and said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the 2 LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you: 3 ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the 4 charge of the commandment of the LORD your God. . And now the Lord your
God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now
return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, 5 which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side Jordan. But
take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his
ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him 6 with all your heart and with all your soul. So Joshua blessed them, and sent 7 them away: and they went unto their tents. Now to the one half of the tribe of
Manasseh Moses had given possession in Bashan : but unto the other half thereof
gave Joshua among their brethren on this side Jordan westward. And when 8 Joshua sent them away also unto their tents, then he blessed them, and he spake
unto them, saying, Return with much riches unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much raiment : divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the children of Israel out of Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go unto the country of Gilead, to the land of their possession, whereof they were possessed, according to the word of the
LORD by the hand of Moses. 10 And when they came unto the borders of Jordan, that are in the land of
Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of
Manasseh built there an altar by Jordan, a great altar to see to. 11
And the children of Israel heard say, Behold, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh have built an altar over against the land of Canaan, in the borders of Jordan, at the passage of the
12 children of Israel. And when the children of Israel heard of it, the whole con
gregation of the children of Israel gathered themselves together at Shiloh, to go 13 up to war against them. And the children of Israel sent unto the children of
Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, into the 14 land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and with him ten princes,
of each 'chief house a prince throughout all the tribes of Israel; and each one
was an head of the house of their fathers among the thousands of Israel. 15 And they came unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and
to the half tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of Gilead, and they spake with them, 16 saying, Thus saith the whole congregation of the LORD, What trespass is this
that ye have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from
following the Lord, in that ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this 17 day against the LORD? Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we
are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation 18 of the Lord, but that ye must turn away this day from following the Lord? and
it will be, seeing ye rebel to-day against the Lord, that to-morrow he will be 19 wroth with the whole congregation of Israel. Notwithstanding, if the land of
your possession be unclean, then pass ye over unto the land of the possession of the LORD, wherein the Lord's tabernacle dwelleth, and take possession among
us: but rebel not against the Lord, nor rebel against us, in building you an 20 altar beside the altar of the Lord our God. Did not Achan the son of Zerah
commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation
of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity. 21 Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of 22 Manasseh answered, and said unto the heads of the thousands of Israel, The
LORD God of gods, the Lord God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall
know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (save us not 23 this day,) that we have built us an altar to turn from following the LORD, or if
to offer thereon burut offering or meat offering, or if to offer peace offerings 24 thereon, let the Lord himself require it; and if we have not rather done it for
fear of this thing, saying, 2 In time to come your children might speak unto our 25 children, saying, What have ye to do with the Lord God of Israel? For the
Lord hath made Jordan a border between us and you, ye children of Reuben
and children of Gad; ye have no part in the LORD: 'so shall your children make 26 our children cease from fearing the Lord. Therefore we said, Let us now 27 prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice : but that it
may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the Lord before him with
our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to 28 our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD. Therefore said we,
that it shall be, when they should so say io us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say again, Behold the pattern of the altar of the LORD, which
our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness 29 between us and you. God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and
turn this day from following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat offerings, or for sacrifices, beside the altar of the LORD our God that is before his tabernacle.
And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the congregation and heads of the thousands of Israel which were with him, heard the words that the children
of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spake, s it 31 pleased them. And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the children
of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that the Lord is among us, because ye have not committed this
trespass against the LORD: 4 now ye have delivered the children of Israel out of 2 the hand of the Lord. And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the princes, returned from the children of Réuben, and from the children of Gad,
out of the land of Gilead, unto the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel, and 33 brought them word again. And the thing pleased the children of Israel, and
the children of Israel blessed God, and did not intend to go up against them in battle, to destroy the land wherein the children of Reuben and Gad dwelt.
1 Heb. house of the father.
3 Heb. it was good in their eyes.
34 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar · Ed:
for it shall be a witness between us that the LORD is God. 23 AND it came to pass a long time after that the Lord had given rest unto Israel
from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and 2 stricken in age. 2 And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and
for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken 3 in age: and ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these
nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you. 4 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an
inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut
off, even unto the great sea 3 westward. 5 And the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them
from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the Lord your God hath 6 promised unto you. Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that
is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the 7 right hand or to the left; that ye come not among these nations, these that remain
among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to 8 swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: 4 but cleave 9 unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day. 5 For the Lord hath
driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man 10 hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase
a thousand : for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.
Take good heed therefore unto 6 yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. 12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations,
even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go 13 in unto them, and they to you: know for a certainty that the Lord your God
will no more drive out any of these nations from before you ; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes,
until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given 14 you. And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth : and ye know
in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the
good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you ; all are come to 15 pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. Therefore it shall come
to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the Lord your God promised you ; so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until he have
destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you. 16 When ye have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which he com
manded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and ye shall
perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you. 24 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the
elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.
And Joshua 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 Terah, the
father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods. 3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him
throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac. 4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to 5. possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. I sent Moses
also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among, 6 them: and afterward I brought you out. And brought your fathers out of
Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers 7 with chariots and horsemen unto the Red Sea. And when they cried unto the
LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea
upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in 8 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 hand, that ye might possess their
I That is, A witness. 2 Heb. come into days.
3 Heb. at the sunset.
5 Or, Then the LORD will drive.
9 land; and I destroyed them from before you. Then Balak the son of Zippor,
king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the 10 son of Beor to curse you: but I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he 11 blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand. And ye went over Jordan,
and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites,
and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Aittites, and the Girgashites, 12 the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand. And Í
sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two 13 kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. And I have
given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in 15 Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD,
choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in
whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the 17 Lord, to serve other gods; for the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and
our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did
those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, 18 and among all the people through whom we passed : and the Lord drave out
from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land :
therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God. 19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is an holy
God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you burt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.
And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord.
And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him.
And they said, We are witnesses.
Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the Lord God of Israel.
And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute 26 and an ordinance in Shechem. And Joshua wrote these words in the book of
the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was 27 by the sanctuary of the Lord. . And Joshua 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 unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny 28 your God. So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.
AND it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the 30 servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old. And they buried
him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
And Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.
And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred 2 pieces of silver : and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.
1 Heb. prolonged their days after Joshua.
2 Or, lambs.