Joshua


The Children of Israel Crossing the Jordan (il...

The Children of Israel Crossing the Jordan (illustration by Gustave Doré) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Joshua

 

 

 

1[1-4] After the death of Moses, the worker of Yahweh, Yahweh said to Joshua, the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, “Moses my worker is dead; so now get up and go over the Jordan with all these people to the land which I am giving to the people of Israel. Wherever the sole of your foot walks I’ve given it to you, as I said to Moses. From the countryside of Lebanon to the great river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea on the west, will be your border.

 

     [5-9] No one will be able to stand up to you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I’ll be with you; I won’t fail you, nor leave you. Be strong and have good courage because you’ll make these people inherit the land which I promised to their ancestors to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, to keep and do all the law, which Moses my worker told you. Don’t turn away from it in any way, so that you may do well wherever you go. Don’t let the words of your mouth stop saying this book of the law, but think about it day and night, that you may keep and do what’s written in it because then you’ll make progress, and do well. I’ve told you this before. Be strong and have good courage; don’t be afraid, nor be worried because Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

[10-11] Then Joshua told the leaders of the people, “Pass through the middle of the camp, and tell the people to get the food ready because within three days you’re to pass over the Jordan, to go in and take the land, which Yahweh your God is giving you for your own.”

 

[12-15] Joshua said to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-people of Manasseh, “Remember the word which Moses the worker of Yahweh told you, saying, Yahweh your God gives you rest, and will give you this land. Your wives, children, and livestock, will stay in the land which Moses gave you across the Jordon; but all the strong men of courage will go over armed with your brothers, and help them; until Yahweh has given your brothers rest, as God has given you, and they also have taken the land which Yahweh your God gives them; then you’ll return to your own land, and keep it, which Moses the worker of Yahweh gave you across the Jordon toward the east.”

 

[16-18] They answered Joshua, and said, “We’ll do everything that you’ve told us, and we’ll go wherever you send us. Just as we listened to Moses in everything, so we’ll listen to you. Yahweh your God be with you, as God was with Moses. Whoever doesn’t do what you tell them, and won’t listen to every word you say will be put to death, so be strong and have good courage.”

 

2[1-3] Joshua the son of Nun secretly sent two men out of Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, see the land, and Jericho.” So they went and came into the house of a prostitute named Rahab, and stayed there. It was told the ruler of Jericho, saying, “Look, two men came in here tonight from the people of Israel to spy out the land.” Then the ruler of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring those who’ve come to you, in your house because they’ve come to spy out all the land.”

 

[4-7] But the woman took them, and hid them; and said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I don’t know where they went. At the time when the gate was shut, at dark, they went out; but where they went I don’t know. Chase after them quickly and you’ll catch them.” But she had brought them up to the roof, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid out on the roof. So the men chased after them all the way to the Jordan to the crossings and as soon as those who chased after them had gone out, they shut the gate.

 

[8-13] She had come up to them on the roof before they hid and said to them, “I know that Yahweh has given you the land, and that everyone is afraid of you, and that all the people of the land will die at your hands. We’ve heard how Yahweh dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt; and what you did to the two rulers of the Amorites, who were across the Jordon, to Sihon and Og, whom you completely destroyed. As soon as we had heard it, our hearts fainted, nor did anyone have any more spirit in them, because of you and Yahweh your God, who is God in heaven above, and on earth beneath. So, please promise me by Yahweh, since I’ve been kind to you, that you‘ll be kind to my family’s house, and give me a sign of your promise; and that you’ll save my parents, and my brothers and sisters, and what they’ve, and will save our lives from death.”

 

[14-16] Then they said to her, “Our life for yours, if you don’t tell any of our business; and when Yahweh gives us the land, we’ll be kind and honest with you.” Then she let them down by a rope through the window because the house that she lived in was on the side of the city wall. She said to them, “Go to the mountain or those who are chasing you will catch you; and hide there for three days, until they come back and then go on.”

 

[17-20] Then they said to her, We’ll be guiltless of this promise which you’ve made us promise. See when we come into the land, tie this thread of scarlet string in the window which you let us down by and gather into your house your parents, and brothers and sisters, and anyone else in your family. Whoever goes out of the doors of your house into the street will be responsible for their own death, and we’ll be guiltless; and whoever stays with you in this house, we’ll be responsible for, if anybody kills them. But if you tell any of our business, then we’ll be guiltless of your promise which you’ve made us promise.

 

[21-24] So she said, “Just as you say, so it will be.”  Then she sent them away, and they left; and she tied the scarlet string in the window. They went, and came to the mountain, and stayed there three days, until those who were chasing them had gone back, who had searched for them all along the way, but didn’t find them. Then they went down from the mountain, and crossed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun; and told him what had happened to them. They said to Joshua, “Truly Yahweh has given all the land into our hands; and what’s more, all the people of the land are scared to death of us.”

 

3[1-4] Joshua got up early in the morning; and left from Shittim, and came to the Jordan, with all the people of Israel, and camped there before they crossed over. Then after three days, the leaders went through the middle of the camp and told the people, saying, “When you see the Box of the Law of Yahweh your God, and the Levite preachers carrying it, then you’ll get up from your place, and follow it. But leave a space of about 3,000 feet between you and it. Don’t come close to it, so that you may know the way you’re to go because you haven’t come this way before.”

 

[5-6] Then Joshua said to the people, “Dedicate yourselves because tomorrow Yahweh will do amazing things among you.”  Then he said to the preachers, “Pick up the Box of the Law, and pass over before the people.” So they took up the Box of the Law, and went before the people.

 

[7-8] Then Yahweh said to Joshua, “Today I’ll begin to make you great in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I’ll be with you. Tell the preachers who carry the Box of the Law when they come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, to stand still in the Jordan.”

 

[9-13] Then Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of Yahweh your God. By this you’ll know that the living God is with you, who will without fail drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and the Jebusites from before you. See, the Box of the Law of the God of all the earth passes over before you into the Jordan. So take twelve men out of the peoples of Israel, one for each people. When the soles of the feet of the preachers who carry the Box of Yahweh, the God of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, then the waters of the Jordan will be stopped, and the waters that come down from above will pile up and stand like a wall.”

 

[14-17] When the people left from their tents, to pass over the Jordan, with the preachers who carried the Box of the Law being before the people; and when those who carried the Box had come to the Jordan, and the feet of the preachers who carried the Box were standing in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks at the time of harvest), the waters which came down from above stood up like a wall in a pile, a great way off, at Adam, the city that’s beside Zarethan; and those that went down toward the sea of the Arabah Desert, which was the Salt Sea, were completely stopped, and the people crossed over right next to Jericho. So the preachers who carried the Box of the Law of Yahweh stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until the whole nation had completely gone over the Jordan.

 

4[1-3] So when all the nation had completely crossed over the Jordan, Yahweh said to Joshua, “Take twelve men out of the people, one out of every people, and tell them to take out of the middle of the Jordan, out of the place where the preachers’ feet stood still, twelve stones, and carry them over with you, and lay them down in the place where you’ll camp tonight.”

 

[4-7] Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had taken out of the people of Israel, one out of every people and said to them, “Pass over before the Box of Yahweh your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you pick up a stone on your shoulder, one for each of the people of Israel; that this may be a sign among you, so that when your children ask in the future, saying, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you’ll tell them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were stopped before the Box of the Law of Yahweh when it crossed over the Jordan’ and these stones will be a reminder to the people of Israel forever.”

 

[8-10] So the people of Israel did as Joshua told them, and took up twelve stones out of the middle of the Jordan, as Yahweh had told Joshua, one for each of the people of Israel; and they carried them over with them, and laid them down in the place where they camped. Then Joshua set up the twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the preachers who carried the Box of the Law stood and they are still there today. So the preachers who carried the Box stood in the middle of the Jordan, until everything was done that Yahweh had told Joshua to say to the people, just as Moses had told Joshua. So the people hurried and crossed over.

 

[11-13] Then when all the people had completely crossed over, the Box of Yahweh crossed over, with the preachers, in the presence of the people. So the people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and the half-people of Manasseh, crossed over armed before the people of Israel, as Moses had told them, about 40,000 ready and armed for war crossed over before Yahweh to fight, to the plains of Jericho.

 

[14-18] On that day Yahweh made Joshua great in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life. Then Yahweh said to Joshua, “Tell the preachers who carry the Box of the Law to come up out of the Jordan. So Joshua told the preachers to come up out of the Jordan. Then when the preachers who carried the Box of the Law of Yahweh had come up out of the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of the preachers’ feet were up on the shore, the waters of the Jordan fell back in their place, and went back over all its banks, just as before.

 

[19-24] The people came up out of the Jordan on the 10th day of the first month, and camped at Gilgal, on the east border of Jericho. Those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal. He said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their parents in the future, saying, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you’ll tell your children, ‘Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.’ For Yahweh your God dried up the waters of the Jordan in front of you, until you had crossed over, as Yahweh your God did at the Red Sea, which was dried up in front of us, until we had crossed over; so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of Yahweh is strong; and that you may respect Yahweh your God forever.”

 

5[1-5] Then when all the rulers of the Amorites, who were across the Jordon westward, and all the rulers of the Canaanites, who were by the sea, heard how Yahweh had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the people of Israel, until we had crossed over, they were scared to death, and they had no spirit left in them any more because of the people of Israel. At that time Yahweh said to Joshua, “Make flint knives, and cut off the foreskins again of the people of Israel the second time.” So Joshua made some flint knives, and cut off the foreskins of the people of Israel at the Hill of Foreskins. This is why Joshua cut their foreskins off; all the people who came out of Egypt, who were males, all the soldiers, died in the countryside by the way, after they came out of Egypt and all the people who came out had their foreskins cut off; but all the people who were born in the countryside along the way as they came out of Egypt, hadn’t had their foreskins cut off.

 

[6-8] The people of Israel walked 40 years in the countryside, until all the soldiers of the nation who had come out of Egypt, were dead, because they didn’t listen to the voice of Yahweh. So Yahweh had promised not to let them see the land which Yahweh promised to their ancestors to give us, a land full of milk and honey. God raised up their children in their place, and Joshua cut their foreskins off because they hadn’t been cut along the way. So when they had cut the foreskins off the whole nation, they stayed in their camp, until they were well.

 

[9-12] Then Yahweh said to Joshua, “Today have I rolled away the shame of Egypt from off you” so the name of that place was called Gilgal, even to today. So the people of Israel camped at Gilgal; and they kept the Passover on the 14th day of the month at sundown in the plains of Jericho. They ate of the grain of the land on the next day after the Passover, cakes made without yeast and roasted grain, in the same day. The manna stopped on the next day, after they had eaten of the grain of the land. So the people of Israel didn’t eat the bread of heaven any more; but they ate of the food of the land of Canaan that year.

 

[13-15] Then when Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing over next to him with his sword drawn in his hand. So Joshua went to him, and asked, “Are you for us, or for our enemies?” He said, “No; but I’ve come now as the Leader of Yahweh’s army. Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and worshipped, and said to him, “What does my God say to me, who am Yahweh’s worker?” So the Leader of Yahweh’s army said to Joshua, “Take your shoes from off your feet because the place where you’re standing is holy.” So Joshua did it.

 

6[1-5] Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the people of Israel; no one went out, and no one came in. Then Yahweh said to Joshua, See, I’ve given Jericho to you, and its ruler and the strong men of courage. You’ll surround the city, all the soldiers, walking around the city once. Do this for six days.

 

Seven preachers will carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Box; and the seventh day you’ll walk around the city seven times and the preachers will blow the trumpets. When they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people will shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the soldiers will go up straight in front of them.

 

[6-10] Joshua the son of Nun called the preachers, and said to them, Pick up the Box of the Law, and let seven preachers carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Box of Yahweh. They said to the people, Go on, and surround the city, and let the soldiers go on before the Box of Yahweh. So when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven preachers carrying the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before Yahweh went on, and blew the trumpets; and the Box of the Law of Yahweh followed them. The soldiers went before the preachers who blew the trumpets, and the rearward went after the Box, the preachers blowing the trumpets as they went. Then Joshua told the people, saying, You won’t shout, nor let your voice be heard, neither will any word come out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout; then you’ll shout.

 

[11-14] So he caused the Box of Yahweh to go around the city, walking around it once; and they came into the camp, and camped there. Joshua rose early in the morning, and the preachers took up the Box of Yahweh. The seven preachers carrying the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Box of Yahweh went on continually blowing the trumpets; and the soldiers went before them; and the rearward came after the Box of Yahweh, the preachers blowing the trumpets as they went. The second day they went around the city once, and went back into the camp; and they did this for six days.

 

[15-19] On the seventh day, they rose early at dawn, and went around the city the same way seven times; only on that day they went around the city seven times. At the seventh time when the preachers blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, Shout! Yahweh has given you the city! The city will be dedicated, both it and what’s in it, to Yahweh. Only Rahab, the prostitute, will live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. But as for you, don’t take anything that is dedicated, or when you’ve dedicated it, and you take it; you’ll make the camp of Israel be punished, and trouble it. But all the silver, gold, and pots of brass and iron, are holy to Yahweh; they’ll come into the treasury of Yahweh.

 

[20-25] So the people shouted, and the preachers blew the trumpets; and when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, they shouted with a loud shout, and the wall fell down flat, so they went up into the city, everyone straight in front of them, and they took the city. They completely destroyed what was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, sheep, and donkey, with the blade of the sword. Then Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, Go into the prostitute’s house, and bring out the woman, and whatever she has, as you promised her. So the young men, the spies, went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father and mother, and her brothers, and whatever she had; and they brought out all her relatives also; and they put them outside of the camp of Israel. Then they burnt the city with fire, and what was in it; only the silver, gold, and the pots of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the Place of Worship of Yahweh. But Rahab, the prostitute, and her father’s household, and everything she had, Joshua saved alive; and they live in Israel even to today, because she hid the messengers, whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

 

[26-27] So Joshua made a promise with them at that time, saying, anyone that rises up and builds this city Jericho will be punished by Yahweh; with the loss of his firstborn will he lay its foundation, and with the loss of his youngest son will he set up its gates. So Yahweh was with Joshua, who became famous in all the land.

 

7[1-5] But the people of Israel sinned and took some of the dedicated things because Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the people of Judah, took some of the dedicated things and Yahweh was angry at the people of Israel. Then Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth Aven, on the east side of Bethel, and said to them, saying, Go up and spy out the land. So they went up and spied out Ai. They went back to Joshua, and said to him, Don’t let all the people go up; but let about two or 3,000 go up and fight Ai; don’t make all the people go there, because they are only a few. So about 3,000 men went up there of the people; and they ran from the men of Ai. The men of Ai killed about 36 men and chased them from the gate to Shebarim, and fought them at the bottom; and they were scared, and became as weak as water.

 

[6-9] So Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the Box of Yahweh until the evening, he and all the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads. Then Joshua prayed, Yahweh God, why have You brought this people over the Jordan, to give us into the hand of the Amorites, to let us die? I wish that we had been happy and lived on the other side of the Jordan! Oh, God, what can I say, after Israel has run from their enemies! The Canaanites and all the people of the land will hear about it, and will surround us, and destroy our name from the earth; and what will You do for Your great name then?

 

[10-15] So Yahweh said to Joshua, Get up; why have you fallen on your face this way? Israel has sinned; yes, they’ve even broken My promised agreement which I made with them; yes, they’ve even taken of the dedicated things, and have stolen them, and taken them away also, and put it among their own stuff. So the people of Israel can’t stand before their enemies; they turn their backs before their enemies, because they’ve been punished; and I won’t be with you any more, unless you destroy the dedicated things from among you. Get up, and dedicate the people, and say, Dedicate yourselves for tomorrow, because Yahweh, the God of Israel, says there is a dedicated thing in the midst of you, Israel; you can’t stand before your enemies, until you take away the dedicated thing from among you. So in the morning you’ll be brought near by your families and the people who Yahweh takes will come near by families; and the family which Yahweh will take will come near by households; and the household which Yahweh will take will come near one person at a time. Whoever is taken with the dedicated thing will be burnt with fire, both he and whatever he has; because he has sinned against the promised agreement of Yahweh, and because he has done foolishly in Israel.

 

[16-21] So Joshua got up early in the morning, and brought Israel near by their families; and the people of Judah was taken.  And he brought near the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zerahites and he brought near the family of the Zerahites one person at a time; and Zabdi was taken. So he brought near his household one person at a time; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the people of Judah, was taken. So Joshua said to Achan, My son, please give glory to Yahweh, the God of Israel, and admit to God and to me what you’ve done; don’t hide it from me. Then Achan answered Joshua, and said, It’s true; I’ve sinned against Yahweh, the God of Israel, and this is what I’ve done; when I saw among the stuff a very good Babylonian mantle, and 200 dollars of silver, and a bar of gold of fifty dollars weight, then I wanted them, and took them; and they are hid in the earth under my tent, and the silver with it.

 

[22-26] So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and it was hid under his tent, and the silver with it. They took them from under the tent, and brought them to Joshua and to all the people of Israel; and they laid them down before Yahweh. Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the mantle, and the wedge of gold, and his children, and his oxen, donkeys, and sheep, and his tent, and everything he had; and they brought them up to the valley of Achor. Then Joshua asked, “Why have you troubled us?” Yahweh will trouble you today. So all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them all with fire, and stoned them with stones. And they made a great pile of stones over him, to this day; and Yahweh was no longer angry. So the name of that place was called “The valley of Achor” to this day.

 

8[1-2] Yahweh said to Joshua, Don’t be afraid, or worry; take all the soldiers with you, and get up, go up to Ai; See, I’ve given into your hand the ruler of Ai, the people, the city, and the land; You’ll do to Ai and its ruler as you did to Jericho and its ruler; You’ll only take its stuff, and the livestock, for a reward for yourselves. Set up an ambush for the city behind it.

 

[3-8] So Joshua got up along with all the soldiers, to go up to Ai. Joshua chose out 30,000 strong men of courage, and sent them out by night. He told them, saying, See, you’ll lie in ambush against the city, behind the city; don’t go very far from the city, but be ready and I, and all the people who are with me, will go toward the city. When they come out against us, as at the first, we’ll run from them; and they’ll come out after us, until we’ve drawn them away from the city because they’ll say, They run away from us, as at the first; so we’ll run away from them; and you’ll rise up from the ambush, and take the city because Yahweh your God will hand it over to you. When you’ve taken the city, you’ll set the city on fire; You’ll do it by the word of Yahweh. See, I’ve told you.

 

[9-11] So Joshua sent them ahead; and they went to set up the ambush, and stayed between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of Ai; but Joshua camped that night among the people. Joshua got up early in the morning, and gathered the people, and went up, he and all the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. All the people, even the soldiers who were with him, went up, and came near the city, and encamped on the north side of Ai; now there was a valley between him and Ai.

 

[12-14] He took about 5,000 men, and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city. So they set the army which was on the north of the city, and their ambush on the west of the city; and Joshua went that night into the middle of the valley. When the ruler of Ai saw it, they hurried and got up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to fight, he and all his people, at the set time, before the ArabahDesert; but he didn’t know that there was an ambush against him behind the city.

 

[15-17] Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten by them, and ran away into the countryside. All the people who were in the city were called together to chase after them; and they chased after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city. There wasn’t a man left in Ai or Beth El, who didn’t go out after Israel; and they left the city open, and chased after Israel.

 

[18-20] Yahweh said to Joshua, Stretch out the javelin that’s in your hand toward Ai because I’ll give it into your hand. So Joshua stretched out the javelin that was in his hand toward the city. The ambush got up quickly out of their hiding place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand, and went into the city, and took it; and they hurried and set the city on fire. When the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw the smoke of the city rising up into the sky, and they had no power to run this way or that way; and the people who ran to the countryside turned back on those who chased them.

 

[21-24] When Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city and that the smoke of the city went up, then they turned again, and killed the men of Ai. The others came forth out of the city against them; so they were in the middle of Israel, some on one side, and some on the other side; and they fought them, so that none of them were left or escaped. The ruler of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua. When Israel had killed all the people of Ai in the field, in the countryside in which they chased them, and they were all fallen by the blade of a sword, until they were all gone, all Israel went back to Ai, and fought it with the blade of the sword.

 

[25-29] What fell that day, both of men and women, were 12,000, including all the men of Ai. For Joshua didn’t drop his hand, with which he stretched out the javelin, until he had completely destroyed all the people of Ai. Only the livestock and the stuff of that city Israel took for themselves, by the word of Yahweh which he told Joshua. So Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a pile of ruins forever, completely destroyed even to today. The ruler of Ai he hanged on a tree until the evening; and at sundown Joshua told them to take his body down from the tree, and throw it at the city gate, and they made a great pile of stones on it to today.

 

[30-32] Then Joshua built an altar to Yahweh, the God of Israel, in Mount Ebal, as Moses the worker of Yahweh told the people of Israel, as it’s written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of uncut stones, on which no one had used a tool; and they offered burnt offerings to Yahweh on it, and sacrificed peace offerings. He wrote there on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote, in the presence of the people of Israel.

 

[33-35] All Israel, their elders and leaders, and their judges, stood on each side of the Box before the Levite preachers, who carried the Box of the Law of Yahweh, the foreigner as well as the native; half of them in front of Mount Gerizim, and half of them in front of Mount Ebal; as Moses the worker of Yahweh had said at the first, that they should bless the people of Israel. Afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the punishment, by what’s written in the book of the law. There wasn’t a word of what Moses said, which Joshua didn’t read before all the assembly of Israel, along with the women, the little ones, and the foreigners who were with them.

 

9[1-5] When all the rulers who were across the Jordon, in the hill country, the lowland, and on all the shore of the Great Sea  by Lebanon, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard about it; they agreed to gather together to fight with Joshua and with Israel. But when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, they planned to trick them, and went and pretended to be messengers from another country, and took old sacks on their donkeys, and wineskins, old and torn and tied up, and old and patched shoes on their feet, and old clothes on them; and all their bread was dry and moldy.

 

[6-10] They went to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him, and to the men of Israel, We’ve come from a far country, so please make an agreement with us. The men of Israel said to the Hivites, What if you live among us; and how will we make an agreement with you? They answered Joshua saying, We’ll do whatever you ask. So Joshua said to them, Who are you? and from where do you come? They answered him, We’ve come from a very far country for the name of Yahweh your God because we’ve heard about what your God did in Egypt, and to the two rulers of the Amorites, who were across the Jordon, to Sihon ruler of Heshbon, and to Og ruler of Bashan, who was at Ashtaroth.

 

[11-13] Our elders and all the people of our country said to us, Take whatever you need for the journey, and go to meet them, and tell them, We will do whatever you ask so make an agreement with us. This our bread we took hot for our needs out of our houses on the day we came to come to you; but now, See, it’s dry and moldy; and these wineskins, which we filled, were new; and See, they are torn; and these clothes and our shoes are old because of the very long journey.

 

[14-20] So the men took some of their stuff, and didn’t ask Yahweh what they should do and Joshua made peace with them, making an agreement with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the people made a promise to them. At the end of three days after they had made an agreement with them, they heard that they were their neighbors, and that they lived in the same country with them. So the people of Israel traveled, and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kiriath Jearim. But the people of Israel didn’t fight them, because the leaders of the people had promised to them by Yahweh, the God of Israel. All the people complained against the leaders. But all the leaders said to all the people, We’ve promised to them by Yahweh, the God of Israel, so we won’t touch them. But we’ll do this to them, and let them live; or God will be angry with us, because of the promise which we made to them.

 

[21-23] The leaders said to them, Let them live, so they became wood cutters and water haulers to all the people, as the leaders had spoken to them. Joshua called for them, and asked them, saying, Why have you lied to us, saying, We live very far from you; when you live near us? So you’ll be punished, and you’ll always be our workers, both wood cutters and water haulers for the house of my God.

 

[24-27] They answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told us, how Yahweh your God told Moses, the worker of God, to give you all the land, and to destroy all the people of the land from before you; so we were very afraid for our lives because of you, and have done this thing. See, we are in your hand, so do whatever seems good and right to you to do to us. So he did to them what he said, and freed them out of the hand of the people of Israel, so that they wouldn’t kill them. That day Joshua made them wood cutters and water haulers for the people, and for the altar of Yahweh, to today, wherever God would choose.

 

10[1-4] Now when Adoni-Zedek ruler of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had completely  destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and its ruler, so he had done to Ai and its ruler; and how the people of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were with them; that they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were strong. So Adoni-Zedek ruler of Jerusalem sent to Hoham ruler of Hebron, Piram ruler of Jarmuth, Japhia ruler of Lachish, and Debir ruler of Eglon, saying, Come up to me, and help me, and let us fight Gibeon because it has made peace with Joshua and with the people of Israel.

 

[5-7] So the five rulers of the Amorites, the ruler of Jerusalem, the ruler of Hebron, the ruler of Jarmuth, the ruler of Lachish, the ruler of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their armies, and encamped against Gibeon, and made war against it. So the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Don’t forget we’re your workers; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us because all the rulers of the Amorites that live in the hill country are gathered together against us. So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he, and all the soldiers with him, and all the strong men of courage.

 

[8-11] Yahweh said to Joshua, Don’t fear them because I’ve given them to you; there won’t a man of them stand before you. So Joshua came on them suddenly because he marched from Gilgal all night long. And Yahweh confused them before Israel, and killed them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them by the way of the rise of Beth Horon, and fought them to Azekah, and to Makkedah. As they ran from Israel, while they were at the bottom of Beth Horon, Yahweh throw down huge hailstones from the sky on them to Azekah, and they died; and there were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the people of Israel killed with the sword.

 

English: Joshua commanding the sun to stand still

English: Joshua commanding the sun to stand still (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

[12-15] Then spoke Joshua to Yahweh in the day when Yahweh handed the Amorites over to the people of Israel; and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand still on Gibeon; You, Moon, in the valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still, and the moon stayed in its place, until the nation had put down their enemies. This is written in the book of Jashar. The sun stayed high in the sky, and didn’t go down about a whole day. There was no day like that before or after it, when Yahweh listened to the voice of a man because Yahweh fought for Israel. Then Joshua went back, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.

 

[16-21] These five rulers ran and hid in the cave at Makkedah. It was told Joshua, saying, The five rulers are found, hidden in the cave at Makkedah. Joshua said, Roll great stones to the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to keep them; but don’t stay there; chase after your enemies, and fight those in the rear; don’t let them go into their cities because Yahweh your God has handed them over to you. When Joshua and the people of Israel had killed them with a very great slaughter, until they were all gone, and what was left of them had gone into the protected cities, all the people went back to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace; and no one said a word against any of the people of Israel.

 

[22-25] Then Joshua said, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring those five rulers out of the cave to me. They did so, and brought the five rulers to him out of the cave, the ruler of Jerusalem, the ruler of Hebron, the ruler of Jarmuth, the ruler of Lachish, and the ruler of Eglon. When they brought the rulers to Joshua, Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the soldiers who went with him, Come near, put your feet on the necks of these rulers. So they came near, and put their feet on their necks. Joshua said to them, Don’t be afraid, nor worry; be strong and of good courage because Yahweh will do this to all your enemies against whom you fight.

 

[26-30] Afterward Joshua put them to death, and hanged them on five trees; and they were hanging on the trees until the evening. At sundown, Joshua told them to take them down off the trees, and throw them into the cave in which they had hidden, and put great stones on the mouth of the cave, to this very day. Joshua took Makkedah on that day, and fought it with the blade of a sword, and its ruler; he completely destroyed them and all who were in it; he left no one; and he did to the ruler of Makkedah as he had done to the ruler of Jericho. Joshua went from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, to Libnah, and fought against Libnah; and Yahweh handed it over also, and its ruler, to Israel; and he fought it with the blade of a sword, and all those who were in it; he left no one in it; and he did to its ruler as he had done to the ruler of Jericho.

 

[31-35] Joshua went from Libnah, and all Israel with him, to Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it; and Yahweh handed Lachish over to Israel; and he took it on the second day, and fought it with the blade of a sword, and all those who were in it, just as he had done to Libnah. Then Horam ruler of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua fought him and his people, until he had left no one to him. Joshua went from Lachish, and all Israel with him, to Eglon; and they encamped against it, and fought against it; and they took it on that day, and fought it with the blade of a sword; and all those who were in it he completely destroyed that day, just as he had done to Lachish.

 

[36-39] Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, to Hebron; and they fought against it; and they took it, and fought it with the blade of a sword, and its ruler, and all its towns, and all those who were in it; he left none left, just as he had done to Eglon; but he completely destroyed it, and all those who were in it. Then Joshua went back, and all Israel with him, to Debir, and fought against it; and he took it, and its ruler, and all its towns; and they fought them with the blade of a sword, and completely destroyed all those who were in it; he left none left; just as he had done to Hebron, he did to Debir, and to its ruler; just as he had done also to Libnah, and to its ruler.

 

[40-43] So Joshua fought all the land, the hill country, the South, the lowland, the slopes, and all their rulers; he left none, and completely destroyed whatever breathed, as Yahweh, the God of Israel, said. Joshua fought them from Kadesh Barnea even to Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even to Gibeon. All these rulers and their land Joshua took at one time, because Yahweh, the God of Israel, fought for Israel. So Joshua went back, and all Israel with him, to campGilgal.

 

11[1-5] When Jabin ruler of Hazor heard it, he sent to Jobab ruler of Madon, the ruler of Shimron, the ruler of Achshaph, to the rulers who were on the north, in the hill country, and in the Arabah Desert south of Chinneroth, in the lowland, and in the hills of Dor on the west, to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the hill country, and the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpah. They went out, they and all their armies with them, very many people, even as the sand on the seashore in number, with very many horses and war vehicles. All these rulers met together; and they came and encamped together at the waters of Merom, to fight with Israel.

 

[6-9] Yahweh said to Joshua, Don’t be afraid because of them because tomorrow at this time I’ll kill them all before Israel; and you’ll cripple their horses, and burn their war vehicles with fire. So Joshua came, and all the soldiers with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly, and fought them. Yahweh handed them over to Israel, and they fought them, and chased them to great Sidon, to Misrephoth Maim, and to the valley of Mizpah eastward; and they fought them, until none were left. Joshua did to them as Yahweh told him; he crippled their horses, and burnt their war vehicles with fire.

 

[10-15] Joshua turned back at that time, and took Hazor, and fought its ruler with the sword because Hazor was the capital of all those countries. They killed everyone who was in it with the blade of a sword, completely destroying them; there was no ne left who breathed; and he burnt Hazor with fire. All the cities of those rulers, and all their rulers Joshua took, and killed them with the blade of a sword, and completely  destroyed them; as Moses the worker of Yahweh had said. But as for the cities that stood on their mounds, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; Joshua burnt that one. All the stuff of these cities, and the livestock, the people of Israel took for a reward to themselves; but every man they fought with the blade of a sword, until they had destroyed them, neither did they leave any who breathed. As Yahweh told Moses his worker, so Moses told Joshua; and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of what Yahweh told Moses.

 

[16-20] So Joshua took that land, the hill country, all the South, all the land of Goshen, the lowland, the Arabah Desert, the hill country of Israel, and the lowland of the same; from Mount Halak, that goes up to Seir, even to Baal Gad in the valley of Lebanon under Mount Hermon; and all their rulers he took, and fought them, and put them to death. Joshua made war a long time with all those rulers. There wasn’t a city that made peace with the people of Israel, except the Hivites, the people of Gibeon; they took all in battle. For it was of Yahweh to harden their hearts, to come against Israel in battle, that Joshua might completely  destroy them, that they might have no favor, but that Joshua might destroy them, as Yahweh told Moses

 

[21-23] Joshua came at that time, and stopped the Anakim (a family of giants, descendants of Anak, which dwelled in southern Canaan) from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel; Joshua completely destroyed them along with their cities. There was none left of the Anakim in the land of the people of Israel; only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, were some left. So Joshua took the whole land, just as Yahweh said to Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel by their peoples. The land had rest from war.

 

12[1-5] Now these are the rulers of the land, whom the people of Israel fought, and took their land across the Jordon toward the east, from the valley of Arnon to Mount Hermon, and all the Arabah Desert eastward; Sihon ruler of the Amorites, who lived in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer, which is on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, and the city that’s in the middle of the valley, and half of Gilead, even to the river Jabbok, the border of the people of Ammon; and the Arabah Desert to the sea of Chinneroth, eastward, to the sea of the Arabah Desert, even the Salt Sea, eastward, the way to Beth Jeshimoth; and on the south, under the slopes of Pisgah; and the border of Og ruler of Bashan, of those left of the Rephaim (family of giants), who lived at Ashtaroth and at Edrei, and ruled in Mount Hermon, and in Salecah, and in all Bashan, to the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and half of Gilead, the border of Sihon ruler of Heshbon.

 

[6-24] Moses the worker of Yahweh and the people of Israel fought them; and Moses the worker of Yahweh gave it to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and half of the people of Manasseh. These are the rulers of the land whom Joshua and the people of Israel fought across the Jordon westward, from Baal Gad in the valley of Lebanon even to Mount Halak, that goes up to Seir; and Joshua gave it to the families of Israel for their own by the divisions of their families; in the hill country, in the lowland, in the Arabah Desert, in the slopes, in the countryside, and in the South; the Hittite, the Amorite, and the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; the ruler of Jericho; the ruler of Ai, which is beside Bethel; the ruler of Jerusalem; the ruler of Hebron; the ruler of Jarmuth; the ruler of Lachish; the ruler of Eglon; the ruler of Gezer; the ruler of Debir; the ruler of Geder; the ruler of Hormah; the ruler of Arad; the ruler of Libnah; the ruler of Adullam; the ruler of Makkedah; the ruler of Bethel; the ruler of Tappuah; the ruler of Hepher; the ruler of Aphek; the ruler of Lassharon; the ruler of Madon; the ruler of Hazor; the ruler of Shimron Meron; the ruler of Achshaph; the ruler of Taanach; the ruler of Megiddo; the ruler of Kedesh; the ruler of Jokneam in Carmel; the ruler of Dor in the height of Dor; the ruler of Goiim in Gilgal; and the ruler of Tirzah; 31 rulers in all.

 

13[1-6] Now Joshua was very old and on up in years; and Yahweh said to him, You’re old and on up in years, and there’s still very much land to be taken. This is the land that’s still left; all the areas of the Philistines, all the Geshurites; from the Shihor, which is before Egypt, even to the border of Ekron northward, which belongs to the Canaanites; the five rulers of the Philistines; the Gazites, the Ashdodites, the Ashkelonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites; also the Avvim, on the south; all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the border of the Amorites; and the land of the Gebalites, and all Lebanon, toward the east, from Baal Gad under Mount Hermon to the entrance of Hamath; all the people of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth Maim, even all the Sidonians; them I’ll drive out from before the people of Israel; only divide it out to Israel for an inheritance, as I’ve told you.

 

[7-14] So divide this land for an inheritance to the nine families, and half of the people of Manasseh. With him the Reubenites and the Gadites got their inheritance, which Moses gave them, across the Jordon eastward, even as Moses the worker of Yahweh gave them; from Aroer, that’s on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, the city that’s in the middle of the valley, all the plain of Medeba to Dibon; and all the cities of Sihon ruler of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, to the border of the people of Ammon; and Gilead, and the border of the Geshurites and Maacathites, and all Mount Hermon, and all Bashan to Salecah; all the countries of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei, which was left of the giants of Rephaim, because Moses fought them, and drove them out. But the people of Israel didn’t drive out the Geshurites, or the Maacathites; but Geshur and Maacath live in the middle of Israel to today. Joshua gave no inheritance to the people of Levi because the offerings of Yahweh, the God of Israel, made by fire are their inheritance, as God told them.

 

[15-23] Moses gave to the people of the people of Reuben by their families. Their border was from Aroer, that’s on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, the city that’s in the middle of the valley, all the plain by Medeba; Heshbon, and all its cities that are in the plain; Dibon, Bamoth Baal, Beth Baal Meon, Jahaz, Kedemoth, Mephaath, Kiriathaim, Sibmah, Zereth Shahar in the mount of the valley, Beth Peor, the slopes of Pisgah, Beth Jeshimoth, all the cities of the plain, and all the land of Sihon ruler of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses fought with the captains of Midian, Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the leaders of Sihon, who lived in the land. Balaam also the son of Beor, the false prophet, the people of Israel killed with the sword among the rest of the dead. The border of the people of Reuben was the Jordan, and its border. This was the inheritance of the people of Reuben by their families, their cities and towns.

 

[24-28] Moses gave an inheritance to the people of Gad, to the people of Gad by their families. Their border was Jazer, all the cities of Gilead, half the land of the people of Ammon, to Aroer that’s before Rabbah; from Heshbon to Ramath Mizpah, Betonim; from Mahanaim to the border of Debir; and in the valley, Beth Haram, and Beth Nimrah, Succoth, Zaphon, the rest of the land of Sihon ruler of Heshbon, the Jordan and its border, to the front part of the sea of Chinnereth across the Jordon eastward. This is the inheritance of the people of Gad by their families, their cities and towns.

 

[29-33] Moses gave an inheritance to a half of the people of Manasseh; and it was for a half of the people of the people of Manasseh by their families. Their border was from Mahanaim, all Bashan, all the countries of Og ruler of Bashan, all the towns of Jair, which are in Bashan, 60 cities in all; and half of Gilead, Ashtaroth, Edrei, the cities of the land of Og in Bashan, were for the people of Machir the son of Manasseh, even for half of the people of Machir by their families. These are the inheritances which Moses divided up in the plains of Moab, across the Jordon at Jericho, eastward. But Moses gave no inheritance to the people of Levi because Yahweh, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as God told them.

 

14[1-5] These are the inheritances which the people of Israel took in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the preacher, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the peoples of the people of Israel, distributed to them, by the lot of their inheritance, as Yahweh told Moses, for the nine families, and for the half-people. For Moses had given the inheritance of the two families and the half-people across the Jordan, but he gave no inheritance to the Levites with them. For the people of Joseph were two families, Manasseh and Ephraim, and they gave no part to the Levites in their land, except cities to live in, with their outskirts for their livestock and for their stuff. So the people of Israel did as Yahweh told Moses; and they divided the land.

 

[6-9] Then the people of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal; and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, You know the thing that Yahweh said to Moses, the man of God, about me and you in Kadesh Barnea. I was 40 years old when Moses the worker of Yahweh sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. But my brothers who went up with me made the people afraid; but I wholly followed Yahweh my God. Moses promised on that day, saying, Surely the land where your foot has stepped will be an inheritance to you and to your children forever, because you’ve wholly followed Yahweh my God.

 

[10-12] Now, see, I am still alive, as Yahweh spoke, these 45 years, from the time that Yahweh spoke this to Moses, while Israel walked in the countryside; and now, see, I am today 85 years old. As yet I am as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, and to go out and come in. So give me this hill country, of which Yahweh spoke in that day because you heard in that day how the Anakim (a family of giants, descendants of Anak, which dwelled in southern Canaan) were there, and cities great and protected; it may be that Yahweh will be with me, and I’ll drive them out, as Yahweh spoke.

 

[13-15] Joshua blessed him; and he gave Hebron to Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, for an inheritance. So Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite to today; because he wholly followed Yahweh, the God of Israel. Now the name of Hebron before was Kiriath Arba; which Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim (a family of giants, descendants of Anak, which dwelled in southern Canaan). And the land had rest from war.

 

15[1-4] The lot for the people of the people of Judah by their families was to the border of Edom, even to the countryside of Zin southward, at the farthest part of the south. Their south border was from the farthest part of the Salt Sea, from the bay that looks southward; and it went out southward toward the rise of Akrabbim, and passed along to Zin, and went up by the south of Kadesh Barnea, and passed along by Hezron, and went up to Addar, and turned toward Karka; and it passed along to Azmon, and went out at the River of Egypt; and the border ended at the sea; this will be your south border.

 

[5-11] The east border was the SaltSea, even to the end of the Jordan. The border of the north quarter was from the bay of the sea at the end of the Jordan; and the border went up to Beth Hoglah, and passed along by the north of Beth Arabah Desert; and the border went up to the stone of Bohan, the son of Reuben; and the border went up to Debir from the valley of Achor, and northward, looking toward Gilgal, that’s over against the rise of Adummim, which is on the south side of the river; and the border passed along to the waters of En Shemesh, and ended at En Rogel; and the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom to the side of the Jebusite southward, which is Jerusalem; and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lies before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the farthest part of the valley of Rephaim (giants) northward; and the border stretched from the top of the mountain to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of Mount Ephron; and the border stretched to Baalah, which is Kiriath Jearim; and the border turned about from Baalah westward to Mount Seir, and passed along to the side of Mount Jearim on the north, which is Chesalon, and went down to Beth Shemesh, and passed along by Timnah; and the border went out to the side of Ekron northward; and the border stretched to Shikkeron, and passed along to Mount Baalah, and went out at Jabneel; and the end of the border was at the sea.

 

[12-19] The west border was to the GreatSea , and its border. This is the border of the people of Judah by their families. To Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, he gave a part among the people of Judah, by the word of Yahweh to Joshua, even Kiriath Arba, which Arba (greatest of the family of giants) was the father of Anak, which is Hebron. Caleb drove out there the three sons of Anak; Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the people of Anak. He went up there against the people of Debir; now the name of Debir before was Kiriath Sepher. Caleb said, Whoever fights Kiriath Sepher, and takes it, I’ll give to him Achsah, my daughter, as wife. Othniel, the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it; and he gave him Achsah, his daughter, as wife. When she came to him, she moved him to ask of her father a field; and she got off her donkey; and Caleb said, What do you want? She said, Give me a blessing because you’ve set me in the land of the South, so give me also springs of water. He gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

 

[20-32] This is the inheritance of the people of the people of Judah by their families. The farthest cities of the people of the people of Judah toward the border of Edom in the South were Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, Kinah, Dimonah, Adadah, Kedesh, Hazor, Ithnan, Ziph, Telem, Bealoth, Hazor Hadattah, Kerioth, Hezron , which  is Hazor), Amam, Shema, Moladah, Hazar Gaddah, Heshmon, Beth Pelet, Hazar Shual, Beersheba, Biziothiah, Baalah, Ijim, Ezem, Eltolad, Chesil, Hormah, Ziklag, Madmannah, Sansannah, Lebaoth, Shilhim, Ain, and Rimmon; there were 29 cities in all with their towns.

 

[33-47] In the lowland, Eshtaol, Zorah, Ashnah, Zanoah, En Gannim, Tappuah, Enam, Jarmuth, Adullam, Socoh, Azekah, Shaaraim, Adithaim, Gederah, and Gederothaim; 14 cities in all with their towns. Zenan, Hadashah, Migdal Gad, Dilean, Mizpah, Joktheel, Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon, Cabbon, Lahmam, Chitlish, Gederoth, Beth Dagon, Naamah, and Makkedah; 16 cities in all with their towns. Libnah, Ether, Ashan, Iphtah, Ashnah, Nezib, Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah; nine cities in all with their towns. Ekron with its cities and towns; From Ekron even to the sea, and what were by the side of Ashdod with their towns. Ashdod, its cities and towns; Gaza, its cities and towns; to the River of Egypt, and the GreatSea, and its coast.

 

[48-60] In the hill country, Shamir, Jattir, Socoh, Dannah, Kiriath Sannah, which is Debir, Anab, Eshtemoh, Anim, Goshen, Holon, and Giloh; eleven cities with their towns. Arab, and Dumah, and Eshan, and Janim, and Beth Tappuah, and Aphekah, and Humtah, and Kiriath Arba, which is Hebron, and Zior; nine cities with their towns. Maon, Carmel, Ziph, Jutah, Jezreel, Jokdeam, Zanoah, Kain, Gibeah, and Timnah; ten cities with their towns. Halhul, Beth Zur, Gedor, Maarath, Beth Anoth, and Eltekon; six cities with their towns. Kiriath Baal, which is Kiriath Jearim, and Rabbah; two cities with their towns.

 

[61-63] In the countryside, BethArabahDesert, Middin, Secacah, Nibshan, the City of Salt, and En Gedi; six cities with their towns. As for the Jebusites, the people of Jerusalem, the people of Judah couldn’t drive them out, so the Jebusites live with the people of Judah at Jerusalem to today.

 

16[1-4] The lot came out for the people of Joseph from the Jordan at Jericho, at the waters of Jericho on the east, even the countryside, going up from Jericho through the hill country to Bethel; and it went out from Bethel to Luz, and passed along to the border of the Archites to Ataroth; and it went down westward to the border of the Japhletites, to the border of Beth Horon the lower, even to Gezer; and ended at the sea. The people of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance.

 

[5-10] The border of the people of Ephraim by their families was this; the border of their inheritance eastward was Ataroth Addar, to Beth Horon the upper; and the border went out westward at Michmethath on the north; and the border turned about eastward to Taanath Shiloh, and passed along it on the east of Janoah; and it went down from Janoah to Ataroth, and to Naarah, and reached to Jericho, and went out at the Jordan. From Tappuah the border went along westward to the KanahRiver; and ended at the sea. This is the inheritance of the people of the people of Ephraim by their families; together with the cities which were set apart for the people of Ephraim in the middle of the inheritance of the people of Manasseh, all the cities with their towns. They didn’t drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer; but the Canaanites live in the middle of Ephraim to today, and are their workers.

 

17[1 This was the lot for the people of Manasseh, who was the firstborn of Joseph. As for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, he was a man of war, so he had Gilead and Bashan. So the lot was for the rest of the people of Manasseh by their families, for the people of Abiezer, for the people of Helek, for the people of Asriel, for the people of Shechem, for the people of Hepher, and for the people of Shemida; these were the male people of Manasseh, the son of Joseph by their families. But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but only daughters; and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. They came to Eleazar the preacher, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the leaders, saying, Yahweh told Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers; so by the word of Yahweh he gave them land among the brothers of their father.

 

[5-10] Manasseh got ten parts, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is across the Jordon; because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons. The land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the sons of Manasseh. The border of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethath, which is before Shechem; and the border went along to the right, to the people of En Tappuah. The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh; but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the people of Ephraim. The border went down to the Kanah River, southward of the river; these cities belonged to Ephraim among the cities of Manasseh; and the border of Manasseh was on the north side of the river, and it ended at the sea; southward was Ephraim’s, and northward was Manasseh’s, and the sea was the border; and they reached to Asher on the north, and to Issachar on the east.

 

[11-13] Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Beth Shean and its towns, and Ibleam and its towns, and the people of Dor and its towns, and the people of Endor and its towns, and the people of Taanach and its towns, and the people of Megiddo and its towns, even the three hills. Yet the people of Manasseh couldn’t drive out the people of those cities; but the Canaanites would live in that land. When the people of Israel had grown strong, they put the Canaanites to hard work, and didn’t completely drive them out. The people of Joseph said to Joshua, saying, Why have you given me only one lot and one part for an inheritance, seeing I am a great people, because up to now Yahweh has blessed me?

 

[15-18] So Joshua said to them, If you’re a great people, go up to the forest, and cut down for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants of Rephaim; since the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you. The people of Joseph said, The hill country isn’t enough for us; and all the Canaanites who live in the land of the valley have war vehicles of iron, both they who are in Beth Shean and its towns, and those who are in the valley of Jezreel. Joshua said to the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, You’re a great people, and have great power; you won’t have one lot only; but the hill country will be yours because though it’s a forest, you’ll cut it down, and the end of it will be yours because you’ll drive out the Canaanites, though they have war vehicles of iron, and though they are strong.

 

18[1-7] The whole assembly of the people of Israel gathered together at Shiloh, and set up the Place of Worship there; and the land was under their control. There were seven families among the people of Israel left, which hadn’t yet divided their inheritance. Joshua said to the people of Israel, How long will you wait to go in to take the land, which Yahweh, the God of your ancestors, has given you? Appoint for you three men of each people; and I’ll send them, and they’ll go up, and walk through the land, and describe it by their inheritance; and they’ll come to me. They’ll divide it into seven parts; Judah will stay in his border on the south, and the house of Joseph will stay in their border on the north. You’ll describe the land into seven parts, and bring the description here to me; and I’ll throw judgment stones for you here before Yahweh our God. For the Levites have no part among you because the work of the preachers of Yahweh is their inheritance; and Gad, Reuben, and the half-people of Manasseh have got their inheritance across the Jordon eastward, which Moses the worker of Yahweh gave them.

 

[8-10] So the men got up, and went; and Joshua told those who went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and describe it, and come again to me; and I’ll throw judgment stones for you here before Yahweh in Shiloh. Then the men went through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book; and they came to Joshua to the camp at Shiloh. Joshua threw the judgment stones for them in Shiloh before Yahweh; and Joshua divided the land to the people of Israel by their family divisions.

 

[11-14] The lot of the people of the people of Benjamin came up by their families; and the border of their lot went out between the people of Judah and the people of Joseph. Their border on the north quarter was from the Jordan; and the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north, through the hill country westward; and ended at the countryside of Beth Aven. The border passed along from there to Luz, to the side of Luz, which is Bethel, southward; and the border went down to Ataroth Addar, by the mountain that lies on the south of Beth Horon the lower. The border stretched there, and turned about on the west quarter southward, from the mountain that lies before Beth Horon southward; and ended at Kiriath Baal , which  is Kiriath Jearim), a city of the people of Judah; this was the west quarter.

 

[15-19] The south quarter was from the farthest part of Kiriath Jearim; and the border went out westward, out to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah; and the border went down to the farthest part of the mountain that lies before the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is in the valley of the giants of Rephaim northward; down to the valley of Hinnom, to the side of the Jebusite southward, down to En Rogel; and stretched northward, going out at En Shemesh, and to Geliloth, which is over against the rise of Adummim; down to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben; and passed along to the side over against the Arabah Desert northward, down to the Arabah Desert; passed along to the side of Beth Hoglah northward; and ended at the north bay of the Salt Sea, at the south end of the Jordan; this was the south border.

 

[20-25] The Jordan was its border on the east quarter. This was the inheritance of the people of Benjamin, by its borders all around, by their families. Now the cities of the people of Benjamin by their families were Jericho, Beth Hoglah, Emek Keziz, Beth Arabah Desert, Zemaraim, Bethel, Avvim, Parah, Ophrah, Chephar Ammoni, Ophni, and Geba; twelve cities with their towns: Gibeon, Ramah, Beeroth, Mizpah, Chephirah, Mozah, Rekem, Irpeel, Taralah, Zelah, Eleph, the Jebusite, which  is Jerusalem, Gibeath, and Kiriath; 14 cities with their towns. This is the inheritance of the people of Benjamin by their families.

 

19[1-9] The second lot came out for Simeon, for the people of Simeon by their families; and their inheritance was in the middle of the inheritance of the people of Judah. They had for their inheritance Beersheba, or Sheba, Moladah, Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem, Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah, Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah, Beth Lebaoth, and Sharuhen; 13 cities with their towns; Ain, Rimmon, Ether, and Ashan; four cities with their towns; and all the towns that were around these cities to Baalath Beer, Ramah of the South. This is the inheritance of the people of Simeon by their families. The inheritance of the people of Simeon came out of the part of the people of Judah because the part of the people of Judah was too much for them; so the people of Simeon had land in the middle of their inheritance.

 

[10-16] The third lot came up for the people of Zebulun by their families; and the border of their inheritance was to Sarid; going up westward, even to Maralah, reaching to Dabbesheth; and to the river that’s before Jokneam; turned from Sarid eastward toward the east to the border of Chisloth Tabor; and it went out to Daberath, and went up to Japhia; and from there it passed along eastward to Gath Hepher, to Ethkazin; and at Rimmon which stretches to Neah; turned about on the north to Hannathon; and ended at the valley of Iphtah El; and Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem; twelve cities with their towns. This is the inheritance of the people of Zebulun by their families, these cities with their towns.

 

[17-23] The fourth lot came out for Issachar, even for the people of Issachar by their families. Their border was to Jezreel, Chesulloth, Shunem, Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath, Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez, Remeth, Engannim, En Haddah, and Beth Pazzez; and the border reached to Tabor, Shahazumah, Beth Shemesh; and ended at the Jordan; 16 cities with their towns. This is the inheritance of the people of the people of Issachar by their families, the cities with their towns.

 

[24-31] The fifth lot came out for the people of Asher by their families. Their border was Helkath, Hali, Beten, Achshaph, Allammelech, Amad, and Mishal; reaching to Carmel westward, to Shihorlibnath; turned toward the east to Beth Dagon, reached to Zebulun, to the valley of Iphtah El northward to Beth Emek and Neiel; and going out to Cabul on the left hand, and Ebron, Rehob, Hammon, and Kanah, even to great Sidon; turned to Ramah, and to the protected city of Tyre; and the border turned to Hosah; and ended at the sea by the area of Achzib; Ummah, Aphek, and Rehob; 22 cities with their towns. This is the inheritance of the people of Asher by their families, these cities with their towns.

 

[32-39] The sixth lot came out for the people of Naphtali, even for the people of Naphtali by their families. Their border was from Heleph, from the oak in Zaanannim, Adaminekeb, Jabneel to Lakkum; and ended at the Jordan; and the border turned westward to Aznoth Tabor, went out from there to Hukkok; reached to Zebulun on the south, to Asher on the west, and to Judah at the Jordan toward the east. The protected cities were Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Chinnereth, Adamah, Ramah, Hazor, Kedesh, Edrei, and En Hazor, Iron, Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath, and Beth Shemesh; 19 cities with their towns. This is the inheritance of the people of Naphtali by their families, the cities with their towns.

 

[40-48] The seventh lot came out for the people of the people of Dan by their families. The border of their inheritance was Zorah, Eshtaol, Irshemesh, Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah, Elon, Timnah, Ekron, Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath, Jehud, BeBerak, Gath Rimmon, Me Jarkon, and Rakkon with the border over against Joppa. The border of the people of Dan went out beyond them because the people of Dan went up and fought against Leshem, and took it, and fought it with the blade of a sword, taking it, and living in it, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father. This is the inheritance of the people of Dan by their families, these cities with their towns.

 

[49-51] So they finished distributing the land for inheritance by their borders; and the people of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun in the middle of them; by the word of Yahweh they gave him the city which he asked, even Timnathserah in the hill country of Ephraim; and he built the city, and lived in it. These are the inheritances, which Eleazar the preacher, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the ancestors’ houses of the people of Israel, distributed for inheritance by lot in Shiloh before Yahweh, at the door of the Place of Worship. So they finished dividing the land.

 

20[1-6] Yahweh said to Joshua, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, saying, Name the cities of refuge, of which I said to you by Moses, that those who kill someone by accident without thinking may run there; and they’ll be for a refuge from the avenger of blood. They’ll run to one of those cities, and stand at the entrance of the gate of the city, and make their case to the elders of that city; and they’ll take that person into the city with them, and give them a place to live with them. If the avenger of blood chases after that person, then they won’t hand over the killer to them; because it was an accident, and they didn’t hate the person before. So that person will live in that city, until they stand before the people for judgment, until the death of the leading preacher that will be in those days; then the killer will go back to his own city, and to his own house, to the city from where he ran.

 

[7-9] So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba , which  is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah. Across the Jordon at Jericho eastward, they named Bezer in the countryside in the plain out of the people of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead out of the people of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the people of Manasseh. These were the appointed cities for all the people of Israel, and for the stranger who stays with them, that whoever kills anyone by accident might run there, and not be killed by the avenger of blood, until they’ve stood before the people.

 

21[1-3] Then came near the heads of ancestors’ houses of the Levites to Eleazar the preacher, to Joshua the son of Nun, and to the heads of ancestors’ houses of the people of Israel; and they said to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, Yahweh told Moses to give us cities to live in with their outskirts for our livestock. So the people of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, by the word of Yahweh, these cities with their outskirts.

 

[4-7] The lot came out for the families of the Kohathites; and the people of Aaron the preacher, who were of the Levites, had by lot out of the family of Judah, the family of the Simeonites, and the family of Benjamin, 13 cities. The rest of the people of Kohath had by lot out of the families of Ephraim, the family of Dan, and out of half of the family of Manasseh, ten cities. The people of Gershon had by lot out of the families of Issachar, the family of Asher, the family of Naphtali, and out of half of the family of Manasseh in Bashan, 13 cities. The people of Merari by their families had out of the family of Reuben, the family of Gad, and the family of Zebulun, twelve cities.

 

[8-12] The people of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their outskirts, as Yahweh told Moses. They gave out of the people of Judah, and out of the people of Simeon, these cities which are here mentioned by name; and they were for the people of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites, who were of the people of Levi because theirs was the first lot. They gave them Kiriath Arba, and Arba was the father of Anak the giant, which is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with the outskirts around it. But the fields of the city, and its towns, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his own.

 

[13-19] To the people of Aaron the preacher they gave Hebron with its outskirts, the city of refuge for the killer, Libnah with its outskirts, Jattir with its outskirts, Eshtemoa with its outskirts, Holon with its outskirts, Debir with its outskirts, Ain with its outskirts, Juttah with its outskirts, and Beth Shemesh with its outskirts; nine cities out of those two families. Out of the people of Benjamin, Gibeon with its outskirts, Geba with its outskirts, Anathoth with its outskirts, and Almon with its outskirts; four cities. All the cities of the people of Aaron, the preachers, were 13 cities with their outskirts.

 

[20-26] The people of Kohath, the Levites, all the rest of the people of Kohath had the cities of their lot out of the people of Ephraim. They gave them Shechem with its outskirts in the hill country of Ephraim, the city of refuge for the killer, Gezer with its outskirts, Kibzaim with its outskirts, and Beth Horon with its outskirts; four cities. Out of the people of Dan, Elteke with its outskirts, Gibbethon with its outskirts, Aijalon with its outskirts, Gath Rimmon with its outskirts; four cities. Out of the half-people of Manasseh, Taanach with its outskirts, and Gath Rimmon with its outskirts; two cities. All the cities of the families of the rest of the people of Kohath were ten with their outskirts.

 

[27-33] To the people of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of half the people of Manasseh they gave Golan in Bashan with its outskirts, the city of refuge for the killer, and Be Eshterah with its outskirts; two cities. Out of the people of Issachar, Kishion with its outskirts, Daberath with its outskirts, Jarmuth with its outskirts, En Gannim with its outskirts; four cities. Out of the people of Asher, Mishal with its outskirts, Abdon with its outskirts, Helkath with its outskirts, and Rehob with its outskirts; four cities. Out of the people of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with its outskirts, the city of refuge for the killer, Hammothdor with its outskirts, and Kartan with its outskirts; three cities. There were 13 cities with their outskirts in all of the Gershonites by their families.

 

[34-40] To the people of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the people of Zebulun, Jokneam with its outskirts, Kartah with its outskirts, Dimnah with its outskirts, and Nahalal with its outskirts; four cities. Out of the people of Reuben, Bezer with its outskirts, Jahaz with its outskirts, Kedemoth with its outskirts, and Mephaath with its outskirts; four cities. Out of the people of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with its outskirts, the city of refuge for the killer, Mahanaim with its outskirts, Heshbon with its outskirts, and Jazer with its outskirts; four cities in all. All these were the cities of the people of Merari by their families, all the rest of the families of the Levites; and their lot was twelve cities.

 

[41-45] All the cities of the Levites in the middle of the land of the people of Israel were 48 cities with their outskirts. These cities with their outskirts around them; so it was with all these cities. So Yahweh gave to Israel all the land which was promised to their ancestors; and they took it, and lived in it. Yahweh gave them rest all around, and what was promised to their ancestors; and not one of all their enemies stood before them; Yahweh gave all their enemies into their hand. Everything happened which Yahweh had told the house of Israel; nothing failed of it.

 

22[1-5] Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and half of the people of Manasseh, and said to them, You’ve done what Moses the worker of Yahweh told you, and have listened to my voice in what I told you; you haven’t left your brothers these many days to today, but have kept the word of Yahweh your God. Now Yahweh your God has given rest to your brothers, as was told them; so now turn, and get to your tents, to your land, which Moses the worker of Yahweh gave you across the Jordon. Only be very careful to do the word and the law which Moses the worker of Yahweh told you, to love Yahweh your God, and to walk in all the ways of God, to keep all God’s words, to hold on to God, and to serve God with all your heart and with all your soul.

 

[6-8] So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away; and they went to their tents. Now to half of the people of Manasseh Moses had given inheritance in Bashan; but to the other half Joshua gave among their brothers across the Jordon westward; so when Joshua sent them away to their tents, he blessed them, and said to them, saying, Return with much wealth to your tents, with very much livestock, with silver, gold, brass, and iron, and with very much clothing; divide the stuff of your enemies with your brothers.

 

[9-11] The people of Reuben and the people of Gad and half of the people of Manasseh went back, and left from the people of Israel out of Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan, to go to the land of Gilead, to their own land, by the word of Yahweh by Moses. When they came to the area near the Jordan, that’s in the land of Canaan, the people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and half of the people of Manasseh built an altar there by the Jordan, a great altar to look on. The people of Israel heard say, See, the people of Reuben, the people of Gad and half of the people of Manasseh have built an altar at the edge of the land of Canaan, in the area near the Jordan, on the side that belongs to the people of Israel.

 

[12-16] When the people of Israel heard it, the whole group of the people of Israel gathered themselves together at Shiloh, to go to war against them. The people of Israel sent to the people of Reuben, to the people of Gad, and to half of the people of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the preacher, and with him ten leaders, one head of an ancestors’ house for each of the families of Israel; and they were each head of their ancestors’ houses among the thousands of Israel. They came to the people of Reuben, to the people of Gad, and to half of the people of Manasseh, to the land of Gilead, and they spoke with them, saying, The whole people of Yahweh asks, What sin is this that you’ve done against the God of Israel, to turn away today from following Yahweh, in that you’ve built an altar, to rebel today against Yahweh?

 

[17-20] Is the sin of Peor too little for us, from which we haven’t cleansed ourselves to today, although there came a plague on the people of Yahweh, that you must turn away today from following Yahweh? And seeing you rebel today against Yahweh, tomorrow God will be angry with the whole people of Israel. But, if the land of your possession be unfit, then pass over to the land of the possession of Yahweh, in which Yahweh’s tent is, and take possession among us; but don’t rebel against Yahweh, nor rebel against us, in building an altar besides the altar of Yahweh our God. Didn’t Achan the son of Zerah commit a sin in the dedicated things, and wrath fell on all the people of Israel? and that man didn’t die alone in his sin.

 

[21-25] Then the people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and half of people of Manasseh answered, and said to the heads of the thousands of Israel, Yahweh God of gods, Yahweh God of gods, knows; and Israel will know if it be in rebellion, or if it was done in sin against Yahweh (don’t save us today), that we’ve built an altar to turn away from following Yahweh; or if to offer a burnt offering or meal offering on it, or if to offer sacrifices of peace offerings on it, let Yahweh judge us; and if we haven’t rather out of carefulness done this, and of purpose, saying, In the future your children might speak to our children, saying, What do you have to do with Yahweh, the God of Israel? Yahweh has made the Jordan a border between us and you, you people of Reuben and Gad have nothing to do with Yahweh; so your children might make our children stop worshiping Yahweh.

 

[26-29] So we said, Let us now build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice; but as a witness between us and you, and between our generations after us, that we may do the work of Yahweh with our burnt offerings, and our sacrifices, and our peace offerings; that your children may not tell our children in the future, You have nothing to do with Yahweh. So we said, When they tell this to us or to our generations in the future, we’ll say, See the pattern of the altar of Yahweh, which our ancestors made, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice; but it’s a witness between us and you. Far be it from us that we should rebel against Yahweh, and turn away today from following Yahweh, to build an altar for burnt offering, for meal offering, or for sacrifice, besides the altar of Yahweh our God that’s in the Place of Worship.

 

[30-34] When Phinehas, the preacher, and the leaders of the people, the heads of the thousands of Israel that were with him, heard the words that the people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and the people of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them well. Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the preacher, said to the people of Reuben, to the people of Gad, and to the people of Manasseh, Today we know that Yahweh is here with us, because you haven’t done this sin against Yahweh; now you’ve taken the people of Israel out of the hand of Yahweh. Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the preacher, and the leaders went back from the people of Reuben, and Gad, out of the land of Gilead, to the land of Canaan, to the people of Israel, and brought them word again. It pleased the people of Israel; and the people of Israel blessed God, and spoke no more of going up against them to war, to destroy the land in which the people of Reuben and Gad lived. The people of Reuben and Gad called the altar Ed because, they said, It’s a witness between us that Yahweh is God.

 

23[1-5] After many days when Yahweh had given rest to Israel from all their enemies around them, and Joshua was old and on up in years; Joshua called for all Israel, for their elders, their heads, their judges, and their leaders, and said to them, I am old and on up in years; and you’ve seen what Yahweh your God has done to all these nations for you, because Yahweh, your God, is who has fought for you. See, I’ve given you these nations that are left, to be an inheritance for your families, from the Jordan with all the nations that I’ve stopped, even to the GreatSea toward the west. Yahweh your God will throw them out before you, and drive them out of your sight; and you’ll take their land, as Yahweh your God said to you.

 

[6-10] So be very courageous to keep and do what’s written in the book of the law of Moses, that you don’t turn away from it in any way; that you don’t come among these nations, these that are left among you; Don’t say the name of their false gods, nor make promises by them, neither serve them, nor worship them; but hang on to Yahweh your God, as you’ve done to today. For Yahweh has driven out from before you great and strong nations; but as for you, no one has stood before you to today. One of you will chase a thousand because it’s Yahweh your God who fights for you, as was told you.

 

[11-16] Be careful to love Yahweh your God. Or else if you do at all go back, and live with those who are left of these nations, even these who are left among you, and make marriages with them, and go in to them, and they to you; know for a certainty that Yahweh your God won’t drive these nations from out of your sight any more; but they’ll be a trap to you, and a pain in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until you die from off this good land which Yahweh your God has given you. See, today I’m going the way of all the earth; and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing has failed of all the good things which Yahweh your God spoke to you about; all has happen to you, not one thing has failed to happen. As all the good things are come on you of which Yahweh your God said to you, so will Yahweh bring on you all the evil things, until you are destroyed from off this good land which Yahweh your God has given you. When you disobey the promised agreement of Yahweh your God, which was told you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them; then Yahweh will be very angry with you, and you’ll die quickly from off the good land which God has given to you.

 

24[1-5] Joshua gathered all the families of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, their heads, their judges, and their leaders; and they presented themselves before God. Joshua said to all the people, Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, Your ancestors lived of old time across the River, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and of Nahor; and they served false  gods. I took your father Abraham from across the River, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and grew his family, and gave him Isaac. I gave to Isaac Jacob and Esau; and I gave to Esau Mount Seir, to take it; and Jacob and his children went down into Egypt. I sent Moses and Aaron, and I troubled Egypt, by that which I did there; and afterward I brought you out.

 

[6-10] I brought your ancestors out of Egypt; and you came to the sea; and the Egyptians chased after your ancestors with war vehicles and with horsemen to the Red Sea. When they cried out to Yahweh, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea back on them, and covered them; and your eyes saw what I did in Egypt; and you lived in the countryside many days. I brought you into the land of the Amorites, who lived across the Jordon; and they fought with you; and I put them into your power, and you took their land; and I destroyed them from before you. Then Balak the son of Zippor, ruler of Moab, got up and fought against Israel; and he sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you; but I would not listen to Balaam; so he blessed you still; so I freed you out of his hand.

 

[11-15] You went over the Jordan, and came to Jericho; and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Girgashite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; and I handed them over to you. I sent the hornet before you, which drove them out from before you, even the two rulers of the Amorites; not with your sword, nor with your bow. I gave you a land which you hadn’t worked for, and cities which you didn’t build, and you live in it; and you eat of vineyards and olive groves which you didn’t plant. So respect Yahweh, and worship God in sincerity and truth; and put away the false gods which your ancestors worshipped across the River, and in Egypt; and serve Yahweh. If it seem evil to you to serve Yahweh God, choose today whom you’ll serve; whether the false gods which your ancestors served across the River, or the false gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live, but as for me and my house, we’ll serve Yahweh.

 

[16-20] The people answered, Far be it from us that we should leave Yahweh, to serve other gods; It’s Yahweh our God, who brought us and our ancestors up out of the land of Egypt, from all the hard work we did, and who did those great signs in our sight, and saved us in all the way in which we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; and Yahweh drove out from before us all the peoples, even the Amorites who lived in the land; so we also will serve Yahweh, Who is our God. Joshua answered them, You can’t serve Yahweh, Who is a holy God; and a jealous God, who won’t forgive your disobedience nor your sins. If you leave Yahweh, and worship false gods, then God will turn and punish you, and destroy you, who has done good to you till now.

 

[21-25] The people said to Joshua, No; but we’ll serve Yahweh. And Joshua answered the people, You’re witnesses against yourselves that you’ve chosen to serve Yahweh. They said, We are witnesses. So put away, he said, the foreign gods which are among you, and turn your heart to Yahweh, the God of Israel. The people said to Joshua, We’ll serve Yahweh our God, and listen to God’s Word. So Joshua made an agreement with the people that day, and set them a rule of law in Shechem.

 

[26-30] Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a great stone, and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of Yahweh. Joshua said to all the people, See, this stone will be a witness against us because it has heard all the words Yahweh said to us; so it’s a witness against you, in case you deny your God. So Joshua sent the people away, everyone to their land. Afterwards, Joshua the son of Nun, the worker of Yahweh, died, being 110 years old. They buried him on the edge of his land in Timnathserah, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, on the north of the mountain of Gaash.

 

[31-33] Israel served Yahweh all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, and had known what all Yahweh had done for Israel. They buried the bones of Joseph, which the people of Israel brought up out of Egypt, in Shechem, in the parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for a hundred coins; and they became the inheritance of the people of Joseph. Eleazar, the son of Aaron, died; and they buried him in the hill of Phinehas, his son, which was given him in the hill country of Ephraim.

 

 

 

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About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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