Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Joshua

Joshua 1

¶1. And it came to pass after the death of Moses, the servant of Jehovah, that Jehovah spoke to Joshua ben-Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,

2.“Moses my servant is dead. So, arise now. Go over this Jordan, you, and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the children of Israel.

3.Every place that the sole of your foot treads upon, I have given to you, just as I said to Moses.

4.From the wilderness and this Lebanon, and as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your territory.

5.No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, I will be with you. I will neither forsake you nor abandon you.

6.Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land, which I swore to their fathers to give to them.

7.Only be strong and very courageous to take care to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it right or left, so that you may be wise in every matter where you are going.

8.The book of this law must not be removed from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you will take care to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way successful, and then you will have wisdom.

9.Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not tremble, nor be dismayed, for Jehovah your God is with you in all things where you are going.”

10. Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,

11.“Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for in three more days you will cross over this Jordan to go in to possess the land which Jehovah your God is giving you to possess.’”

12. And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half of the tribe of Manasseh, Joshua spoke, saying,

13.“Remember what Moses, the servant of Jehovah, commanded you, saying, ‘Jehovah your God has given you rest, and has given this land to you.

14.Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock, shall remain in the land which Moses gave to you on this side of the Jordan, but you, all the mighty men of war, shall pass over armed before your brethren and help them,

15.until Jehovah gives rest to your brethren as He has to you, and they also take possession of the land which Jehovah your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your inheritance and possess that which Moses, the servant of Jehovah, gave to you on the side of the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

16. And they answered Joshua, saying, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and to wherever you send us we will go.

17.As we obeyed Moses in all things so shall we obey you. Only, may Jehovah your God be with you just as He was with Moses.

18.Anyone who rebels against your command and will not obey your word in all that you command him shall be put to death. Only, be strong and courageous.”

Joshua 2

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¶1. Then Joshua ben-Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go! View the land, especially Jericho!” So, they went and entered the house of a harlot woman whose name was Rahab, and lodged there.

2. But it was told to the king of Jericho, saying, “Behold, men of the children of Israel came in here tonight to search out the land.”

3. And the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who came to you, who came to your house, for they have come to search out all the land.”

4. Then the woman took the two men and hid them, and she said, “True, the men came to me, but I didn’t know where they were from.

5.And it came to pass at dark when the gate was to be shut that the men went out. I don’t know where the men went. Pursue after them quickly. You should certainly overtake them.”

6. But she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them with the flax stalks she had laid out on the roof.

7. And the men pursued after them on the way to the Jordan, to the fords, and they shut the gate after the pursuers had gone out after them.

¶8. And before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,

9.and she said to the men, “I know that Jehovah has given you the land, and that terror of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are melting away before you.

10.For we have heard that Jehovah dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, to Sihon and to Og, whom you devoted.

11.And when we heard, our hearts melted, and no spirit remained in any man because of you, for Jehovah your God, He is God, in the heavens above and on the earth below.

12.And I pray you now, swear to me by Jehovah, since I have dealt faithfully with you, that you also shall deal faithfully with my father’s house and give me a sure sign,

13.that you will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brothers, and my sisters, and all that are theirs, and deliver our souls from death.”

14. And the men said to her, “Our life for yours unto death if you do not make this business of ours known. And it shall be, when Jehovah has given us the land, that we shall deal kindly and faithfully with you.”

15. Then, she let them down with a rope through the window, for her house was in the outer part of the wall, and she dwelt in the wall.

16. And she said to them, “Go to the mountain, lest the pursuers come upon you, and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers return. After that, you may go your way.”

17. And the men said to her, “We will be free from this oath of yours which you made us swear, unless,

18.behold, when we come into the land, you have tied this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down; and you must gather your father, and your mother, and your brethren, and all the house of your father, to you in the house.

19.And it shall be that whoever goes out from the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be innocent. And whoever is with you in the house, his blood will be upon our head if a hand comes upon him.

20.And if you tell this business of ours, we will also be free of your oath which you made us swear.”

21. And she said, “According to your words, so be it.” And she sent them away, and she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

¶22. And they went to the mountain and stayed there three days, until the pursuers returned. And the pursuers sought all along the way but did not find them.

23. Then the two men returned and descended from the mountain, and they crossed over and came to Joshua ben-Nun and told him all that had happened to them.

24. And they said to Joshua, “Jehovah has certainly delivered the whole land into our hand, for indeed, all the inhabitants of the land are melting away before us.”

Joshua 3

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¶1. And Joshua rose early in the morning, and they set out from Shittim, and he and all the children of Israel came to the Jordan. And they stayed there before they crossed over.

2. And it came to pass, at the end of three days, that the officers passed through the midst of the camp,

3.and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it,

4.(yet, there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure; you shall not come near to it), so that you will know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed by this way previously.”

5. And Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow Jehovah will do wonders in your midst.”

6. And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass on before the people.” And they took up the ark of the covenant and went on before the people.

7. And Jehovah said to Joshua, “This day will I begin to magnify you in the sight of all Israel so that they will know that just as I was with Moses, I am with you.

8.And you shall command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of Jordan, you shall stand still in Jordan.’”

9. And Joshua said to the children of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of Jehovah your God.”

10. And Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is in your midst, and that He will certainly dispossess before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

11.Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan.

12.And now, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from each tribe.

13.And it shall come to pass, when the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of Jehovah, Lord of all the earth, come to rest in the waters of Jordan, the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters coming down from above, and they will stand up in one heap.”

14. And it came to pass, when the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan, that the priests bore the ark of the covenant before the people.

15. And as those bearing the ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped into the brink of the water, (for the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout harvest time),

16.then the waters coming down from above stopped. They backed up in a heap for a great distance to the city of Adam, which is beside Zaretan. And those going down toward the sea of the plain, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. And the people crossed over opposite Jericho.

17. And the priests who were bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all Israel crossed over on dry ground until the whole nation had completely crossed the Jordan.

Joshua 4

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¶1. And it came to pass, when all the nation had finished crossing over the Jordan, that Jehovah spoke to Joshua, saying,

2.“Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from each tribe,

3.and command them, saying, ‘Take up each of you twelve stones from here, from the midst of the Jordan, from where the priest’s feet stood firm, and take them over with you, and place them in the khan where you shall lodge tonight.”

4. Then Joshua called for the twelve men whom he had prepared from the sons of Israel, one man from each tribe.

5. And Joshua said to them, “Go on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each of you lift up one stone onto his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel,

6.so that this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask in the future, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’,

7.then you will say to them that “The waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord when it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off, and these stones are for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.’

8. And the children of Israel did so, just as Joshua commanded, and they took up twelve stones from the midst of the Jordan, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, as Jehovah had said to Joshua, and they took them over with them to the khan, and they laid them down there.

9. And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan at the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood, and they are there to this day.

10. And the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything had been completed that Jehovah had commanded Joshua to tell the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua; and the people hurried and crossed over.

11. And it came to pass, when all the people had completely passed over, that the ark of the Lord and the priests passed over, in the presence of the people.

12. And the sons of Reuben and the sons of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh passed over armed before the children of Israel, just as Moses had spoken to them,

13.about forty thousand equipped for battle passed over before Jehovah for the battle, to the plains of Jericho.

14. On that day, Jehovah magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel, and they feared him, just as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.

¶15. And Jehovah spoke to Joshua, saying,

16.“Command the priests bearing the ark of the testimony that they come up out of the Jordan.”

17. So Joshua commanded the priests, saying, “Come up out of the Jordan.”

18. And it came to pass when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord had come up from the midst of the Jordan, the soles of the priest’s feet being lifted up onto dry ground, that the waters of the Jordan returned to their place, and went over all its banks, as before.

19. And the people came up from the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped at Gilgal, on the east side of Jericho.

20. And those twelve stones, which they had taken from the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal.

21. And he spoke to the children of Israel, saying, “When your children ask in the future, saying, ‘What are these stones?’,

22.then you shall instruct your children, saying, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry land.

23.For Jehovah your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you, until you had passed over, just as Jehovah your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us, until we had passed over,

24.in order that all peoples of the earth might know the hand of Jehovah, that it is mighty, and so that you fear Jehovah your God forever.’”

Joshua 5

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¶1. And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites who were on the westward side of the Jordan and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea heard that Jehovah had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the children of Israel while we crossed over, that their heart melted, and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the children of Israel.

2. At that time Jehovah said to Joshua, “Make flint knives, and circumcise the children of Israel again, a second time.”

3. So Joshua made flint knives, and he circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of foreskins.

4. And this is the reason that Joshua circumcised them: all the people who came out of Egypt, the males, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness along the way, after they came out from Egypt.

5. And all the people who came out were circumcised, but all the people who were born in the wilderness, along the way as they came out from Egypt, had not been circumcised.

6. For forty years the children of Israel had walked in the wilderness, until all the nation’s men of war who came out of Egypt had been consumed, because they did not obey the voice of Jehovah. For Jehovah swore to them that He would not show them the land that Jehovah had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

7. But their sons, whom He raised up in their stead, Joshua circumcised, for they were uncircumcised because they had not circumcised them along the way.

8. And at came to pass, when all the nation was finished being circumcised, that they remained in their places in the camp until they were recovered.

9. And Jehovah said to Joshua, “Today, I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you.” So, the name of that place has been called Gilgal to this day.

¶10. And the children of Israel encamped at Gilgal, and they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening, in the plains of Jericho.

11. And they ate of the land’s produce on the morrow after the Passover, on that very day, unleavened bread and crushed grain.

12. And the manna ceased on the morrow when they ate of the land’s produce, and there was no longer manna for the children of Israel. And they ate of the produce of Canaan’s land in that year.

¶13.And it came to pass, when Joshua was at Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, a man was standing in front of him, with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?”

14. But he said, “No, for I am the prince of Jehovah’s host. I have come now.” And Joshua fell down on his face to the ground and did obeisance. And he said to him, “What would my lord say to his servant?”

15. And the prince of Jehovah’s host said to Joshua, “Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.

Joshua 6

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¶1. Now Jericho was strictly shut up because of the children of Israel. There was no one going out, and no one coming in.

2. And Jehovah said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, and its king, and the mighty men of war.

3.Now, you shall go around the city, all the men of war, going around the city once. Thus shall you do six days.

4.And seven priests shall bear seven shofars of rams’ horns before the ark. But on the seventh day you shall go around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the shofars.

5.And it shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the shofar, that all the people will shout a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, each man going straight ahead.”

6. And Joshua ben-Nun called the priests, and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and seven priests shall bear seven shofars of rams’ horns before the ark of Jehovah.”

7. And he said to the people, “Go forward, and go around the city! And he who is armed shall pass on before the ark of Jehovah.”

8. And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven shofars of rams’ horns passed on before Jehovah, and they blew with the shofars. And the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed after them.

9. And the armed men went before the priests who blew the shofars, and those at the rear came after the ark, the priests blowing with the shofars as they went.

10. And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout, nor make a sound with your voice, neither shall a word come from your mouth, until the day that I tell you, “Shout!” Then, you shall shout.

11. So the ark of the Lord went around the city, going about it once, and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.

12. And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.

13. And seven priests bearing seven shofars of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord went on, going on and blowing with the shofars, and the armed men went before them, and those at the rear went after the ark of the Lord, the priests blowing with the shofars as they went.

14. So, on the second day they went around the city once, and they returned to the camp. They did so for six days.

15. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose up early at the break of dawn, and they went around the city in the same manner seven times; on that day only did they go around the city seven times.

16. And it came to pass at the seventh time that the priests blew with the shofars, and Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For Jehovah has given the city to you.

17.And the city, and all that is in it, shall be devoted to Jehovah. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she, and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.

18.Only, keep yourselves from what is devoted, lest you make yourselves devoted, and having taken a devoted thing you also make the camp of Israel devoted, and bring trouble to it.

19.But all the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, are holy to Jehovah. They shall go into Jehovah’s treasury.”

20. Then the people shouted, and the priests blew with the shofars. And it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the shofar, and the people shouted a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, and the people went up into the city, each man going straight ahead, and they took the city.

21. And they devoted everything that was in the city, both men and women, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

22. But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the land, “Go to the house of the woman, the harlot, and bring out from there the woman and all that is hers, just as you swore to her!”

23. And the young men who were the spies went, and they brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that was hers. They brought out all her relatives and put them outside of the camp of Israel.

24. And they burned up the city with fire, and all that was in it. Only, the silver and the gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of Jehovah’s house.

25. And Joshua saved alive Rahab the harlot, and her father, and all that she had. And she dwelt in the midst of Israel to this day because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

26. And Joshua charged them with an oath at that time, saying, “Cursed before Jehovah be the man who raises up and builds this city Jericho. He shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest will he set up its gates.”

27. And Jehovah was with Joshua, and his fame was throughout the land.

Joshua 7

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¶1. But the children of Israel committed a trespass concerning the devoted thing, for Achan ben-Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah took something devoted, and Jehovah’s anger was kindled against the children of Israel.

¶2. And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth-aven, on the east of Bethel. And he spoke to them, saying, “Go up, and spy out the land!” So, the men went up, and they spied out Ai.

3. And they returned to Joshua, and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up. Let about two thousand or three thousand men go up, and strike Ai. Do not weary all the people there, for they are few.”

4. So, about three thousand of the people went up there. And they fled before the men of Ai.

5. And the men of Ai struck down of them about thirty-six men. And they pursued them from before the gate as far as the Shebarim and struck them down in the descent. And the heart of the people melted and became as water.

6. And Joshua tore his garments and fell to the ground on his face before the ark of the Lord until evening.

7. And Joshua said, “Alas, my Lord Jehovah, why have you brought this people over the Jordan to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? If only we had been content, and remained on the other side of the Jordan!

8.Oh, my Lord, what shall I say when Israel has turned his back before his enemies?

9.For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear, and they shall surround us, and cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?”

10. But Jehovah said to Joshua, “Get yourself up! Why this, you falling on your face?

11.Israel has sinned, and moreover, they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them. And they have also taken from what was devoted, and have both stolen and deceived, and have also put it among their stuff.

12.And the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies. They turned their back before their enemies because they were devoted. I will not continue to be with you unless you destroy the devoted thing from your midst.

13.Get up! Sanctify the people! And say, “Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow, for thus says Jehovah, God of Israel, ‘A devoted thing is in your midst, O Israel. You will not be able to stand before your enemies until you remove the devoted thing from your midst.’

14.Therefore, in the morning you shall be brought near by your tribes, and it shall be that the tribe which Jehovah takes shall come near by families, and the family which Jehovah takes will come near by their houses. And the house which Jehovah takes shall come near man by man.

15.And it shall be that the man with the devoted thing who is taken, shall be burned up with fire, he, and all that is his, because he has transgressed Jehovah’s covenant, and because he has committed a disgrace in Israel.”

¶16. So, Joshua rose up early in the morning, and he brought Israel near by their tribes. And the tribe of Judah was taken.

17. Then he brought the family of Judah near, and the family of the Zarhites was taken.

18. And he brought his house near, man by man, and Achan ben-Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

19. And Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give, I pray you, glory to Jehovah, God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you did. Do not conceal it from me.”

20. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, “Truly, I have sinned against Jehovah, God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done.

21.For I saw among the spoil one goodly cloak from Shinar, and two hundred shekels of silver, and one wedge of gold, fifty shekels in weight, and I desired them, and took them, and behold, they are buried in the earth in the midst of my tent, with the silver beneath it.”

22. So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and behold, it was concealed in his tent, and the silver was beneath it.

23. And they took them from the midst of the tent, and brought them to Joshua, and to all the children of Israel, and laid them out before Jehovah.

24. And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan ben-Zerah, and the silver, and the cloak, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his ox, and his donkey, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that was his, and they brought them up to the valley of Achor[1].

25. And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? Jehovah will trouble you this day.” And all Israel stoned him with stones. And they burned them up with fire after they had stoned them with stones.

26. And they raised a great heap of stones over him that remains to this day. And Jehovah turned from His burning anger. Therefore, the name of that place was called, “Valley of Achor”, as it is to this day.

Joshua 8

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¶1. And Jehovah said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed. Take all the people of war with you and get up! Go up to Ai! Behold, I have delivered into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land.

2.And you shall do to Ai and its king just as you did to Jericho and its king. Only, its spoil and its livestock, you may take as plunder for yourselves. Lay yourself an ambush against the city behind it.”

3. So Joshua arose, with all the people of war, to go up to Ai. And Joshua chose thirty thousand men, mighty men of war. And he sent some of them away at night.

4. And he commanded them, saying, “Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind the city. Do not go very far from the city, and all of you be ready.

5.And I, and all the people who are with me, will approach the city. And it shall be that when they come out to meet us as before, we will flee before them.

6.And they will come out after us, until we have drawn them away from the city, for they will say, ‘They are fleeing before us as before.’ So we will flee before them.

7.Then you shall arise from the ambush, and take possession of the city, for Jehovah your God will deliver it into your hand.

8.And it shall be that when you have taken the city, you shall set the city on fire. You shall do according to Jehovah’s commandment. See, I have commanded you.”

9. So Joshua sent them away, and they went to the ambush, and stayed between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai, but Joshua spent the night among the people.

¶10. And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and he mustered the people, and he went up, with the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai.

11. And all the people of war who were with him went up, and they drew near and came before the city, and they camped to the north of Ai. And the valley was between him and Ai.

12. But he had taken five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city.

13. So they set the people in position, all the camp that was to the north of Ai, and those in wait to the west of the city. And that night, Joshua went into the midst of the valley.

14. And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that the men of the city, he and all his people, hurried, and rose up early, and went out to meet Israel for battle at the chosen place before the plain, but he did not know that there was an ambush set behind the city.

15. And Joshua and all Israel were defeated before them, and they fled by the way to the wilderness.

16. And all the people who were in the city were called to pursue after them, and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.

17. And not a man remained in Ai, and in Bethel, who did not go out after Israel, and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.

¶18. Then Jehovah said to Joshua, “Stretch out with the spear that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will deliver it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out with the spear that was in his hand toward the city.

19. And the ambush arose quickly from its place, and they ran when he stretched out his hand, and they entered the city. And they took it, and they hurried and set the city on fire.

20. And the men of Ai turned and looked behind them, and behold, the smoke of the city was going up to heaven. And there was nowhere for them to flee, this way or that, for the people who were fleeing to the wilderness had turned themselves back against the pursuers.

21. For Joshua and all Israel had seen that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city was going up. So, they turned back, and struck down the men of Ai.

22. And the others came out from the city against them, and they were in the midst of Israel, these on this side, and those on that side, and they struck them down until there was not one of them left who survived or escaped.

23. And they took the king of Ai alive, and they brought him to Joshua.

¶24. And it came to pass, when Israel finished killing all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness in which they pursued them, and they fell by the edge of the sword until all of them were gone, that all Israel returned to Ai, and struck it down with the edge of the sword.

25. And all those who fell that day, both men and women, were twelve thousand, all the people of Ai.

26. For Joshua did not withdraw his hand with which he stretched out the spear until all the inhabitants of Ai had been devoted.

27. Only, the livestock, and the spoil of that city, Israel took as plunder for themselves, according to the word of Jehovah which He had commanded Joshua.

28. And Joshua burned up Ai, and made it a desolate heap forever, as it is to this day.

29. And he hung the king of Ai on a tree until evening, and when the sun was going down, Joshua gave command, and they took his carcass down from the tree, and threw it down at the entrance gate of the city. And they raised a great heap of stones over it, as it is to this day.

¶30. Then Joshua built an altar to Jehovah, the God of Israel, on Mount Ebal,

31.(just as Moses, the servant of Jehovah, had commanded the children of Israel, as it was written in the book of the law of Moses), an altar of uncut stones upon which no iron tool had been wielded. And they offered burnt offerings to Jehovah on it, and sacrificed peace offerings.

32. And there he wrote on the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he had written in the presence of the children of Israel.

33. And all Israel, with the elders, and the officers, and their judges, stood on this side, and on that side of the ark before the priests, the Levites, the bearers of the ark of the covenant of the Lord, whether a stranger or native born, half of them toward Mount Gerazim, and half of them toward Mount Ebal, just as Moses, the servant of Jehovah, had commanded before, to bless the people of Israel.

34. And afterward, he read all the words of the law, the blessings, and the curses, according to all that was written in the book of the law.

35. There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua did not read before all the Assembly of Israel, even the women, and the little ones, and the stranger who was in their midst.

Joshua 9

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¶1. And it came to pass, when all the kings who were beyond the Jordan in the hill country, and in the Shephelah, and in all the coast of the Great Sea toward Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard,

2.that they gathered themselves together in one accord to fight with Joshua and with Israel.

3. But the inhabitants of Gibeon had heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai,

4. so they acted with cunning and went, pretending to be ambassadors. And they took old sacks on their donkeys, and old wineskins that had burst and been mended.

5. And they put old and patched sandals on their feet, and old garments on themselves; and all the bread of their provisions was dry and crumbly.

6. And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal, and they said to him and the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant land. Therefore, make a covenant with us now.”

7. But the men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you dwell in our midst. How then could we make a covenant with you?”

8. Then they said to Joshua, “We are your servants.” But Joshua said to them, “Who are you? And where did you come from?”

9. And they said to him, “Your servants came from a very distant land because of the name of Jehovah your God, for we have heard the report about Him, and of all that He did in Egypt,

10.and of all that He did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon, king of Heshbon, and to Og, king of Bashan, who was in Ashtaroth.

11.Then our elders spoke to us, and to all the inhabitants of our land, saying, ‘Take provisions with you for the journey, and go to meet them! And say to them, “We are your servants. Therefore, make a covenant with us now.”’

12.This is our bread. It was hot when we took it for our provision from our houses on the day we set out to go to you, but behold, now it is dry and crumbly.

13.And these wineskins which we filled were new, and behold, they burst, and these, our garments and our sandals, are worn out because of the very long journey.”

14. Then the men took some of their provisions, and they did not ask counsel of Jehovah.

15. And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them to let them live, and the princes of the congregation swore to them.

¶16. But it came to pass, at the end of three days after they made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were from closeby to them, and that they dwelt in their midst.

17. And the children of Israel journeyed and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath-jearim.

18. But the children of Israel did not strike them down because the princes of the congregation had sworn to them by Jehovah, God of Israel. And all the congregation were murmuring against the princes.

19. But all the princes said to the whole congregation, “We have sworn to them by Jehovah, God of Israel. Therefore, we cannot touch them now.

20.We will do to this to them, yet let them live, so there will be wrath upon us on account of the oath that we swore to them.”

21. And the princes said to them, “Let them live, but they shall be wood cutters and drawers of water for the whole congregation”, just as the princes had said to them.

¶22. And Joshua summoned them, and he spoke to them, saying, “Why did you deceive us, saying, ‘We are very far from you’, when you dwell in our midst?”

23. Therefore, you are now cursed, and none of you will cease from being a servant – wood cutters and drawers of water – for the house of my God.”

24. And they answered Joshua, and said, “Because it was certainly told to your servants that Jehovah your God commanded His servant Moses to give you all the land, and to exterminate all the inhabitants of the land before you. Therefore, we greatly feared for our lives because of you, and we did this thing.

25.So, behold, we are now in your hand. According to what is good and right in your sight to do, do to us.”

26. And he did so to them, and delivered them from the hand of the children of Israel, and they did not kill them.

27. And that day, Joshua made them wood cutters and drawers of water for the congregation, and for Jehovah’s altar, as it is to this day, in the place which He would choose.

Joshua 10

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¶1. And it came to pass, when Adonizedek, king of Jerusalem, heard that Joshua had taken Ai, and had destroyed it, that just as he had done to Jericho and its king he had done to Ai and its king, and that the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them,

2.that they were very afraid, for Gibeon was a great city, being one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty.

3. So, Adonizedek, king of Jerusalem, sent to Hoham, king of Hebron, and to Piram, king of Jarmuth, and to Japhia, king of Lachish, and to Debir, king of Eglon, saying.

4.“Come up to me and help me! And let us strike Gibeon, for it has made peace with Joshua, and with the children of Israel.”

5. And the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered and went up, they and all their armies, and they encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.

6. Then the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua, to the camp at Gilgal, saying, ‘Do not stay your hand from your servants. Come to us quickly, and deliver us, and support us! For all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the hill country have gathered together against us.”

7. And Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of the army.

¶8. And Jehovah said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for I have given them into your hand. Not one man of them shall stand before you.”

9. And Joshua came upon them suddenly, for he went up from Gilgal all night.

10. And Jehovah discomfited them before Israel, and they struck them down in a great slaughter at Gibeon, and he pursued them on the way that goes up to Beth-horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah, and to Makkedah.

11. And it came to pass, as they fled before Israel at the descent of Beth-horon, that Jehovah cast great stones from heaven down on them as far as Azekah, and many more died who died by the hail stones than the children of Israel killed by the sword.

12. And Joshua spoke to Jehovah in the day when Jehovah delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, “O sun, stand still at Gibeon, and you O moon, in the valley of Ajalon.”

13. And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the people had taken vengeance on their enemies. (Is this not written in the book of Jasher? The sun stood in the midst of the sky, and it did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.)

14. And there was no day like that before it, or since, when Jehovah gave heed to the voice of a man. For Jehovah was fighting for Israel.

¶15. And Joshua was returning, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal,

16.but these five kings had fled and hid themselves in the cave at Makkedah.

17. And it was told Joshua, saying, “The five kings have been found, hidden in the cave at Makkedah.”

18. And Joshua said, “Roll great stones against the mouth of the cave and set men by it to keep them.

19. But do not stay there yourselves. Pursue after your enemies and strike them at their rear. Do not let them enter into their cities, for Jehovah your God has delivered them up into your hand.”

¶20. And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had finished striking them down in a very great slaughter until they were destroyed, and their remnant who survived had entered the fortified cities,

21.that all the people returned to the camp, to Joshua at Makkedah, peacefully. Not a man threatened the children of Israel with his tongue.

22. Then Joshua said, “Open the mouth of the cave, and bring those five kings out to me from the cave.”

23. And they did so, and brought those five kings out to him from the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.

24. And it came to pass, when they brought those kings to Joshua, that Joshua summoned all the men of Israel, and said to the commanders of the men of war who had gone with him, “Come near! Put your feet on the necks of these kings!” And they came near and put their feet on their necks.

25. And Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid, and do not be dismayed. Be strong and courageous! For Jehovah shall do likewise to all your enemies whom you fight.

26. And after that, Joshua struck them down, and killed them, and hung them on five trees. And they hung on the trees until the evening.

27. And it came to pass, as the sun went down, that Joshua gave command, and they took them down off the trees, and threw them into the cave in which they had hidden themselves, and they put great stones over the mouth of the cave, as it is to this day.

¶28. And Joshua took Makkedah that day and struck it down with the edge of the sword. And he devoted its king and all the people who were in it. He left no survivor, and he did to the king of Makkedah just as he had done to the king of Jericho.

29. Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, passed on from Makkedah to Libnah, and they fought against Libnah.

30. And Jehovah also delivered it and its king into the hand of Israel. And he struck it down with the edge of the sword, and all the people who were in it. He left no survivor in it, and he did to its king just as he had done to the king of Jericho.

31. And Joshua, and all Israel with him, passed on from Libnah to Lachish, and he encamped against it, and fought against it.

32. And Jehovah delivered up Lachish into the hand of Israel, and they took it on the second day. And they struck it down with the edge of the sword, and all the people who were in it, according to all that he had done to Libnah.

¶33. Then Horam, king of Gezer, came up to help Lachish, and Joshua struck him down with his people until he left him no survivor.

34. And Joshua, and all Israel with him, passed on from Lachish to Eglon, and they encamped against it, and fought against it.

35. And they took it that day and struck it down with the edge of the sword. And that day, he devoted all the people who were in it, according to all that he had done to Lachish.

36. And Joshua went up, and all Israel with him, from Eglon to Hebron, and they fought against it.

37. And they took it, and struck it down with the edge of the sword, and its king, and all its towns, and all the people who were in it. He left no survivor, according to all that he had done to Eglon, but he devoted it and all the people who were in it.

38. Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, turned back to Debir, and he fought against it.

39. And he took it, and its king, and all its towns, and he struck them down with the edge of the sword and devoted all the people who were in it to destruction. He left no survivor. Just as he did to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to its king, and as he had done to Libnah, and to its king.

40. So Joshua struck down all the hill country, and the Negev, and the Shephelah, and the slopes, and all their kings. He left no survivor, but devoted all who breathed to destruction, just as Jehovah, God of Israel, had commanded.

41. And Joshua struck them down from Kadesh-barnea as far as Gaza, and all the land of Goshen, and as far as Gibeon.

42. And all these kings and their land Joshua took at one time, for Jehovah, God of Israel, fought for Israel.

43. And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.

Joshua 11

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¶1. And it came to pass, when Jabin, king of Hazor, heard of this, that he sent to Jobab, king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph,

2.and to the kings who were from the north, in the mountains, and in the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the Shephelah, and in the heights of Dor on the west,

3.and to the Canaanites on the east and on the west, and the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites in the hills, and to the Hivites below Hermon, in the land of Mizpah.

4. And they came forth, and all their armies with them, many people, like the sand which is on the seashore in number, with very many horse and chariotry.

5. And all these kings assembled together, and they went and encamped at the waters of Merom, to fight with Israel.

¶6. And Jehovah said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow, at this time, I will deliver up all of them slain before Israel. You shall hamstring their horses, and burn up their chariots with fire.”

7. So Joshua, and all the people of war with him, went out against them suddenly at the waters of Merom, and fell upon them.

8. And Jehovah delivered them up into the hand of Israel, and they struck them down and pursued them as far as great Sidon, and as far as Misrephoth-maim, and as far as the valley of Mizpeh to the east. And they struck them down until he had left them no survivor.

9. And Joshua did to them just as Jehovah had said to him. He hamstringed their horses and burned up their chariots with fire.

10. Then Joshua turned back at that time, and he took Hazor, and struck down its king with the sword, for Hazor was formerly the chief of all these kingdoms.

11. And they struck down all the people who were in it with the edge of the sword, devoting them. He left not one who breathed, and he burned up Hazor with fire.

12. And all the cities of these kings, and all their kings, Joshua took, and he struck them down with the edge of the sword, devoting them to destruction, just as Moses, the servant of Jehovah, had commanded.

13. Only, of all the cities that still stood on their mounds, Israel burned up none of them except Hazor. It only did Joshua burn up.

14. But all the spoil of these cities, and the livestock, the children of Israel took as plunder for themselves. Only, they struck down every person with the edge of the sword until they were exterminated. They left none of all who breathed.

15. Just as Jehovah commanded Moses his servant, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did. He left off nothing of all that Jehovah had commanded Moses.

¶16. So, Joshua seized all this land, the hill country, and all the Negev, and all the land of Goshen, and the Shephelah, and the Arabah, even the hill country of Israel and its lowlands,

17.from Mount Halak going up to Seir, as far as Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. And all their kings he took, and struck them down, and put them to death.

18. A long time did Joshua wage war with all these kings.

19. There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel except the Hivites who dwelt in Gibeon. They took them all in battle.

20. For it was Jehovah’s doing to harden their heart to confront Israel in battle, so that they would be devoted, there being no mercy for them, but that they would be exterminated, just as Jehovah commanded Moses.

¶21. And at that time, Joshua went out, and he struck down the Anakim 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 devoted them with their cities.

22. None of the Anakim were left in the land of the children of Israel. Only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, did they remain.

23. So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that Jehovah had spoken to Moses. And Joshua gave it to Israel for an inheritance, according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land had rest from war.

Joshua 12

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¶1. Now these are the kings of the land whom the children of Israel struck down and took possession of their land on the side of the Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the Arnon River as far as Hermon, and all the Arabah on the east side.

2. Sihon, king of the Amorites, who dwelt at Heshbon. He ruled from Aroer, on the bank of the Arnon River, even from the midst of the river, and half of Gilead, even to the Jabbok River, the border of Ammon,

3.and the Arabah to the east side of the Chinneroth Sea, and to the sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, on the east side, by the way to Beth-jeshimoth, and from the south below the slopes of Pisgah,

4.and the territory of Og, king of Bashan, of the remnant of the Rephaim, who dwelt in Ashtaroth and in Edrei.

5. And he ruled over Mount Hermon, and in Salcah, and in all Bashan, as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and the half of Gilead which was the border of Sihon, king of Bashan.

6. Moses, the servant of Jehovah, and the children of Israel, struck them down, and Moses, the servant of Jehovah, gave it as a possession to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh.

¶7. And these are the kings of the land whom Joshua, and the children of Israel, struck down on the westward side of the Jordan, from Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon, and as far as Mount Halak that goes up toward Seir, and Joshua gave it to the tribes of Israel as a possession according to their divisions.

8. In the hill country, and in the Shephelah, and in the Arabah, and in the slopes, and in the wilderness, and in the Negev, were the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites:

9.the king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai, which is beside Bethel, one;

10.the king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one;

11.the king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one;

12.the king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one;

13.the king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one;

14.the king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one;

15.the king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one;

16.the king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one;

17.the king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one;

18.the king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one;

19.the king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one;

20.the king of Shimron-meron, one; the king of Achshaph, one;

21.the king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one;

22.the king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam, one;

23.the king of Dor in the heights of Dor, one; the king of the nations of Gilgal, one;

24.and the king of Tirzah, one; in all, there were thirty-one kings.

Joshua 13

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¶1. Now Joshua was old, advanced in days, and Jehovah said to him, “You are old, and advanced in days, and very much of the land remains to be possessed.

2.This is the land which remains: all the regions of the Philistines, and all those of the Geshurites,

3.from Sihor, which is before Egypt, as far as the border of Ekron northward, that is considered to be Canaanite: five Philistine lords of the Gazaites, and the Ashdodites, and the Ashkelonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites, as well as the Avites.

4.In the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah, which belongs to the Sidonians, as far as Aphek, to the border of the Amorites.

5.And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward sunrise, from Baal-gad below Mount Hermon to the entrance of Hamath.

6.All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephoth-maim, all the Sidonians, will I dispossess before the children of Israel. Only, you shall assign it by lot to the Israel as an inheritance, just as I have commanded you!

7.So, divide this land now as an inheritance for the nine tribes, and half of the tribe of Manasseh.

8.with whom the Reubenites and the Gadites received their inheritance which Moses gave them on the eastern side of the Jordant, according as Moses, the servant of Jehovah, gave them

9.from Aroer, which is on the bank of the Arnon River, even the city which is in the midst of the valley, and all the tableland from Medeba as far as Dibon,

10.and all the cities of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, to the border of the children of Ammon,

11.and Gilead, and the border of the Geshurites and Maachathites, and all Mount Hermon, and all Bashan as far as Salchah,

12.all the kingdom of Og in Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Edrei (he alone remained of the Rephaim). For Moses struck them down and dispossessed them.”

13. But the children of Israel did not dispossess the Geshurites or the Maachathites, but Geshur and Maachath dwell in the midst of Israel to this day.

14. Only, to the tribe of Levi he did not give an inheritance. The sacrifices made by fire to Jehovah, the God of Israel are his inheritance, just as He said to him.

¶15. And Moses distributed to the tribe of the children of Reuben by their families.

16. And their territory was from Aroer, which is on the bank of the Arnon River, even the city which is in the midst of the valley, and all the tableland to Dibon;

17.Heshbon and all its cities which were in the tableland, Dibon, and Bamoth-baal, and Beth-baal-meon,

18.and Jahazah, and Kedemoth, and Mephaath,

19.and Kirjathaim, and Sibmah, and Zereth-shahar, in the mountain valley,

20.and Beth-peor, and the slopes of Pisgah, and Beth-jeshimoth;

21.even all the cities of the tableland, and all the kingdom of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses struck down (and all the princes of Midian, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, princes of Sihon who dwelt in the land,

22.and Balaam ben-Beor, who practiced divination, the children of Israel killed with the sword among their slain).

23. And the border of the children of Reuben was the Jordan, and this territory was the inheritance of the children of Reuben by their families, the cities and their villages.

¶24. And Moses distributed to the tribe of Gad, to the children of Gad, by their families.

25. And their territory was Jazer, and all the cities of Gilead, and half the land of the children of Ammon as far as Aroer which is before Rabbah;

26.and from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpeh, and from Mahanaim to the territory of Debir;

27.and in the valley, Beth-haram, and Beth-nimrah, and Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingom of Sihon, king of Heshbon; the Jordan, and its territory to the edge of the Chinnereth Sea, on the eastern side of Jordan.

28. This is the inheritance of the children of Gad by their families, the cities, and their villages.

¶29. And Moses distributed to the half tribe of Manasseh, and it was for the half tribe of the children of Manasseh by their families.

30. And their territory was from Mahanaim, all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og, king of Bashan, and all Havvoth-jair, which is in Bashan, sixty cities;

31.and half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth, and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, for the children of Machir ben-Manasseh, even for half of the children of Machir by their families.

¶32. These are they whom Moses caused to inherit at the plains of Moab, on the eastward side of the Jordan, at Jericho.

33. But to the tribe of Levi, Moses gave no inheritance; Jehovah, the God of Israel, He is their inheritance, just as He spoke to them.

Joshua 14

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¶1. And these are the territories that the children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua ben-Nun, and the chiefs of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel distributed to them as an inheritance.

2. By lot was their inheritance divided, just as Jehovah had commanded by the hand of Moses, to the nine tribes and the half tribe of Manasseh.

3. For Moses had given the inheritance of the two tribes and the half tribe on the other side of the Jordan, but to the Levites he gave no inheritance in their midst.

4. For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, but they gave no portion to the Levites in the land except cities to dwell in with their open fields for their livestock and their property.

5. Just as Jehovah had commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did, and they divided the land.

¶6. And the children of Judah approached Joshua at Gilgal, and Caleb ben-Jephunneh, the Kenizite, said to him, “You know the thing that Jehovah said to Moses, the man of God, at Kadesh-barnea concerning me and concerning you.

7.Forty years old was I when Moses, the servant of Jehovah, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to spy out the land, and I brought him back word just as was in my heart.

8.And my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I followed Jehovah my God fully.

9.And Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘As God lives, the land which your foot trod upon shall be an inheritance for you and for your children forever because you have followed Jehovah my God fully.’

10.And behold, Jehovah has kept me alive till now, just as He said it, forty-five years since Jehovah spoke this thing to Moses while Israel walked in the wilderness. And behold, I am today now eighty-five years old.

11.Yet I am just as strong this day as I was on the day Moses sent me. As my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for battle, and for going out and for coming in.

12.Therefore, give me now this mountain of which Jehovah spoke on that day. For you heard on that day that the Anakim were there, and great fortified cities. If Jehovah is with me then I will dispossess them, just as Jehovah said.”

13. And Joshua blessed him, and he gave Hebron to Caleb ben-Jephunneh for an inheritance.

14. Therefore, Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb ben-Jephunneh, the Kenizite, to this day because he fully followed Jehovah, the God of Israel.

15. And the name of Hebron before was Kirjath-Arba. This Arba was the greatest man among the Anakim. And the land had rest from war.

Joshua 15

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¶1. And the lot for the tribe of the children of Judah, by their families, was to the border of Edom, the wilderness of Zin southward was the southern border.

2. And their south border was from the end of the Salt Sea, from the tip that faces southward.

3. And it went out from the south to the Ascent of Akrabbim {Num 34:4, check spelling in Jdg 1:36), and passed through Zin, and went up from the south to Kadesh-barnea, and passed to Hezron, and went up to Adar, and went round to Karkaa.

4. Then it passed on toward Azmon and went out to the Brook of Egypt and the goings out of the border were toward the sea. This is your southern border.

5. And the east border was the Salt Sea to the end of the Jordan. And the border to the northern side began from the inlet to the sea at the end of the Jordan.

6. And the border went up to Beth-hoglah and passed on north to Beth-arabah. And the border went up to the stone of Bohan ben-Reuben.

7. And the border went up to Debir from the valley of Achor, then northward, turning toward Gilgal, which is opposite the Ascent of Adummim, which is on the south of the wadi. Then the border passed on to the waters of Enshemesh, and its goings out was towards Enrogel.

8. And the border went up the valley of the son of Hinnom to the side of the Jebusite from the south (that is, Jerusalem), and the border went on up to the top of the mountain that is at the top of the valley of the son of Hinnom, westward, which at the end of the valley of Rephaim, northward.

9. And the border was drawn from the top of the mountain to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of Mount Ephron, and then the border was drawn toward Baalah, which is Kirjath-jearim.

10. And the border went around from Baalah westward to Mount Seir, and passed on towards the side of Mount Jearim, on the north, which is Chesalon, and went down to Beth-Shemesh, and passed on to Timnah.

11. And the border went out to the side of Ekron northward, and then the border was drawn to Shikkeron and passed on to Mount Baalah, and went out to Jabneel, and the goings out of the border was toward the sea.

12. And the western border was the Great Sea and its coast. This was the border around the children of Judah by to their families.

¶13. And to Caleb ben-Jephunneh he gave a portion in the midst of the children of Judah according to the word of Jehovah to Joshua: the city of Arba, the father of Anak (which is Hebron).

14. And Caleb took possession from the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, children of Anak.

15. And from there, he went up against the inhabitants of Debir. (The former name of Debir was Kirjath-Sepher.)

16. And Caleb said, “Whoever strikes Kirjath-Sepher and takes it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter as a wife.”

17. And Othniel, the son of Caleb’s younger brother, Kenaz, took it. So, he gave him Achsah his daughter for a wife.

18. And it came to pass that when she came, she urged him to ask her father for a field. And she came down from her donkey, and Caleb said to her, “What do you want?”

19. And she said, “Give me a blessing, for you gave me land in the Negev. Give me springs of water, too.” And he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.

20. This is the inheritance of the tribe of Judah by to their families.

¶21. And the cities of the children of Judah were: toward the border with Edom southward, Kabzeel, and Eder, and Jagur,

22.and Kinah, and Dimonah, and Adadah,

23.and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Ithnan,

24.Ziph, and Telem, and Bealoth,

25.and Hazor-Hadattah, and Kirjath, Hezron (which is Hazor),

26.Amam, and Shema, and Moladah,

27.and Hazor-Gadah, and Heshmon, and Bethpalet,

28.and Hazor-Shual, and Beersheba, and Bizjothjah,

29.Baalah, and Iyim, and Ezem,

30.and Eltolad, and Chesil, and Hormah,

31.and Ziklag, and Madmannah, and Sansannah,

32.and Lebaoth, and Shilhim, and Ain, and Rimmon; all the cities are twenty-nine with their villages.

¶33. In the Shephelah: Eshtaol, and Zoreah, and Ashnah,

34.and Zanoah, and Engannim, Tappuah, and the Enam,[2]

35.Yarmuth, and Adullam, Soch, and Azekah,

36.and Shaarim, and Adithaim, and Gederah, and Gederothaim (fourteen cities with their villages),

37.Zenan, and Hadashar, and Migdalgad,

38.and Dilean, and the Mizpeh, and Joktheel,

39.Lachish, and Bozkath, and Eglon,

40.and Cabbon, and Lahmas, and Kithlish,

41.and Gederoth, Beth-Dagon, and Naamah, and Makkedah (sixteen cities with their villages),

42.Libnah, and Ether, and Ashan,

43.and Jiphtah, and Ashnah, and Nezib,

44.and Keilah, and Achzib, and Mareshah (nine cities with their villages),

45.Ekron, with its towns and its villages;

¶46. From Ekron toward the sea: all that was near Ashdod, with its villages,

47.Ashdod and its towns and its villages, Gaza and its towns and its villages as far as the Brook of Egypt, and the Great Sea, and its coastline;

¶48. And in the hill-country: Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh,

49.and Dannah, and Kirjath-Sannah (which is Debir),

50.and Anab, and Eshtemoh, and Anim,

51.and Goshen, and Holon, and Giloh (eleven cities with their villages),

52.Arab, and Dumah, and Eshean,

53.and Janum, and Beth-Tappuah, and Aphekah,

54.ad Humtah, and Kirjatharba (which is Hebron), and Zior (nine cities with their villages),

55.Maon, Carmel, and Ziph, and Juttah,

56.and Jezreel, and Jokdeam, and Zanoah,

57.Cain, Gibeah, and Timnah (ten cities with their villages),

58.Halhul, Bethzur, and Gedor,

59.and Maarath, and Bethanoth, and Eltekon (six cities with their villages),

60.Kirjathbaal (which is Kirjathjearim), and Rabbah (two cities and their villages);

¶61. And in the wilderness: Betharabah, Middin, and Secacah,

62.and Nibshan, and the City of Salt, and Engedi (six cities with their villages).

¶63. And as for the Jebusites, inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah were not able to dispossess them, but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

Joshua 16

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¶1. And the lot for the children of Joseph went out from the Jordan at Jericho to the waters of Jericho on the east to the wilderness going up from Jericho through Mount Bethel.

2. And it went out from Bethel to Luz and passed on to the border of the Archites to Ataroth.

3. Then it went down westward to the border of the Japhletites, as far as the border of lower Bethhoron, then as far as Gezer, and its goings out were toward the sea.

4. And the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance.

5. And this was the border of the children of Ephraim, by their families. The border of their inheritance eastward was from Atarothaddar as far as upper Bethhoron,

6.and the border went out westward to Michmethah on the north, and the border went about eastward to Taanathshiloh, and it passed by it on the east to Janoah .

7. And it went down from Janoah to Ataroth, then to Naarath, and came to Jericho, and it went out to the Jordan.

8. The border went from Tappuah westward to the brook Kanah, and its goings out were toward the sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim by their families.

9. And the cities separated for the children of Ephraim were in the midst of the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages.

10. And they did not dispossess the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer, but the Canaanites dwell among Ephraim to this day, and they serve as forced labor.

Joshua 17

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¶1. There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh, (for he was the first-born of Joseph). For Machir, first-born of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, because he was a man of war, he had Gilead and Bashan.

2. And for the rest of the children of Manasseh the lot was given by their families, for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida. These were the male children of Manasseh ben-Joseph by their families.

3. But Zelophehad ben-Hepher, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons but daughters only. And these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milchah, and Tirzah.

4. And they came near before Eleazar the priest and Joshua ben-Nun, and before the princes, saying, “Jehovah commanded Moses to give us an inheritance in the midst of our kinsmen.” So, he gave them an inheritance in the midst of their father’s brethren according to the word of Jehovah.

5. And ten portions fell to Manasseh, besides those in the land Gilead and Bashan which were on the other side of the Jordan.

6. For the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance in the midst of his sons, and the rest of the Manasseh’s sons had the land of Gilead.

¶7. And the border of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethah, which faces Shechem, and the border went on to the south to the inhabitants of Entappuah.

8. The region of Tappuah was for Manasseh, but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim.

9. And the border went down to the brook Kanah. These cities, to the south of the brook in the midst of the cities of Manasseh, belonged to Ephraim. And the border of Manasseh was on the north side of the brook and its goings out were toward the sea.

10. Southward it was Ephraim’s, and northward it was Manasseh’s, and the sea was its border, and they came together at Asher to the north, and at Issachar in the east.

11. And in Issachar and in Asher Manasseh had Bethshean and its towns, and Jibleam and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Endor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns, three regions.

12. But the children of Manasseh were not able to take possession of these cities, and the Canaanites were determined to dwell in that land.

13. Yet it came to pass that when the children of Israel were strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not dispossess them.

¶14. And the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, “Why did you give us one lot and one portion as an inheritance, for we are great people whom Jehovah has blessed up until now?”

15. And Joshua said to them, “If you are a great people, get you up to the forest and clear yourself a place there in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim if Mount Ephraim be too confines for you!”

16. And the children of Joseph said, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who dwell in the lowland, both those of Bethshean and its towns, and the valley of Jezreel, have chariots of iron.”

17. Then Joshua spoke to the children of Joseph, to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, “You are a great people and have great strength. You shall not have one lot for yourself,

18.but the hill country shall be yours though it be a forest for you shall clear it, and its outgoings shall be yours, for you shall dispossess the Canaanites even though they have chariots of iron, and they are strong.”

Joshua 18

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¶1. And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled themselves at Shiloh, and they set up the tent of meeting there. And the land was subdued before them.

2. But there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes whose inheritance had not been divided.

3. And Joshua said to the children of Israel, “How long will you be slack before you go to take possession of the land which Jehovah, God of your fathers, has given to you?

4.Provide for yourselves three men from each tribe and I will send them, and they shall rise and walk about in the land and make record of it according to their inheritance, and then they shall come to me.

5.And they shall divide it into seven portions; Judah shall stay in their territory to the south, and the house of Joseph shall stay in their territory to the north.

6.And you shall make the record of the land in seven portions and bring it to me here, and I will cast the lot for you here before Jehovah our God.

7.But there is no portion for the Levites among you because the priesthood of Jehovah is his inheritance, and Gad, and Reuben, and the half tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance on the other side of the Jordan, eastward, which Moses, the servant of Jehovah, gave them.”

8. And the men arose and left, and Joshua commanded those who went to make a record of the land, saying, “Go and walk about in the land and make a record of it, and return to me, and here I will cast the lot for you before Jehovah at Shiloh.”

9. And the men left and passed through the land, and they made a record of it by cities, in seven portions, in a book, and they came to Joshua to the camp at Shiloh.

10. And Joshua cast the lot for them at Shiloh before Jehovah. And there Joshua divided the land to the children of Israel according to their divisions.

¶11. And the lot for the tribe of the children of Benjamin by their families came up, and the border of their lot went out between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.

12. And their border on the north side started from the Jordan, and the border went up by the side of Jericho on the north, and on up westward to the hill country, and its goings out were at the wilderness of Bethaven.

13. And the border passed on from there toward Luz to the south side of Luz, (which is Bethel,) and the border went down to Atarothaddar, by the hill that is on the south of lower Bethhoron.

14. And the border was drawn and turned about to the side of the sea southward, from the mountain that is before Bethhoron to the south, and its goings out were at Kirjath-Baal, which is Kirjathjearim, a city of the children of Judah. This was the western side.

15. And the south side was from the end of Kirjathjearim, and the border went out westward, and it went out to the spring of the waters of Nephtoah.

16. And the border went down to the end of the mountain that is before the valley of the son of Hinnom which is in the valley of the Rephaim northward, and it went down to the valley of Hinnom, to the side of the Jebusites on the south, and went down to Enrogel.

17. And it was drawn from the north, and went out to Enshemesh, and went out to Geliloth, which lies opposite the Ascent of Adummim, and went down to the stone of Bohan ben-Reuben.

18. And it passed on toward the side in front of the Arabah to the north, and it went down to the Arabah.

19. And the border passed on to the northern side of Beth-hoglah, and its outgoings of the border were at the northern inlet of the Salt Sea, at the southern end of the Jordan. This was the southern border.

20. And the Jordan was its border on the eastern side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin by their families, according to its boundaries round about.

¶21. And the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin by their families were Jericho, and Beth-hoglah, and Emekkeziz,

22.and Betharabah, and Zemaraim, and Bethel,

23.and Avim, and Parah, and Ophrah,

24.and Chepharhaammonah, and Gaba, twelve cities with their villages.

25. Gibeon, and Ramah, and Beeroth,

26.and Mizpeh, and Chephirah, and Mozah,

27.and Rekem, and Irpeel, and Taralah,

28.and Zelahaaleph, and Jebusi (which is Jerusalem), Gibeath, Kirjath, fourteen cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin by their families.

Joshua 19

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13. And I know for certain that Jehovah will no more drive out these Gentiles before you, but they will be for a trap and a snare for you, even a thorn[3] in your sides and a prick in your eyes.

14. Now, behold, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know with all your heart and with all your soul that not one thing has failed of all the good things that Jehovah your God has said concerning you. They all have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.

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15. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve Jehovah, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve, whether it be the gods that your fathers served who were beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell in. But as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.

¶16. And the people answered and said, “Far be it from us that we should forsake Jehovah to serve other gods,

17.for Jehovah our God, He brought us up, we and our fathers, out of the land of Egypt, from a house of slavery, and who before our eyes did those great signs, and preserved us in all the way that we went, even among all the nations through the midst of whom we passed,

18.and Jehovah drove out before us all the nations, even the Amorites who dwelt in the land. Therefore, we also will serve Jehovah, for He is our God!”

¶19. But Joshua said to the people, “You cannot serve Jehovah, for He is a holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions and your sins.

20.If you forsake Jehovah and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you evil and consume you, after having done you good.”

21. And the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve Jehovah!”

22. And Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen for yourselves Jehovah, to serve Him.” And they said, “We are witnesses!”

23. “Then, put away now the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to Jehovah, the God of Israel.”

24. And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve Jehovah our God, and His voice will we obey!”

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Footnotes

[1] “Achor” means “trouble”.

[2] That is, “The two springs.”

[3] Literally, a whip.

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