Joshua 9-11 New Revised Standard Version

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The Deceit of the Gibeonites

9 1  Now when all the kings who were beyond the Jordan in the hill country and in the lowland all along the coast of the Great Sea toward Lebanon-the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites-heard of this, 2  they gathered together with one accord to fight Joshua and Israel.

3  But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, 4  they on their part acted with cunning: they went and prepared provisions, and took worn-out sacks for their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended, 5  with worn-out, patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes; and all their provisions were dry and moldy. 6  They went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal, and said to him and to the Israelites, "We have come from a far country; so now make a treaty with us." 7  But the Israelites said to the Hivites, "Perhaps you live among us; then how can we make a treaty with you?" 8  They said to Joshua, "We are your servants." And Joshua said to them, "Who are you? And where do you come from?" 9  They said to him, "Your servants have come from a very far country, because of the name of the Lord your God; for we have heard a report of him, 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, King Sihon of Heshbon, and King Og of Bashan who lived in Ashtaroth. 11  So our elders and all the inhabitants of our country said to us, "Take provisions in your hand for the journey; go to meet them, and say to them, "We are your servants; come now, make a treaty with us." ' 12  Here is our bread; it was still warm when we took it from our houses as our food for the journey, on the day we set out to come to you, but now, see, it is dry and moldy; 13  these wineskins were new when we filled them, and see, they are burst; and these garments and sandals of ours are worn out from the very long journey." 14  So the leaders partook of their provisions, and did not ask direction from the Lord.

15  And Joshua made peace with them, guaranteeing their lives by a treaty; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them. 16  But when three days had passed after they had made a treaty with them, they heard that they were their neighbors and were living among them. 17  So the Israelites set out and reached their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath-jearim. 18  But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the congregation had sworn to them by the Lord, the God of Israel. Then all the congregation murmured against the leaders. 19  But all the leaders said to all the congregation, "We have sworn to them by the Lord, the God of Israel, and now we must not touch them. 20  This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that wrath may not come upon us, because of the oath that we swore to them." 21  The leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for all the congregation, as the leaders had decided concerning them.

22  Joshua summoned them, and said to them, "Why did you deceive us, saying, "We are very far from you,' while in fact you are living among us? 23  Now therefore you are cursed, and some of you shall always be slaves, hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God." 24  They answered Joshua, "Because it was told to your servants for a certainty that the Lord your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land before you; so we were in great fear for our lives because of you, and did this thing. 25  And now we are in your hand: do as it seems good and right in your sight to do to us." 26  This is what he did for them: he saved them from the Israelites; and they did not kill them. 27  But on that day Joshua made them hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the Lord, to continue to this day, in the place that he should choose.

The Defeat of the Amorites

10 1  When King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them, 2  he became greatly frightened, because Gibeon was a large city, like one of the royal cities, and was larger than Ai, and all its men were warriors. 3  So King Adoni-zedek of Jerusalem sent a message to King Hoham of Hebron, to King Piram of Jarmuth, to King Japhia of Lachish, and to King Debir of Eglon, saying, 4  "Come up and help me, and let us attack Gibeon; for it has made peace with Joshua and with the Israelites." 5  Then the five kings of the Amorites-the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon-gathered their forces, and went up with all their armies and camped against Gibeon, and made war against it. 6  And the Gibeonites sent to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, saying, "Do not abandon your servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us; for all the kings of the Amorites who live in the hill country are gathered against us."

7  So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the fighting force with him, all the mighty warriors. 8  The Lord said to Joshua, "Do not fear them, for I have handed them over to you; not one of them shall stand before you." 9  So Joshua came upon them suddenly, having marched up all night from Gilgal. 10  And the Lord threw them into a panic before Israel, who inflicted a great slaughter on them at Gibeon, chased them by the way of the ascent of Beth-horon, and struck them down as far as Azekah and Makkedah. 11  As they fled before Israel, while they were going down the slope of Beth-horon, the Lord threw down huge stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died; there were more who died because of the hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword. 12  On the day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the Lord; and he said in the sight of Israel, "Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and Moon, in the valley of Aijalon." 13  And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stopped in midheaven, and did not hurry to set for about a whole day. 14  There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord heeded a human voice; for the Lord fought for Israel.

15  Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal. 16  Meanwhile, these five kings fled and hid themselves in the cave at Makkedah. 17  And it was told Joshua, "The five kings have been found, hidden in the cave at Makkedah." 18  Joshua said, "Roll large stones against the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to guard them; 19  but do not stay there yourselves; pursue your enemies, and attack them from the rear. Do not let them enter their towns, for the Lord your God has given them into your hand." 20  When Joshua and the Israelites had finished inflicting a very great slaughter on them, until they were wiped out, and when the survivors had entered into the fortified towns, 21  all the people returned safe to Joshua in the camp at Makkedah; no one dared to speak against any of the Israelites. 22  Then Joshua said, "Open the mouth of the cave, and bring those five kings out to me from the cave." 23  They did so, and brought the 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  When they brought the kings out to Joshua, Joshua summoned all the Israelites, and said to the chiefs of the warriors who had gone with him, "Come near, put your feet on the necks of these kings." Then they came near and put their feet on their necks. 25  And Joshua said to them, "Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and courageous; for thus the Lord will do to all the enemies against whom you fight." 26  Afterward Joshua struck them down and put them to death, and he hung them on five trees. And they hung on the trees until evening. 27  At sunset Joshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves; they set large stones against the mouth of the cave, which remain to this very day.

28  Joshua took Makkedah on that day, and struck it and its king with the edge of the sword; he utterly destroyed every person in it; he left no one remaining. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Jericho. 29  Then Joshua passed on from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, to Libnah, and fought against Libnah. 30  The Lord gave it also and its king into the hand of Israel; and he struck it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it; he left no one remaining in it; and he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho. 31  Next Joshua passed on from Libnah, and all Israel with him, to Lachish, and laid siege to it, and assaulted it. 32  The Lord gave Lachish into the hand of Israel, and he took it on the second day, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it, as he had done to Libnah. 33  Then King Horam of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua struck him and his people, leaving him no survivors. 34  From Lachish Joshua passed on with all Israel to Eglon; and they laid siege to it, and assaulted it; 35  and they took it that day, and struck it with the edge of the sword; and every person in it he utterly destroyed that day, as he had done to Lachish. 36  Then Joshua went up with all Israel from Eglon to Hebron; they assaulted it, 37  and took it, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and its king and its towns, and every person in it; he left no one remaining, just as he had done to Eglon, and utterly destroyed it with every person in it. 38  Then Joshua, with all Israel, turned back to Debir and assaulted it, 39  and he took it with its king and all its towns; they struck them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed every person in it; he left no one remaining; just as he had done to Hebron, and, as he had done to Libnah and its king, so he did to Debir and its king. 40  So Joshua defeated the whole land, the hill country and the Negeb and the lowland and the slopes, and all their kings; he left no one remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded. 41  And Joshua defeated them from Kadesh-barnea to Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, as far as Gibeon. 42  Joshua took all these kings and their land at one time, because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel. 43  Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.

The Defeat of Jabin's Alliance

11 1  When King Jabin of Hazor heard of this, he sent to King Jobab of Madon, to the king of Shimron, to the king of Achshaph, 2  and to the kings who were in the northern hill country, and in the Arabah south of Chinneroth, and in the lowland, and in Naphoth-dor on the west, 3  to the Canaanites in the east and the west, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, and the Jebusites in the hill country, and the Hivites under Hermon in the land of Mizpah. 4  They came out, with all their troops, a great army, in number like the sand on the seashore, with very many horses and chariots. 5  All these kings joined their forces, and came and camped together at the waters of Merom, to fight with Israel. 6  And the Lord said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid of them, for tomorrow at this time I will hand over all of them, slain, to Israel; you shall hamstring their horses, and burn their chariots with fire." 7  So Joshua came suddenly upon them with all his fighting force, by the waters of Merom, and fell upon them. 8  And the Lord handed them over to Israel, who attacked them and chased them as far as Great Sidon and Misrephoth-maim, and eastward as far as the valley of Mizpeh. They struck them down, until they had left no one remaining. 9  And Joshua did to them as the Lord commanded him; he hamstrung their horses, and burned their chariots with fire.

10  Joshua turned back at that time, and took Hazor, and struck its king down with the sword. Before that time Hazor was the head of all those kingdoms. 11  And they put to the sword all who were in it, utterly destroying them; there was no one left who breathed, and he burned Hazor with fire. 12  And all the towns of those kings, and all their kings, Joshua took, and struck them with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them, as Moses the servant of the Lord had commanded. 13  But Israel burned none of the towns that stood on mounds except Hazor, which Joshua did burn. 14  All the spoil of these towns, and the livestock, the Israelites took for their booty; but all the people they struck down with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, and they did not leave any who breathed.

15  As the Lord had commanded his servant Moses, so Moses commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses.

Joshua Takes the Whole Land

16  So Joshua took all that land: the hill country and all the Negeb and all the land of Goshen and the lowland and the Arabah and the hill country of Israel and its lowland, 17  from Mount Halak, which rises toward Seir, as far as Baal-gad in the valley of Lebanon below Mount Hermon. He took all their kings, struck them down, and put them to death. 18  Joshua made war a long time with all those kings. 19  There was not a town that made peace with the Israelites, except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon; all were taken in battle. 20  For it was the Lord's doing to harden their hearts so that they would come against Israel in battle, in order that they might be utterly destroyed, and might receive no mercy, but be exterminated, just as the Lord had commanded Moses. 21  At that time Joshua came and wiped out 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 utterly destroyed them with their towns. 22  None of the Anakim was left in the land of the Israelites; some remained only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod. 23  So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord had spoken to Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their tribal allotments. And the land had rest from war.

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