NASB — Joshua 7 — KJV

Israel Is Defeated at Ai

1 aBut the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the LORD burned against the sons of Israel.

[1] aJsh 6:17-19

2 ¶ Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near aBeth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them, “IGo up and spy out the land.” So the men went up and spied out Ai. 3 They returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not let all the people go up; [only] about two or three thousand men need go up Ito Ai; do not make all the people toil up there, for they are few.” 4 So about three thousand men from the people went up there, but athey fled Ifrom the men of Ai. 5 The men of Ai struck down about thirty-six of their men, and pursued them Ifrom the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them down on the descent, so the ahearts of the people melted and became as water.

[2] ILit saying, Go aJsh 18:12; 1S 13:5; 14:23
[3] ILit and smite
[4] ILit before aLv 26:17; Dt 28:25
[5] IOr before aLv 26:36; Jsh 2:11; Ezk 21:7; Na 2:10

6 ¶ Then Joshua atore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, [both] he and the elders of Israel; and bthey put dust on their heads. 7 Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord IGOD, why did You ever bring this people over the Jordan, [only] to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? If only we had been willing IIto dwell beyond the Jordan! 8 O Lord, what can I say since Israel has turned [their] Iback before their enemies? 9 aFor the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name?”

[6] aJb 2:12 bJb 42:6; Lm 2:10; Rv 18:19
[7] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD IILit and had dwelt
[8] ILit neck
[9] aEx 32:12; Dt 9:28

10 ¶ So the LORD said to Joshua, “Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? 11 Israel has sinned, and athey have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put [them] among their own things. 12 Therefore the asons of Israel cannot stand before their enemies; they turn [their] Ibacks before their enemies, for they have become accursed. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy the things under the ban from your midst. 13 Rise up! aConsecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, for thus the LORD, the God of Israel, has said, “bThere are things under the ban in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you have removed the things under the ban from your midst.” 14 In the morning then you shall come near by your tribes. And it shall be that the tribe which athe LORD takes [by lot] shall come near by families, and the family which the LORD takes shall come near by households, and the household which the LORD takes shall come near man by man. 15 aIt shall be that the one who is taken with the things under the ban shall be burned with fire, he and all that belongs to him, because he has transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he bhas committed a disgraceful thing in Israel.’”

[11] aJsh 6:18, 19
[12] ILit necks aNu 14:39, 45; Jg 2:14
[13] aJsh 3:5 bJsh 6:18
[14] aPv 16:33
[15] a1S 14:38f bGn 34:7; Jg 20:6

The Sin of Achan

16 ¶ So Joshua arose early in the morning and brought Israel near by Itribes, and the tribe of Judah was taken. 17 He brought the family of Judah near, and he took the family of the Zerahites; and he brought the family of the Zerahites near man by man, and Zabdi was taken. 18 He brought his household near man by man; and aAchan, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, was taken. 19 Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, agive glory to the LORD, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.” 20 So Achan answered Joshua and said, “Truly, I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel, and Ithis is what I did: 21 when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I acoveted them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.”

[16] ILit its tribes
[18] aNu 32:23; Ac 5:1-10
[19] a1S 6:5; 2Ch 30:22; Jr 13:16; Jn 9:24
[20] ILit thus and thus I did
[21] aEp 5:5; 1Ti 6:10

22 ¶ So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was concealed in his tent with the silver underneath it. 23 They took them from inside the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the sons of Israel, and they poured them out before the LORD. 24 Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his Ioxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to athe valley of IIAchor. 25 Joshua said, “Why have you atroubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day.” And all Israel stoned Ithem with stones; and they burned them with fire IIafter they had stoned them with stones. 26 They raised over him a great heap of stones that stands to this day, and the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called athe valley of IAchor to this day.

[24] IOr cattle III.e. trouble aJsh 15:7
[25] ILit him IILit and they stoned aJsh 6:18
[26] II.e. trouble aIs 65:10; Ho 2:15


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The Israelites are smitten at Ai.

1 ¶ But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel. 2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which [is] beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. 3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; [and] make not all the people to labour thither; for they [are but] few. 4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them [from] before the gate [even] unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

[1] Jsh 6:17; 7:20; 22:16, 18, 20; 2S 24:1; 1Ch 2:6; 21:7; 2Ch 24:18; Ezr 9:6; Ec 9:18; Dn 9:7; Jna 1:7; 1Co 5:1; He 12:15.
[2] Gn 12:8; 28:19; Jsh 2:1; 12:9; 18:12; Ne 11:31; Pv 20:18; 24:6; Ho 4:15; Mt 10:16; Ep 5:15.
[3] Pv 13:4; 21:25; Lk 13:24; He 4:11; 6:11; 2P 1:5, 10.
[4] Lv 26:17; Dt 28:25; 32:30; Is 30:17; 59:2.
[5] Lv 26:36; Dt 1:44; Jsh 2:9, 11; 5:1; Ps 22:14; Is 13:7.

Joshua's complaint.

6 ¶ And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. 7 And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! 8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies! 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear [of it], and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?

[6] Gn 37:29, 34; Nu 14:6; 16:22, 45; Jg 20:23, 26; 21:2; 1S 4:12; 2S 1:12; 12:16; 13:19, 31; Ezr 9:3; Ne 9:1; Es 4:1; Jb 1:20; 2:12; Ezk 27:30; Jna 3:6; Mi 1:10; Ac 14:14.
[7] Ex 5:22; 14:11; 16:3; 17:3; Nu 14:3; 20:4; Jsh 1:2; 2K 3:10; Ps 116:11; Jr 12:1; Mt 17:17, 20; Mk 8:17; He 12:5.
[8] Ezr 9:10; Hab 2:1; Ro 3:5.
[9] Ex 32:12; Nu 14:13; Dt 32:26; Ps 83:4; 106:6; 124:2; Ezk 20:9; 36:22; Jol 2:17; Jn 12:28.

God instructeth him what to do.

10 ¶ And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? 11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put [it] even among their own stuff. 12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, [but] turned [their] backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you. 13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, [There is] an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you. 14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, [that] the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families [thereof]; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man. 15 And it shall be, [that] he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.

[10] Ex 14:15; Jsh 7:6; 1S 15:22; 16:1; 1Ch 22:16.
[11] Lv 5:15; Dt 17:2; Jsh 6:17; 7:1, 20, 21; 23:16; Jg 2:20; 2K 5:25; 18:12; Is 24:5; 50:1; Jr 31:32; Ho 6:7; Hab 2:6; Zc 5:4; Mal 3:8; Mt 22:21; Jn 12:5; Ac 5:1, 9; He 4:13.
[12] Nu 14:45; Dt 7:26; Jsh 6:18; 22:18; Jg 2:4; Ps 5:4; Pv 28:1; Is 59:2; Jr 6:8; 23:33; Ho 9:12; Hab 1:13; Hg 2:13.
[13] Ex 19:10; Jsh 3:5; 7:11; 2Ch 28:10; Lm 3:40; Jol 2:16; Zp 2:1; Mt 7:5; 1Co 5:1, 11.
[14] Jsh 7:17; 1S 10:19; 14:38; Pv 16:33; Jna 1:7; Ac 1:24.
[15] Gn 34:7; Dt 13:15; Jsh 7:11, 25; Jg 20:6; 1S 14:38; 26:21; 2S 13:13.

Achan is taken by the lot.

16 ¶ So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: 17 And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: 18 And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

[16] Gn 22:3; Jsh 3:1; 7:14; Ps 119:60; Ec 9:10.
[17] Gn 38:30; Nu 26:20; 1Ch 2:4.
[18] Nu 32:23; 1S 14:42; Pv 13:21; Jr 2:26; Ac 5:1.

His confession.

19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide [it] not from me. 20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they [are] hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

[19] Nu 5:6; 1S 6:5; 14:43; 2Ch 30:22; 33:12; Ezr 10:10; Ps 32:5; 51:3; Pv 28:13; Is 13:12; Jr 3:12; 13:16; Dn 9:4; Jna 1:8; Lk 17:18; Jn 9:24; Ro 10:10; 2Ti 2:25; Tit 2:2; Jm 1:20; 1P 3:8; 1Jn 1:8; Rv 16:9.
[20] Gn 42:21; Ex 10:16; Nu 22:34; 1S 15:24, 30; Jb 7:20; 33:27; Ps 38:18; Mt 27:4.
[21] Gn 3:6; 6:2; 10:10; Ex 20:17; Dt 7:25; 2S 11:2, 6; 1K 21:1; 2K 5:20, 24; Jb 31:1; Ps 119:37; Pv 4:23; 23:31; 28:22; Is 28:15; 29:15; Mi 2:1; Hab 2:9; Mt 5:28; Lk 12:2, 15; Ro 7:7; Ep 5:3; Col 3:5; 1Ti 6:9; He 13:5; Jm 1:15; 2P 2:15; 1Jn 2:15.

He and all he had are destroyed in the valley of Achor.

22 ¶ So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, [it was] hid in his tent, and the silver under it. 23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. 24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.

[23] Jsh 7:23.
[24] Gn 18:25; Ex 20:5; Nu 16:27; Jsh 6:18, 21; 7:1, 26; 15:7; Jb 20:15, 23; Pv 15:27; Ec 5:13; Is 65:10; Ezk 22:13; Ho 2:15; 1Ti 6:9.
[25] Gn 34:30; 38:24; Lv 20:2, 14; 21:9; 24:14; Dt 13:10; 17:5; 21:21; 22:21; Jsh 6:18; 7:11, 15; 1K 18:17; 1Ch 2:7; Hab 2:6; Ga 5:12; 2Th 1:6; He 12:15.
[26] Dt 13:17; Jsh 7:24, 25; 8:29; 10:27; 2S 18:17; 21:14; Is 40:2; 65:10; Lm 3:53; Ho 2:15; Jol 2:13, 18; Zc 6:8; Jn 3:9.


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