Guile of the Gibeonites
1 Now it came° about when aall° the kings° who° were beyond° the Jordan°, in the hill° country° and in the lowland° and on all° the bcoast° of the Great° Sea° toward°° Lebanon°, cthe Hittite° and the Amorite°, the Canaanite°, the Perizzite°, the Hivite° and the Jebusite°, heard° of it, 2 that they gathered° themselves together° with Iaone° accord° to fight° with Joshua° and with Israel°.
3 ¶ When the inhabitants° of aGibeon° heard° what° Joshua° had done° to Jericho° and to Ai°, 4 they also° acted° craftily° and Iset° out as envoys°, and took° worn-out° sacks° on their donkeys°, and wineskins° worn-out° and torn° and IImended°, 5 and worn-out° and patched° sandals° on their feet°, and worn-out° clothes° on themselves; and all° the bread° of their provision° was dry° [and] had become° crumbled°. 6 They went° to Joshua° to the acamp° at Gilgal° and said° to him and to the men° of Israel°, “We have come° from a far° country°; now° therefore, make° a covenant° with us.” 7 The men° of Israel° said° to the aHivites°, “Perhaps° you are living° Iwithin° our land°; bhow° then shall we make° a covenant° with you?” 8 But they said° to Joshua°, “aWe are your servants°.” Then Joshua° said° to them, “Who° are you and where° do you come° from?” 9 They said° to him, “Your servants° have come° from aa very° far° country° because of the Ifame° of the LORD° your God°; for bwe have heard° the report° of Him and all° that He did° in Egypt°, 10 and 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 at Ashtaroth°. 11 So our elders° and all° the inhabitants° of our country° spoke° to us, saying°, ‘Take° provisions° in your hand° for the journey°, and go° to meet° them and say° to them, “aWe are your servants°; now° then, make° a covenant° with us.”’ 12 This° our bread° [was] warm° [when] we took° it for our provisions° out of our houses° on the day° that we left° to come° to you; but now° behold°, it is dry° and has become° crumbled°. 13 These° wineskins° which° we filled° were new°, and behold°, they are torn°; and these° our clothes° and our sandals° are worn° out because° of the very° long° journey°.” 14 So the men° [of Israel] took° some° of their provisions°, and adid not ask° for the Icounsel° of the LORD°. 15 aJoshua° made° peace° with them and made° a covenant° with them, to let them live°; and the leaders° of the congregation° swore° [an oath] to them.
 aJsh 9:17, 22; 10:2; 21:17
 ILit went and traveled as envoys IILit tied up
 aJsh 5:10
 ILit among us aJsh 9:1; 11:19 bEx 23:32; Dt 7:2
 aDt 20:11; 2K 10:5
 IOr name aJsh 9:16, 17 bJsh 2:9; 9:24
 aJsh 9:8
 ILit mouth aNu 27:21
 aEx 23:32
16 ¶ It came° about at the end° of three° days° after° they had made° a covenant° with them, that they heard° that they were neighbors° and that they were living° Iwithin° their land°. 17 Then the sons° of Israel° set° out and came° to their cities° on the third° day°. Now their cities° [were] aGibeon° and Chephirah° and Beeroth° and Kiriath-jearim°. 18 The sons° of Israel° did not strike° them because° the leaders° of the congregation° had sworn° to them by the LORD° the God° of Israel°. And the whole° congregation° grumbled° against° the leaders°. 19 But all° the leaders° said° to the whole° congregation°, “We have sworn° to them by the LORD°, the God° of Israel°, and now° we cannot°° touch° them. 20 This° we will do° to them, even let them live°, so° that wrath° will not be upon us for the oath° which° we swore° to them.” 21 The leaders° said° to them, “Let them live°.” So they became° ahewers° of wood° and drawers° of water° for the whole° congregation°, just° as the leaders° had spoken° to them.
22 ¶ Then Joshua° called° for them and spoke° to them, saying°, “Why° have you deceived° us, saying°, ‘We are very° far° from you,’ awhen you are living° Iwithin° our land°? 23 Now° therefore, you are acursed°, and Iyou shall never° cease° being slaves°, both hewers° of wood° and drawers° of water° for the house° of my God°.” 24 So they answered° Joshua° and said°, “aBecause° it was certainly° told° your servants° 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; therefore we feared° greatly° for our lives° because°° of you, and have done° this° thing°. 25 Now° behold°, awe are in your hands°; do° as it seems good° and right° in your sight° to do° to us.” 26 Thus° he did° to them, and delivered° them from the hands° of the sons° of Israel°, and they did not kill° them. 27 But Joshua° made° them that day° hewers° of wood° and drawers° of water° for the congregation° and for the altar° of the LORD°, to this° day°, ain the place° which° He would choose°.
 ILit among us aJsh 9:16
 ILit a servant shall not be cut off from you aGn 9:25
 aJsh 9:9
 aGn 16:6
 aDt 12:5
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The kings combine against Israel.
1 ¶ And it came to pass,² when all² the kingsº which² [were] on this sideº Jordan,º in the hills,º and in the valleys,º and in all² the coastsº of the greatº seaº over² againstº Lebanon,º the Hittite,º and the Amorite,º the Canaanite,º the Perizzite,º the Hivite,º and the Jebusite,º heardºª [thereof]; 2 That they gathered¹ª themselves² together,º to fightºª with² Joshuaº and with² Israel,º with oneº accord.º
 Gn 15:18; Ex 3:17; 23:23, 31; 34:11; Nu 34:6; Dt 3:25; 4:49; 7:1; Jsh 1:4, 15; 3:17; 5:1; 10:2, 23, 28; 11:1, 10, 17; 12:7; 13:5; 15:12; 22:4, 7; 23:4; 24:11.
 2Ch 20:1; Ps 2:1; 83:2; Pv 11:21; Is 8:9, 12; 54:15; Jol 3:9; Ac 4:26; Rv 16:14; 20:8.
The Gibeonites by craft obtain a league.
3 ¶ And when the inhabitantsºª of Gibeonº heardºª² what² Joshuaº had doneºª unto Jerichoº and to Ai,º 4 They² did workºª wilily,º and went¹ª² and made as if they had been ambassadors,ºª and tookºª oldº sacksº upon their asses,º and wineº bottles,º old,º and rent,ºª and bound up;ºª 5 And oldº shoesº and cloutedºª upon their feet,º and oldº garmentsº upon² them; and all² the breadº of their provisionº was dryºª [and] mouldy.º 6 And they went¹ª² to² Joshuaº unto² the campº at Gilgal,º and saidºª unto² him, and to² the menº of Israel,º We be comeºª from a far¹ country:º²² now² therefore makeºª ye a leagueº with us. 7 And the menº of Israelº saidºª unto² the Hivites,º Peradventureº ye² dwellºª amongº us; and how² shall we makeºª a leagueº with you? 8 And they saidºª unto² Joshua,º We² [are] thy servants.º And Joshuaº saidºª unto² them, Who² [are] ye?² and from whenceº² comeºª ye? 9 And they saidºª unto² him, From a very¹ far¹ countryº²²² thy servantsº are comeºª because of the nameº of the LORDº thy God:º for² we have heardºª the fameº of him, and all² that² he didºª in Egypt,º 10 And all² that² he didºª to the twoº kingsº of the Amorites,º that² [were] beyondº Jordan,º to Sihonº kingº of Heshbon,º and to Ogº kingº of Bashan,º which² [was] at Ashtaroth.º 11 Wherefore our eldersº and all² the inhabitantsºª of our countryº spakeºª to² us, saying,ºª Takeºª victualsº with youº for the journey,º and go¹ª² to meetºª them, and sayºª unto² them, We² [are] your servants:º therefore now² makeºª ye a leagueº with us. 12 This² our breadº we took hotº [for] our provisionºª out of our housesº² on the dayº we came forthºª to go¹ª² unto² you; but now,² behold,² it is dry,ºª and it is² mouldy:º 13 And these² bottlesº of wine,º which² we filled,ºª [were] new;º and, behold,² they be rent:ºª and these² our garmentsº and our shoesº are become oldºª by reason of the veryº longº² journey.º 14 And the men¹² tookºª of their victuals,º² and askedºª not² [counsel] at the mouthº of the LORD.º 15 And Joshuaº madeºª peaceº with them, and made¹ª² a leagueº with them, to let them live:ºª and the princesº of the congregationº swareºª unto them.
 Jsh 6:1; 8:1; 9:17; 10:2; 2S 21:1.
 Gn 34:13; 1K 20:31; Ps 119:83; Mt 9:17; 10:16; Mk 2:22; Lk 5:37; 16:8.
 Dt 29:5; 33:25; Jsh 9:13; Lk 15:22.
 Dt 20:11; 29:12; Jsh 5:10; 9:9; 10:43; 1K 8:41; 2K 20:14.
 Gn 10:17; 34:2; Ex 3:8; 23:31; 34:12; Nu 33:52; Dt 7:2; 20:16; Jsh 11:19; Jg 2:2.
 Gn 9:25; Dt 20:11; Jsh 9:11, 23, 25, 27; 1K 9:20; 2K 10:5.
 Ex 9:16; 15:14; Nu 14:15; Dt 20:15; Jsh 2:9; 9:24; 1K 8:41; 2Ch 6:32; Ne 9:5; Ps 72:19; 83:18; 148:13; Is 55:5; 66:19; Ac 8:7.
 Nu 21:24; Dt 1:4; 2:30; 3:1; Jsh 12:4; 1Ch 6:71.
 Gn 43:12; Jsh 1:11; 9:8; Es 8:17; Mt 10:9; Lk 9:3.
 Jsh 9:4.
 Ex 28:30; Nu 27:21; Jg 1:1; 20:18, 28; 1S 14:18; 22:10; 23:9; 30:7; 2S 2:1; 5:19; 1Ch 10:13; Ezr 8:21; Pv 3:5; Is 30:1; Jm 1:5.
 Dt 20:10; Jsh 2:12; 6:22; 11:19; 2S 21:2; Jr 18:7.
16 ¶ And it came to pass² at the endº² of threeº daysº afterº² they had madeºª a leagueº with them, that they heardºª that² they² [were] their² neighbours,º and [that] they² dweltºª amongº them. 17 And the childrenº of Israelº journeyed,ºª and cameºª unto² their citiesº on the thirdº day.º Now their citiesº [were] Gibeon,º and Chephirah,º and Beeroth,º and Kirjathjearim.º 18 And the childrenº of Israelº smoteºª them not,² because² the princesº of the congregationº had swornºª unto them by the LORDº Godº of Israel.º And all² the congregationº murmuredºª against² the princes.º 19 But all² the princesº saidºª unto² all² the congregation,º We² have swornºª unto them by the LORDº Godº of Israel:º now² therefore we mayºª not² touchºª them. 20 This² we will doºª to them; we will even let them live,ºª² lest² wrathº be² upon² us, because of² the oathº which² we swareºª unto them. 21 And the princesº saidºª unto² them, Let them live;ºª but let them be² hewersºª of woodº and drawersºª of waterº unto all² the congregation;º as² the princesº had promisedºª them.
 Pv 12:19.
 Jsh 10:2; 15:9, 60; 18:14, 25; 1S 7:1; 1Ch 13:5; 21:29; 2Ch 1:3, 4; Ezr 2:25; Ne 7:29.
 2S 21:7; Ps 15:4; Ec 5:2, 6; 9:2.
 Jsh 9:20; Ec 8:2; 9:2; Jr 4:2.
 2S 21:1; 2Ch 36:13; Pv 20:25; Ezk 17:12; Zc 5:3; Mal 3:5; Ro 1:31; 1Ti 1:10.
 Dt 29:11; Jsh 9:15, 23, 27; 2Ch 2:17.
For which they are condemned to perpetual bondage.
22 ¶ And Joshuaº calledºª for them, and he spakeºª unto² them, saying,ºª Wherefore² have ye beguiledºª us, saying,ºª We² [are] veryº farº from² you; when ye² dwellºª amongº us? 23 Now² therefore ye² [are] cursed,ºª and there shall none² of² you be freedºª from being bondmen,º and hewersºª of woodº and drawersºª of waterº for the houseº of my God.º 24 And they answeredºª² Joshua,º and said,ºª Because² it was certainly¹ª toldºª thy servants,º² how that² the LORDº thy Godº commandedºª his servantº² Mosesº to giveºª you all² the land,º and to destroyºª² all² the inhabitantsºª of the landº from beforeº² you, therefore we were soreº afraidºª of our livesº because¹ of²² you, and have doneºª² this² thing.º 25 And now,² behold,² we¹ [are] in thine hand:º as it seemeth¹ goodº and rightº unto thee² to doºª unto us, do.ºª 26 And so² didºª he unto them, and deliveredºª them out of the handº² of the childrenº of Israel,º that they slewºª them not.² 27 And Joshuaº madeºª them that² dayº hewersºª of woodº and drawersºª of waterº for the congregation,º and for the altarº of the LORD,º even unto² this² day,º in² the placeº which² he should choose.ºª
 Gn 3:13; 27:35, 41; 29:25; Jsh 9:6, 9, 16; 2Co 11:3.
 Gn 9:25; Lv 27:28; Jsh 9:21, 27.
 Ex 15:14; 23:31; Nu 33:51, 55; Dt 7:1, 23; 20:15; Jb 2:4; Mt 10:28.
 Gn 16:6; Jg 8:15; 10:15; 1S 3:18; 2S 24:14; Is 47:6; Jr 26:14; 38:5; Mt 11:26.
 Dt 12:5; 16:2, 6, 16; Jsh 9:21, 23; 18:1; 1Ch 9:2; 2Ch 6:6; Ezr 2:43; 8:20; Ne 7:60; 11:3; Ps 78:68; 132:13; Is 14:32.
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