NASB — Joshua 9 — KJV

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.

[1] aNu 13:29; Jsh 3:10 bNu 34:6 cEx 3:17; 23:23
[2] ILit one mouth aPs 83:3, 5

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.

[3] aJsh 9:17, 22; 10:2; 21:17
[4] ILit went and traveled as envoys IILit tied up
[6] aJsh 5:10
[7] ILit among us aJsh 9:1; 11:19 bEx 23:32; Dt 7:2
[8] aDt 20:11; 2K 10:5
[9] IOr name aJsh 9:16, 17 bJsh 2:9; 9:24
[11] aJsh 9:8
[14] ILit mouth aNu 27:21
[15] 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.

[16] ILit among them
[17] aJsh 18:25
[21] aDt 29:11

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.

[22] ILit among us aJsh 9:16
[23] ILit a servant shall not be cut off from you aGn 9:25
[24] aJsh 9:9
[25] aGn 16:6
[27] aDt 12:5


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The kings combine against Israel.

1 ¶ And it came to pass, when all the kings which [were] on this side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard [thereof]; 2 That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.

[1] 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.
[2] 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 inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, 4 They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; 5 And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry [and] mouldy. 6 And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us. 7 And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you? 8 And they said unto Joshua, We [are] thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who [are] ye? and from whence come ye? 9 And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, 10 And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that [were] beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which [was] at Ashtaroth. 11 Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We [are] your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us. 12 This our bread we took hot [for] our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: 13 And these bottles of wine, which we filled, [were] new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey. 14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not [counsel] at the mouth of the LORD. 15 And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.

[3] Jsh 6:1; 8:1; 9:17; 10:2; 2S 21:1.
[4] Gn 34:13; 1K 20:31; Ps 119:83; Mt 9:17; 10:16; Mk 2:22; Lk 5:37; 16:8.
[5] Dt 29:5; 33:25; Jsh 9:13; Lk 15:22.
[6] Dt 20:11; 29:12; Jsh 5:10; 9:9; 10:43; 1K 8:41; 2K 20:14.
[7] 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.
[8] Gn 9:25; Dt 20:11; Jsh 9:11, 23, 25, 27; 1K 9:20; 2K 10:5.
[9] 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.
[10] Nu 21:24; Dt 1:4; 2:30; 3:1; Jsh 12:4; 1Ch 6:71.
[11] Gn 43:12; Jsh 1:11; 9:8; Es 8:17; Mt 10:9; Lk 9:3.
[12] Jsh 9:4.
[14] 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.
[15] Dt 20:10; Jsh 2:12; 6:22; 11:19; 2S 21:2; Jr 18:7.

16 ¶ And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they [were] their neighbours, and [that] they dwelt among them. 17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities [were] Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjathjearim. 18 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes. 19 But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them. 20 This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them. 21 And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.

[16] Pv 12:19.
[17] 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.
[18] 2S 21:7; Ps 15:4; Ec 5:2, 6; 9:2.
[19] Jsh 9:20; Ec 8:2; 9:2; Jr 4:2.
[20] 2S 21:1; 2Ch 36:13; Pv 20:25; Ezk 17:12; Zc 5:3; Mal 3:5; Ro 1:31; 1Ti 1:10.
[21] Dt 29:11; Jsh 9:15, 23, 27; 2Ch 2:17.

For which they are condemned to perpetual bondage.

22 ¶ And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, We [are] very far from you; when ye dwell among us? 23 Now therefore ye [are] cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God. 24 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told thy servants, how that the LORD thy God commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this thing. 25 And now, behold, we [are] in thine hand: as it seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do. 26 And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not. 27 And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.

[22] Gn 3:13; 27:35, 41; 29:25; Jsh 9:6, 9, 16; 2Co 11:3.
[23] Gn 9:25; Lv 27:28; Jsh 9:21, 27.
[24] Ex 15:14; 23:31; Nu 33:51, 55; Dt 7:1, 23; 20:15; Jb 2:4; Mt 10:28.
[25] 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.
[27] 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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