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 Joshua 9:1 - 27
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   Book of Joshua
   Chapter 9
9:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things - those in the hill country, in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Great Sea F26 as far as Lebanon (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites) -
 
9:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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they came together to make war against Joshua and Israel.
 
9:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,
 
9:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded F27 with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended.
 
9:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The men put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy.
 
9:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, "We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us."
 
9:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The men of Israel said to the Hivites, "But perhaps you live near us. How then can we make a treaty with you?"
 
9:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"We are your servants," they said to Joshua. But Joshua asked, "Who are you and where do you come from?"
 
9:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They answered: "Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the LORD your God. For we have heard reports of him: all that he did in Egypt,
 
9:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan - Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.
 
9:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, 'Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, "We are your servants; make a treaty with us."'
 
9:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is.
 
9:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey."
 
9:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD.
 
9:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.
 
9:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.
 
9:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim.
 
9:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel. The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders,
 
9:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
but all the leaders answered, "We have given them our oath by the LORD, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now.
 
9:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath we swore to them."
 
9:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They continued, "Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers for the entire community." So the leaders' promise to them was kept.
 
9:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, "Why did you deceive us by saying, 'We live a long way from you,' while actually you live near us?
 
9:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
You are now under a curse: You will never cease to serve as woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God."
 
9:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They answered Joshua, "Your servants were clearly told how the LORD your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you the whole land and to wipe out all its inhabitants from before you. So we feared for our lives because of you, and that is why we did this.
 
9:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
We are now in your hands. Do to us whatever seems good and right to you."
 
9:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them.
 
9:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the community and for the altar of the LORD at the place the LORD would choose. And that is what they are to this day.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F26 That is, the Mediterranean
F27 Most Hebrew manuscripts; some Hebrew manuscripts, Vulgate and Syriac (see also Septuagint) They prepared provisions and loaded their donkeys

 
 

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