Book of Joshua
Based on the Authorised Version (King James) with the words "God" and "LORD"
restored to their original words.
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of YHWH it came to
pass, that YHWH spoke unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you,
and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the
children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread
upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
4 From the
wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates,
all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of
the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand
before you all the days of your life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with
you: I will not fail you, nor forsake you.
6 Be strong and of a good
courage: for unto this people shall you divide for an inheritance the land,
which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be you strong and
very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law,
which Moses my servant commanded you: turn not from it to the right hand or
to the left, that you may prosper whithersoever you go.
8 This book
of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein
day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written
therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have
9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage;
be not afraid, neither be you dismayed: for YHWH your Elohim is with you
whithersoever you go.
10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the
11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying,
Prepare you victuals; for within three days you shall pass over this Jordan, to
go in to possess the land, which YHWH your Elohim gives you to possess it.
12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of
Manasseh, spoke Joshua, saying,
13 Remember the word which Moses the servant
of YHWH commanded you, saying, YHWH your Elohim has given you rest, and
has given you this land.
14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle,
shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but you
shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help
15 Until YHWH have given your brethren rest, as he has given you,
and they also have possessed the land which YHWH your Elohim gives them:
then you shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which
Moses YHWH'S servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.
16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that you command us we will do,
and whithersoever you send us, we will go.
17 According as we hearkened
unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto you: only YHWH your Elohim
be with you, as he was with Moses.
18 Whosoever he be that does rebel
against your commandment, and will not hearken unto your words in all that you
command him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good
1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy
secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into
an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
2 And it was told the king
of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children
of Israel to search out the country.
3 And the king of Jericho sent unto
Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to you, which are entered
into your house: for they be come to search out all the country.
4 And the
woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me,
but I wist not whence they were:
5 And it came to pass about the time of
shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: where the men
went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for you shall overtake them.
she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks
of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof.
7 And the men pursued
after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued
after them were gone out, they shut the gate.
8 And before they were laid
down, she came up unto them upon the roof;
9 And she said unto the men, I
know that YHWH has given you the land, and that your terror is fallen
upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
10 For we have heard how YHWH dried up the water of the Red sea for you,
when you came out of Egypt; and what you did unto the two kings of the Amorites,
that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.
11 And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither
did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for YHWH
your Elohim, he is Elohim in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
12 Now therefore,
I pray you, swear unto me by YHWH, since I have showed you kindness, that
you will also show kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token:
13 And that you will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren,
and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.
14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if you utter not this our
business. And it shall be, when YHWH has given us the land, that we will
deal kindly and truly with you.
15 Then she let them down by a cord through
the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
16 And she said unto them, Get you to the mountain, lest the pursuers meet
you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers be returned: and
afterward may you go your way.
17 And the men said unto her, We will be
blameless of this your oath which you have made us swear.
18 Behold, when
we come into the land, you shall bind this line of scarlet thread in the
window which you did let us down by: and you shall bring your father, and
your mother, and your brethren, and all your father's household, home unto you.
19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of your house
into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be guiltless:
and whosoever shall be with you in the house, his blood shall be on our head,
if any hand be upon him.
20 And if you utter this our business, then we
will be quit of your oath which you have made us to swear.
21 And she
said, According unto your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they
departed: and she bound the scarlet line in the window.
22 And they went,
and came unto the mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers
were returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but found
23 So the two men returned, and descended from the mountain, and
passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all things that
24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly YHWH has delivered
into our hands all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do
faint because of us.
1 And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they
removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel,
and lodged there before they passed over.
2 And it came to pass after three
days, that the officers went through the host;
3 And they commanded the
people, saying, When you see the ark of the covenant of YHWH your Elohim, and
the priests the Levites bearing it, then you shall remove from your place, and
go after it.
4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two
thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that you may know the way by
which you must go: for you have not passed this way heretofore.
5 And Joshua
said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow YHWH will do
wonders among you.
6 And Joshua spoke unto the priests, saying, Take up the
ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark
of the covenant, and went before the people.
7 And YHWH said unto
Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify you in the sight of all Israel, that
they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.
8 And you
shall command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When you
are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, you shall stand still in Jordan.
9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the
words of YHWH your Elohim.
10 And Joshua said, Hereby you shall know that
the living El is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from
before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the
Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.
11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of Adon (the Lord) of all the earth passes over
before you into Jordan.
12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the
tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man.
13 And it shall come to pass, as
soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of YHWH,
Adon (the Lord) of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters
of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they
shall stand upon an heap.
14 And it came to pass, when the people removed
from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the
covenant before the people;
15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto
Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim
of the water, (for Jordan overflows all his banks all the time of harvest,)
16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap
very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down
toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and
the people passed over right against Jericho.
17 And the priests that bare
the ark of the covenant of YHWH stood firm on dry ground in the midst of
Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people
were passed clean over Jordan.
1 And it came to pass, when all the people
were clean passed over Jordan, that YHWH spoke unto Joshua, saying,
2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,
command you them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the
place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones, and you shall carry
them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where you shall lodge
4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the
children of Israel, out of every tribe a man:
5 And Joshua said unto them,
Pass over before the ark of YHWH your Elohim into the midst of Jordan, and
take you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the
number of the tribes of the children of Israel:
6 That this may be a sign
among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying,
What mean you by these stones?
7 Then you shall answer them, That the waters
of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of YHWH; when it
passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall
be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.
8 And the children
of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the
midst of Jordan, as YHWH spoke unto Joshua, according to the number of the
tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the
place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
9 And Joshua set up
twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the
priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this
10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan,
until every thing was finished that YHWH commanded Joshua to speak unto
the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people
hasted and passed over.
11 And it came to pass, when all the people were
clean passed over, that the ark of YHWH passed over, and the priests, in
the presence of the people.
12 And the children of Reuben, and the children
of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed before the children
of Israel, as Moses spoke unto them:
13 About forty thousand prepared for
war passed over before YHWH unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.
that day YHWH magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared
him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.
15 And YHWH spoke
unto Joshua, saying,
16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the
testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.
17 Joshua therefore commanded
the priests, saying, Come you up out of Jordan.
18 And it came to pass, when
the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of YHWH were come up out of
the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up unto
the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed
over all his banks, as they did before.
19 And the people came up out of
Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the
east border of Jericho.
20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of
Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal.
21 And he spoke unto the children of
Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come,
saying, What mean these stones?
22 Then you shall let your children know,
saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.
23 For YHWH your Elohim
dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until you were passed over, as
YHWH your Elohim did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until
we were gone over:
24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand
of YHWH, that it is mighty: that you might fear YHWH your Elohim for ever.
1 And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on
the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, which were
by the sea, heard that YHWH had dried up the waters of Jordan from before
the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart melted,
neither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.
2 At that time YHWH said unto Joshua, Make you sharp knives, and
circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
3 And Joshua made
him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the
4 And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people
that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the
wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt.
5 Now all the people
that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the
wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not
6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the
wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt,
were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of YHWH: unto whom YHWH sware that he would not show them the land, which YHWH sware unto
their fathers that he would give us, a land that flows with milk and honey.
7 And their children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua
circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised
them by the way.
8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all
the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.
9 And YHWH said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of
Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this
10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover
on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.
they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover,
unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day.
12 And the manna
ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither
had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of
the land of Canaan that year.
13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by
Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man
over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him,
and said unto him, Are you for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said,
Nay; but as captain of the host of YHWH am I now come. And Joshua fell on
his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What said my Adon (Lord)
unto his servant?
15 And the captain of YHWH'S host said unto Joshua,
Loose your shoe from off your foot; for the place whereon you stand is holy.
And Joshua did so.
1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the
children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.
2 And YHWH said
unto Joshua, See, I have given into your hand Jericho, and the king thereof,
and the mighty men of valour.
3 And you shall compass the city, all you men of
war, and go round about the city once. Thus shall you do six days.
seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the
seventh day you shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow
with the trumpets.
5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long
blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the
people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall
down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up
the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams'
horns before the ark of YHWH.
7 And he said unto the people, Pass on,
and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of YHWH.
8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that
the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before
YHWH, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of YHWH
9 And the armed men went before the priests that blew with
the trumpets, and the rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and
blowing with the trumpets.
10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying,
You shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word
proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall you shout.
11 So the ark of YHWH compassed the city, going about it once: and they
came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.
12 And Joshua rose early in the
morning, and the priests took up the ark of YHWH.
13 And seven priests
bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of YHWH went on
continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them;
but the rereward came after the ark of YHWH, the priests going on, and
blowing with the trumpets.
14 And the second day they compassed the city
once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days.
15 And it came to
pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day,
and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day
they compassed the city seven times.
16 And it came to pass at the seventh
time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people,
Shout; for YHWH has given you the city.
17 And the city shall be
accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to YHWH: only Rahab the
harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid
the messengers that we sent.
18 And you, in any wise keep yourselves from the
accursed thing, lest you make yourselves accursed, when you take of the accursed
thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
19 But all the
silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto YHWH: they shall come into the treasury of YHWH.
20 So the people
shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the
people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great
shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city,
every man straight before him, and they took the city.
21 And they utterly
destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox,
and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
22 But Joshua had said unto
the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house, and
bring out thence the woman, and all that she has, as you sware unto her.
23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her
father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they
brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.
24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the
silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the
treasury of the house of YHWH.
25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot
alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwells in
Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent
to spy out Jericho.
26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed
be the man before YHWH, that rises up and builds this city Jericho: he
shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son
shall he set up the gates of it.
27 So YHWH was with Joshua; and his
fame was noised throughout all the country.
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 YHWH 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 spoke 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.
6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and
fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of YHWH until the eventide,
he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
7 And Joshua
said, Alas, O Adonai YHWH, wherefore have you at all brought this people over
Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to
Elohim we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!
8 O Adonai, what
shall I say, when Israel turns 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 will you do
unto your great name?
10 And YHWH said unto Joshua, Get you up;
wherefore lie you thus upon your face?
11 Israel has 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 you destroy the accursed from among you.
13 Up, sanctify the
people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow: for thus said YHWH
Elohim of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of you, O Israel: you
canst not stand before your enemies, until you take away the accursed thing
from among you.
14 In the morning therefore you shall be brought according to
your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which YHWH takes shall come
according to the families thereof; and the family which YHWH shall take
shall come by households; and the household which YHWH 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 has: because he has
transgressed the covenant of YHWH, and because he has wrought folly in
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.
19 And Joshua said unto Achan,
My son, give, I pray you, glory to YHWH Elohim of Israel, and make
confession unto him; and tell me now what you have done; hide it not from me.
20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against YHWH Elohim 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
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 YHWH.
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 have you
troubled us? YHWH shall trouble you this day. And all Israel stoned him
with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with
26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So
YHWH turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that
place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.
1 And YHWH said
unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be you dismayed: take all the people of war
with you, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into your hand the king of
Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
2 And you shall do to Ai
and her king as you did unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof,
and the cattle thereof, shall you take for a prey unto yourselves: lay you an
ambush for the city behind it.
3 So Joshua arose, and all the people of war,
to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of
valour, and sent them away by night.
4 And he commanded them, saying,
Behold, you shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not
very far from the city, but be you all ready:
5 And I, and all the people
that are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when
they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them,
6 (For they will come out after us) till we have drawn them from the city;
for they will say, They flee before us, as at the first: therefore we will
flee before them.
7 Then you shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon
the city: for YHWH your Elohim will deliver it into your hand.
8 And it
shall be, when you have taken the city, that you shall set the city on fire:
according to the commandment of YHWH shall you do. See, I have commanded
9 Joshua therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in ambush, and
abode between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that
night among the people.
10 And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and
numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the
people to Ai.
11 And all the people, even the people of war that were with
him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the
north side of Ai: now there was a valley between them and Ai.
12 And he took
about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai,
on the west side of the city.
13 And when they had set the people, even all
the host that was on the north of the city, and their liers in wait on the
west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of the valley.
14 And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that they hasted and
rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he
and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not
that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.
15 And Joshua
and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of
16 And all the people that were in Ai were called together
to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from
17 And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel, that went not out
after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.
YHWH said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in your hand toward
Ai; for I will give it into your hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear
that he had in his hand toward the city.
19 And the ambush arose quickly out
of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and
they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire.
20 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the
smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this
way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon
21 And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had
taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned
again, and slew the men of Ai.
22 And the other issued out of the city
against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some
on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them remain or
23 And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
24 And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the
inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them,
and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were
consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge
of the sword.
25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and
women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai.
26 For Joshua drew not
his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly
destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.
27 Only the cattle and the spoil of
that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of
YHWH which he commanded Joshua.
28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an
heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.
29 And the king of Ai he
hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua
commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at
the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of
stones, that remains unto this day.
30 Then Joshua built an altar unto YHWH Elohim of Israel in mount Ebal,
31 As Moses the servant of YHWH
commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of
Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man has lift up any iron: and
they offered thereon burnt offerings unto YHWH, and sacrificed peace
32 And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses,
which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.
33 And all Israel,
and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark
and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the
covenant of YHWH, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them;
half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount
Ebal; as Moses the servant of YHWH had commanded before, that they should
bless the people of Israel.
34 And afterward he read all the words of the
law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book
of the law.
35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which
Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the
little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.
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.
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
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 you a league with us.
7 And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure you dwell among
us; and how shall we make a league with you?
8 And they said unto Joshua, We
are your servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are you? and from whence come
9 And they said unto him, From a very far country your servants are come
because of the name of YHWH your Elohim: 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 spoke 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 you 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 YHWH.
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.
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
18 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the
princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by YHWH Elohim 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 YHWH Elohim 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.
22 And Joshua called for them, and he spoke unto
them, saying, Wherefore have you beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you;
when you dwell among us?
23 Now therefore you 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 Elohim.
24 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it
was certainly told your servants, how that YHWH your Elohim 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 your hand:
as it seems good and right unto you 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 YHWH, even
unto this day, in the place which he should choose.
1 Now it came to
pass, when Adonizedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and
had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had
done to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with
Israel, and were among them;
2 That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was
a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai,
and all the men thereof were mighty.
3 Wherefore Adonizedek king of
Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and
unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying,
4 Come up
unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it has made peace with
Joshua and with the children of Israel.
5 Therefore the five kings of the
Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the
king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up,
they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.
6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying,
Slack not your hand from your servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and
help us: for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are
gathered together against us.
7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all
the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour.
8 And YHWH
said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into your hand;
there shall not a man of them stand before you.
9 Joshua therefore came
unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.
10 And YHWH
discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at
Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goes up to Bethhoron, and smote
them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.
11 And it came to pass, as they fled from
before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that YHWH cast
down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were
more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew
with the sword.
12 Then spoke Joshua to YHWH in the day when YHWH
delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the
sight of Israel, Sun, stand you still upon Gibeon; and you, Moon, in the
valley of Ajalon.
13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the
people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the
book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not
to go down about a whole day.
14 And there was no day like that before it or
after it, that YHWH hearkened unto the voice of a man: for YHWH fought
15 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp
16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at
17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in
a cave at Makkedah.
18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of
the cave, and set men by it for to keep them:
19 And stay you not, but pursue
after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter
into their cities: for YHWH your Elohim has delivered them into your hand.
20 And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an
end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that
the rest which remained of them entered into fenced cities.
21 And all the
people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his
tongue against any of the children of Israel.
22 Then said Joshua, Open the
mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the cave.
23 And they did so, and brought forth those five kings unto him out of the
cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king
of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.
24 And it came to pass, when they brought
out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and
said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put
your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their
feet upon the necks of them.
25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be
dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall YHWH do to all
your enemies against whom you fight.
26 And afterward Joshua smote them, and
slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees
until the evening.
27 And it came to pass at the time of the going down of
the sun, that Joshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and
cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid great stones in
the cave's mouth, which remain until this very day.
28 And that day Joshua
took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof
he utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were therein; he let none
remain: and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did unto the king of Jericho.
29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah,
and fought against Libnah:
30 And YHWH delivered it also, and the king
thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword,
and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it; but did unto
the king thereof as he did unto the king of Jericho.
31 And Joshua passed
from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and encamped against it,
and fought against it:
32 And YHWH delivered Lachish into the hand of
Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the
sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he had done
33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua
smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining.
34 And from
Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped
against it, and fought against it:
35 And they took it on that day, and
smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he
utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish.
36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and
they fought against it:
37 And they took it, and smote it with the edge of
the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls
that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done
to Eglon; but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein.
38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought
39 And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities
thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed
all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining: as he had done to
Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to
Libnah, and to her king.
40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills,
and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he
left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as YHWH Elohim
of Israel commanded.
41 And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto
Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon.
42 And all these
kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because YHWH Elohim of
Israel fought for Israel.
43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him,
unto the camp to Gilgal.
1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor
had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king
of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph,
2 And to the kings that were on the
north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the
valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west,
3 And to the Canaanite on the
east and on the west, and to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite,
and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land
4 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much
people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses
and chariots very many.
5 And when all these kings were met together, they
came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.
6 And YHWH said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to
morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: you
shall hock their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
7 So Joshua
came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom
suddenly; and they fell upon them.
8 And YHWH delivered them into the
hand of Israel, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and unto
Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them,
until they left them none remaining.
9 And Joshua did unto them as YHWH
bade him: he hocked their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.
Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor, and smote the king thereof
with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms.
11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the
sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he
burnt Hazor with fire.
12 And all the cities of those kings, and all the
kings of them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and
he utterly destroyed them, as Moses the servant of YHWH commanded.
13 But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Israel burned
none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn.
14 And all the spoil of
these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto
themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they
had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe.
15 As YHWH
commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua;
he left nothing undone of all that YHWH commanded Moses.
16 So Joshua
took all that land, the hills, and all the south country, and all the land of
Goshen, and the valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the
valley of the same;
17 Even from the mount Halak, that goes up to Seir,
even unto Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon under mount Hermon: and all their
kings he took, and smote them, and slew them.
18 Joshua made war a long time
with all those kings.
19 There was not a city that made peace with the
children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of Gibeon: all other they
took in battle.
20 For it was of YHWH to harden their hearts, that they
should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and
that they might have no favour, but that he might destroy them, as YHWH
21 And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims
from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the
mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed
them utterly with their cities.
22 There was none of the Anakims left in the
land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, there
23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that YHWH
said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according
to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.
these are the kings of the land, which the children of Israel smote, and
possessed their land on the other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun,
from the river Arnon unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:
2 Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer,
which is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and from the middle of the river,
and from half Gilead, even unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the
children of Ammon;
3 And from the plain to the sea of Chinneroth on the
east, and unto the sea of the plain, even the salt sea on the east, the way to
Bethjeshimoth; and from the south, under Ashdothpisgah:
4 And the coast of
Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at
Ashtaroth and at Edrei,
5 And reigned in mount Hermon, and in Salcah, and in
all Bashan, unto the border of the Geshurites and the Maachathites, and half
Gilead, the border of Sihon king of Heshbon.
6 Them did Moses the servant of
YHWH and the children of Israel smite: and Moses the servant of YHWH
gave it for a possession unto the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half
tribe of Manasseh.
7 And these are the kings of the country which Joshua and
the children of Israel smote on this side Jordan on the west, from Baalgad in
the valley of Lebanon even unto the mount Halak, that goes up to Seir; which
Joshua gave unto the tribes of Israel for a possession according to their
8 In the mountains, and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in
the springs, and in the wilderness, and in the south country; the Hittites,
the Amorites, and the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the
9 The king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai, which is beside
10 The king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one;
11 The king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one;
12 The king of
Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one;
13 The king of Debir, one; the king of
14 The king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one;
15 The king
of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one;
16 The king of Makkedah, one; the
king of Bethel, one;
17 The king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one;
18 The king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one;
19 The king of
Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one;
20 The king of Shimronmeron, one; the
king of Achshaph, one;
21 The king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo,
22 The king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam of Carmel, one;
23 The king of Dor in the coast of Dor, one; the king of the nations of
24 The king of Tirzah, one: all the kings thirty and one.
1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and YHWH said unto him,
You are old and stricken in years, and there remains yet very much land to
2 This is the land that yet remains: all the borders of the
Philistines, and all Geshuri,
3 From Sihor, which is before Egypt, even unto
the borders of Ekron northward, which is counted to the Canaanite: five lords
of the Philistines; the Gazathites, and the Ashdothites, the Eshkalonites, the
Gittites, and the Ekronites; also the Avites:
4 From the south, all the land
of the Canaanites, and Mearah that is beside the Sidonians unto Aphek, to the
borders of the Amorites:
5 And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon,
toward the sunrising, from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into
6 All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon unto
Misrephothmaim, and all the Sidonians, them will I drive out from before the
children of Israel: only divide you it by lot unto the Israelites for an
inheritance, as I have commanded you.
7 Now therefore divide this land for
an inheritance unto the nine tribes, and the half tribe of Manasseh,
whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their inheritance, which
Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward, even as Moses the servant of YHWH
9 From Aroer, that is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and the
city that is in the midst of the river, and all the plain of Medeba unto
10 And all the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, which reigned in
Heshbon, unto the border of the children of Ammon;
11 And Gilead, and the
border of the Geshurites and Maachathites, and all mount Hermon, and all
Bashan unto Salcah;
12 All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in
Ashtaroth and in Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these
did Moses smite, and cast them out.
13 Nevertheless the children of Israel
expelled not the Geshurites, nor the Maachathites: but the Geshurites and the
Maachathites dwell among the Israelites until this day.
14 Only unto the
tribe of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices of YHWH Elohim of
Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as he said unto them.
Moses gave unto the tribe of the children of Reuben inheritance according to
16 And their coast was from Aroer, that is on the bank of
the river Arnon, and the city that is in the midst of the river, and all the
plain by Medeba;
17 Heshbon, and all her cities that are in the plain;
Dibon, and Bamothbaal, and Bethbaalmeon,
18 And Jahaza, and Kedemoth, and
19 And Kirjathaim, and Sibmah, and Zarethshahar in the mount of
20 And Bethpeor, and Ashdothpisgah, and Bethjeshimoth,
all the cities of the plain, and all the kingdom of Sihon king of the
Amorites, which reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses smote with the princes of
Midian, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, which were dukes of Sihon,
dwelling in the country.
22 Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did
the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.
23 And the border of the children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border
thereof. This was the inheritance of the children of Reuben after their
families, the cities and the villages thereof.
24 And Moses gave inheritance
unto the tribe of Gad, even unto the children of Gad according to their
25 And their coast was Jazer, and all the cities of Gilead, and
half the land of the children of Ammon, unto Aroer that is before Rabbah;
26 And from Heshbon unto Ramathmizpeh, and Betonim; and from Mahanaim unto
the border of Debir;
27 And in the valley, Betharam, and Bethnimrah, and
Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, Jordan
and his border, even unto the edge of the sea of Chinnereth on the other side
28 This is the inheritance of the children of Gad after
their families, the cities, and their villages.
29 And Moses gave
inheritance unto the half tribe of Manasseh: and this was the possession of
the half tribe of the children of Manasseh by their families.
30 And their
coast was from Mahanaim, all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, and
all the towns of Jair, which are in Bashan, threescore cities:
31 And half
Gilead, and Ashtaroth, and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, were
pertaining unto the children of Machir the son of Manasseh, even to the one
half of the children of Machir by their families.
32 These are the countries
which Moses did distribute for inheritance in the plains of Moab, on the other
side Jordan, by Jericho, eastward.
33 But unto the tribe of Levi Moses gave
not any inheritance: YHWH Elohim of Israel was their inheritance, as he said
1 And these are the countries which the children of Israel
inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son
of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel,
distributed for inheritance to them.
2 By lot was their inheritance, as YHWH commanded by the hand of Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half
3 For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe
on the other side Jordan: but unto the Levites he gave none inheritance among
4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim:
therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell
in, with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance.
5 As YHWH commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did, and they divided the
6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the
son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, You know the thing that YHWH said unto Moses the man of Elohim concerning me and you in Kadeshbarnea.
7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of YHWH sent me from
Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in
8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart
of the people melt: but I wholly followed YHWH my Elohim.
9 And Moses sware
on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon your feet have trodden shall be
your inheritance, and your children's for ever, because you have wholly
followed YHWH my Elohim.
10 And now, behold, YHWH has kept me alive,
as he said, these forty and five years, even since YHWH spoke this word
unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now,
lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong
this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my strength was then, even
so is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.
therefore give me this mountain, whereof YHWH spoke in that day; for you
heard in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were
great and fenced: if so be YHWH will be with me, then I shall be able to
drive them out, as YHWH said.
13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto
Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for an inheritance.
14 Hebron therefore
became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this
day, because that he wholly followed YHWH Elohim of Israel.
15 And the name
of Hebron before was Kirjatharba; which Arba was a great man among the
Anakims. And the land had rest from war.
1 This then was the lot of the
tribe of the children of Judah by their families; even to the border of Edom
the wilderness of Zin southward was the uttermost part of the south coast.
2 And their south border was from the shore of the salt sea, from the bay
that looks southward:
3 And it went out to the south side to
Maalehacrabbim, and passed along to Zin, and ascended up on the south side
unto Kadeshbarnea, and passed along to Hezron, and went up to Adar, and
fetched a compass to Karkaa:
4 From thence it passed toward Azmon, and went
out unto the river of Egypt; and the goings out of that coast were at the sea:
this shall be your south coast.
5 And the east border was the salt sea, even
unto the end of Jordan. And their border in the north quarter was from the bay
of the sea at the uttermost part of Jordan:
6 And the border went up to
Bethhogla, and passed along by the north of Betharabah; and the border went up
to the stone of Bohan the son of Reuben:
7 And the border went up toward
Debir from the valley of Achor, and so northward, looking toward Gilgal, that
is before the going up to Adummim, which is on the south side of the river:
and the border passed toward the waters of Enshemesh, and the goings out
thereof were at Enrogel:
8 And the border went up by the valley of the son
of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the
border went up to the top of the mountain that lies before the valley of
Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward:
9 And the border was drawn from the top of the hill unto the fountain of the
water of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of mount Ephron; and the border
was drawn to Baalah, which is Kirjathjearim:
10 And the border compassed
from Baalah westward unto mount Seir, and passed along unto the side of mount
Jearim, which is Chesalon, on the north side, and went down to Bethshemesh,
and passed on to Timnah:
11 And the border went out unto the side of Ekron
northward: and the border was drawn to Shicron, and passed along to mount
Baalah, and went out unto Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at
12 And the west border was to the great sea, and the coast thereof.
This is the coast of the children of Judah round about according to their
13 And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a part among the
children of Judah, according to the commandment of YHWH to Joshua, even
the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron.
14 And Caleb
drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai, the
children of Anak.
15 And he went up thence to the inhabitants of Debir: and
the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher.
16 And Caleb said, He that
smites Kirjathsepher, and takes it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to
17 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he
gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
18 And it came to pass, as she came
unto him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted off
her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What would you?
19 Who answered, Give
me a blessing; for you have given me a south land; give me also springs of
water. And he gave her the upper springs, and the nether springs.
20 This is
the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their
21 And the uttermost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah
toward the coast of Edom southward were Kabzeel, and Eder, and Jagur,
Kinah, and Dimonah, and Adadah,
23 And Kedesh, and Hazor, and Ithnan,
24 Ziph, and Telem, and Bealoth,
25 And Hazor, Hadattah, and Kerioth, and
Hezron, which is Hazor,
26 Amam, and Shema, and Moladah,
Hazargaddah, and Heshmon, and Bethpalet,
28 And Hazarshual, and Beersheba,
29 Baalah, and Iim, and Azem,
30 And Eltolad, and Chesil,
31 And Ziklag, and Madmannah, and Sansannah,
32 And Lebaoth,
and Shilhim, and Ain, and Rimmon: all the cities are twenty and nine, with
33 And in the valley, Eshtaol, and Zoreah, and Ashnah,
34 And Zanoah, and Engannim, Tappuah, and Enam,
35 Jarmuth, and Adullam,
Socoh, and Azekah,
36 And Sharaim, and Adithaim, and Gederah, and
Gederothaim; fourteen cities with their villages:
37 Zenan, and Hadashah,
38 And Dilean, and Mizpeh, and Joktheel,
39 Lachish, and
Bozkath, and Eglon,
40 And Cabbon, and Lahmam, and Kithlish,
Gederoth, Bethdagon, and Naamah, and Makkedah; sixteen cities with their
42 Libnah, and Ether, and Ashan,
43 And Jiphtah, and Ashnah, and
44 And Keilah, and Achzib, and Mareshah; nine cities with their
45 Ekron, with her towns and her villages:
46 From Ekron even
unto the sea, all that lay near Ashdod, with their villages:
47 Ashdod with
her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her villages, unto the
river of Egypt, and the great sea, and the border thereof:
48 And in the
mountains, Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh,
49 And Dannah, and Kirjathsannah,
which is Debir,
50 And Anab, and Eshtemoh, and Anim,
51 And Goshen, and
Holon, and Giloh; eleven cities with their villages:
52 Arab, and Dumah, and
53 And Janum, and Bethtappuah, and Aphekah,
54 And Humtah, and
Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, and Zior; nine cities with their villages:
55 Maon, Carmel, and Ziph, and Juttah,
56 And Jezreel, and Jokdeam, and
57 Cain, Gibeah, and Timnah; ten cities with their villages:
58 Halhul, Bethzur, and Gedor,
59 And Maarath, and Bethanoth, and Eltekon;
six cities with their villages:
60 Kirjathbaal, which is Kirjathjearim, and
Rabbah; two cities with their villages:
61 In the wilderness, Betharabah,
Middin, and Secacah,
62 And Nibshan, and the city of Salt, and Engedi; six
cities with their villages.
63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites
dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.
1 And the
lot of the children of Joseph fell from Jordan by Jericho, unto the water of
Jericho on the east, to the wilderness that goes up from Jericho throughout
2 And goes out from Bethel to Luz, and passes along unto the
borders of Archi to Ataroth,
3 And goes down westward to the coast of
Japhleti, unto the coast of Bethhoron the nether, and to Gezer: and the goings
out thereof are at the sea.
4 So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and
Ephraim, took their inheritance.
5 And the border of the children of Ephraim
according to their families was thus: even the border of their inheritance on
the east side was Atarothaddar, unto Bethhoron the upper;
6 And the border
went out toward the sea to Michmethah on the north side; and the border went
about eastward unto Taanathshiloh, and passed by it on the east to Janohah;
7 And it went down from Janohah to Ataroth, and to Naarath, and came to
Jericho, and went out at Jordan.
8 The border went out from Tappuah westward
unto the river Kanah; and the goings out thereof were at the sea. This is the
inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim by their families.
the separate cities for the children of Ephraim were among the inheritance of
the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages.
10 And they
drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell
among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.
1 There was
also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the firstborn of Joseph; to
wit, for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead: because he
was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan.
2 There was also a lot
for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children
of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and
for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the
children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of
Joseph by their families.
3 But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of
Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters:
and these are the names of his daughters, Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah,
4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before
Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, YHWH commanded
Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the
commandment of YHWH he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of
5 And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of
Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan;
6 Because the
daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of
Manasseh's sons had the land of Gilead.
7 And the coast of Manasseh was from
Asher to Michmethah, that lies before Shechem; and the border went along on
the right hand unto the inhabitants of Entappuah.
8 Now Manasseh had the
land of Tappuah: but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the
children of Ephraim;
9 And the coast descended unto the river Kanah,
southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim are among the cities of
Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also was on the north side of the river, and
the outgoings of it were at the sea:
10 Southward it was Ephraim's, and
northward it was Manasseh's, and the sea is his border; and they met together
in Asher on the north, and in Issachar on the east.
11 And Manasseh had in
Issachar and in Asher Bethshean and her towns, and Ibleam and her towns, and
the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Endor and her
towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and her towns, and the inhabitants of
Megiddo and her towns, even three countries.
12 Yet the children of Manasseh
could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would
dwell in that land.
13 Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were
waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly
drive them out.
14 And the children of Joseph spoke unto Joshua, saying, Why
have you given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great
people, forasmuch as YHWH has blessed me hitherto?
15 And Joshua
answered them, If you be a great people, then get you up to the wood
country, and cut down for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of
the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for you.
16 And the children of
Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell
in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of
Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel.
Joshua spoke unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh,
saying, You are a great people, and have great power: you shall not have one
18 But the mountain shall be your; for it is a wood, and you
shall cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be your: for you shall
drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be
1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled
together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And
the land was subdued before them.
2 And there remained among the children of
Israel seven tribes, which had not yet received their inheritance.
Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are you slack to go to
possess the land, which YHWH Elohim of your fathers has given you?
out from among you three men for each tribe: and I will send them, and they
shall rise, and go through the land, and describe it according to the
inheritance of them; and they shall come again to me.
5 And they shall
divide it into seven parts: Judah shall abide in their coast on the south, and
the house of Joseph shall abide in their coasts on the north.
6 You shall
therefore describe the land into seven parts, and bring the description hither
to me, that I may cast lots for you here before YHWH our Elohim.
7 But the
Levites have no part among you; for the priesthood of YHWH is their
inheritance: and Gad, and Reuben, and half the tribe of Manasseh, have
received their inheritance beyond Jordan on the east, which Moses the servant
of YHWH gave them.
8 And the men arose, and went away: and Joshua
charged them that went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the
land, and describe it, and come again to me, that I may here cast lots for you
before YHWH in Shiloh.
9 And the men went and passed through the land,
and described it by cities into seven parts in a book, and came again to
Joshua to the host at Shiloh.
10 And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh
before YHWH: and there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel
according to their divisions.
11 And the lot of the tribe of the children of
Benjamin came up according to their families: and the coast of their lot came
forth between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.
12 And their
border on the north side was from Jordan; and the border went up to the side
of Jericho on the north side, and went up through the mountains westward; and
the goings out thereof were at the wilderness of Bethaven.
13 And the border
went over from thence toward Luz, to the side of Luz, which is Bethel,
southward; and the border descended to Atarothadar, near the hill that lies
on the south side of the nether Bethhoron.
14 And the border was drawn
thence, and compassed the corner of the sea southward, from the hill that
lies before Bethhoron southward; and the goings out thereof were at
Kirjathbaal, which is Kirjathjearim, a city of the children of Judah: this was
the west quarter.
15 And the south quarter was from the end of
Kirjathjearim, and the border went out on the west, and went out to the well
of waters of Nephtoah:
16 And the border came down to the end of the
mountain that lies before the valley of the son of Hinnom, and which is in
the valley of the giants on the north, and descended to the valley of Hinnom,
to the side of Jebusi on the south, and descended to Enrogel,
17 And was
drawn from the north, and went forth to Enshemesh, and went forth toward
Geliloth, which is over against the going up of Adummim, and descended to the
stone of Bohan the son of Reuben,
18 And passed along toward the side over
against Arabah northward, and went down unto Arabah:
19 And the border
passed along to the side of Bethhoglah northward: and the outgoings of the
border were at the north bay of the salt sea at the south end of Jordan: this
was the south coast.
20 And Jordan was the border of it on the east side.
This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, by the coasts thereof
round about, according to their families.
21 Now the cities of the tribe of
the children of Benjamin according to their families were Jericho, and
Bethhoglah, and the valley of Keziz.
22 And Betharabah, and Zemaraim, and
23 And Avim, and Parah, and Ophrah,
24 And Chepharhaammonai, and
Ophni, and Gaba; twelve cities with their villages:
25 Gibeon, and Ramah,
26 And Mizpeh, and Chephirah, and Mozah,
27 And Rekem, and
Irpeel, and Taralah,
28 And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which is Jerusalem,
Gibeath, and Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the
inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families.
1 And the second lot came forth to Simeon, even for the tribe of the
children of Simeon according to their families: and their inheritance was
within the inheritance of the children of Judah.
2 And they had in their
inheritance Beersheba, and Sheba, and Moladah,
3 And Hazarshual, and Balah,
4 And Eltolad, and Bethul, and Hormah,
5 And Ziklag, and
Bethmarcaboth, and Hazarsusah,
6 And Bethlebaoth, and Sharuhen; thirteen
cities and their villages:
7 Ain, Remmon, and Ether, and Ashan; four cities
and their villages:
8 And all the villages that were round about these
cities to Baalathbeer, Ramath of the south. This is the inheritance of the
tribe of the children of Simeon according to their families.
9 Out of the
portion of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of
Simeon: for the part of the children of Judah was too much for them: therefore
the children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them.
10 And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their
families: and the border of their inheritance was unto Sarid:
11 And their
border went up toward the sea, and Maralah, and reached to Dabbasheth, and
reached to the river that is before Jokneam;
12 And turned from Sarid
eastward toward the sunrising unto the border of Chislothtabor, and then goes
out to Daberath, and goes up to Japhia.
13 And from thence passes on along
on the east to Gittahhepher, to Ittahkazin, and goes out to Remmonmethoar to
14 And the border compasses it on the north side to Hannathon: and
the outgoings thereof are in the valley of Jiphthahel:
15 And Kattath, and
Nahallal, and Shimron, and Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their
16 This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to
their families, these cities with their villages.
17 And the fourth lot came
out to Issachar, for the children of Issachar according to their families.
18 And their border was toward Jezreel, and Chesulloth, and Shunem,
Haphraim, and Shihon, and Anaharath,
20 And Rabbith, and Kishion, and Abez,
21 And Remeth, and Engannim, and Enhaddah, and Bethpazzez;
22 And the
coast reaches to Tabor, and Shahazimah, and Bethshemesh; and the outgoings of
their border were at Jordan: sixteen cities with their villages.
23 This is
the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar according to their
families, the cities and their villages.
24 And the fifth lot came out for
the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families.
25 And their
border was Helkath, and Hali, and Beten, and Achshaph,
26 And Alammelech,
and Amad, and Misheal; and reaches to Carmel westward, and to Shihorlibnath;
27 And turns toward the sunrising to Bethdagon, and reaches to Zebulun,
and to the valley of Jiphthahel toward the north side of Bethemek, and Neiel,
and goes out to Cabul on the left hand,
28 And Hebron, and Rehob, and
Hammon, and Kanah, even unto great Zidon;
29 And then the coast turns to
Ramah, and to the strong city Tyre; and the coast turns to Hosah; and the
outgoings thereof are at the sea from the coast to Achzib:
30 Ummah also,
and Aphek, and Rehob: twenty and two cities with their villages.
31 This is
the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher according to their
families, these cities with their villages.
32 The sixth lot came out to the
children of Naphtali, even for the children of Naphtali according to their
33 And their coast was from Heleph, from Allon to Zaanannim, and
Adami, Nekeb, and Jabneel, unto Lakum; and the outgoings thereof were at
34 And then the coast turns westward to Aznothtabor, and goes out
from thence to Hukkok, and reaches to Zebulun on the south side, and reaches
to Asher on the west side, and to Judah upon Jordan toward the sunrising.
35 And the fenced cities are Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath, and
36 And Adamah, and Ramah, and Hazor,
37 And Kedesh, and Edrei,
38 And Iron, and Migdalel, Horem, and Bethanath, and
Bethshemesh; nineteen cities with their villages.
39 This is the inheritance
of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the
cities and their villages.
40 And the seventh lot came out for the tribe of
the children of Dan according to their families.
41 And the coast of their
inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and Irshemesh,
42 And Shaalabbin, and
Ajalon, and Jethlah,
43 And Elon, and Thimnathah, and Ekron,
Eltekeh, and Gibbethon, and Baalath,
45 And Jehud, and Beneberak, and
46 And Mejarkon, and Rakkon, with the border before Japho.
47 And the coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them:
therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it,
and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein,
and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.
48 This is the
inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families,
these cities with their villages.
49 When they had made an end of dividing
the land for inheritance by their coasts, the children of Israel gave an
inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them:
50 According to the word of
YHWH they gave him the city which he asked, even Timnathserah in mount
Ephraim: and he built the city, and dwelt therein.
51 These are the
inheritances, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the
heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, divided for an
inheritance by lot in Shiloh before YHWH, at the door of the tabernacle of
the congregation. So they made an end of dividing the country.
also spoke unto Joshua, saying,
2 Speak to the children of Israel, saying,
Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spoke unto you by the hand of
3 That the slayer that kills any person unawares and unwittingly
may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.
4 And when he that does flee unto one of those cities shall stand at the
entering of the gate of the city, and shall declare his cause in the ears of
the elders of that city, they shall take him into the city unto them, and give
him a place, that he may dwell among them.
5 And if the avenger of blood
pursue after him, then they shall not deliver the slayer up into his hand;
because he smote his neighbour unwittingly, and hated him not beforetime.
6 And he shall dwell in that city, until he stand before the congregation
for judgment, and until the death of the high priest that shall be in those
days: then shall the slayer return, and come unto his own city, and unto his
own house, unto the city from whence he fled.
7 And they appointed Kedesh in
Galilee in mount Naphtali, and Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Kirjatharba,
which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah.
8 And on the other side Jordan by
Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of
the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan
in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh.
9 These were the cities appointed
for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourns among
them, that whosoever kills any person at unawares might flee thither, and
not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the
1 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites
unto Eleazar the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of
the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel;
2 And they spoke unto
them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying, YHWH commanded by the hand
of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with the suburbs thereof for our
3 And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their
inheritance, at the commandment of YHWH, these cities and their suburbs.
4 And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the children
of Aaron the priest, which were of the Levites, had by lot out of the tribe of
Judah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin,
5 And the rest of the children of Kohath had by lot out of
the families of the tribe of Ephraim, and out of the tribe of Dan, and out of
the half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities.
6 And the children of Gershon had by
lot out of the families of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of
Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh
in Bashan, thirteen cities.
7 The children of Merari by their families had
out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe
of Zebulun, twelve cities.
8 And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the
Levites these cities with their suburbs, as YHWH commanded by the hand of
9 And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of
the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which are here mentioned by
10 Which the children of Aaron, being of the families of the
Kohathites, who were of the children of Levi, had: for theirs was the first
11 And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city
is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with the suburbs thereof round about
12 But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to
Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
13 Thus they gave to the
children of Aaron the priest Hebron with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge
for the slayer; and Libnah with her suburbs,
14 And Jattir with her suburbs,
and Eshtemoa with her suburbs,
15 And Holon with her suburbs, and Debir with
16 And Ain with her suburbs, and Juttah with her suburbs, and
Bethshemesh with her suburbs; nine cities out of those two tribes.
out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with her suburbs,
18 Anathoth with her suburbs, and Almon with her suburbs; four cities.
19 All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen
cities with their suburbs.
20 And the families of the children of Kohath,
the Levites which remained of the children of Kohath, even they had the cities
of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim.
21 For they gave them Shechem with
her suburbs in mount Ephraim, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Gezer
with her suburbs,
22 And Kibzaim with her suburbs, and Bethhoron with her
suburbs; four cities.
23 And out of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with her
suburbs, Gibbethon with her suburbs,
24 Aijalon with her suburbs, Gathrimmon
with her suburbs; four cities.
25 And out of the half tribe of Manasseh,
Tanach with her suburbs, and Gathrimmon with her suburbs; two cities.
the cities were ten with their suburbs for the families of the children of
Kohath that remained.
27 And unto the children of Gershon, of the families
of the Levites, out of the other half tribe of Manasseh they gave Golan in
Bashan with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Beeshterah
with her suburbs; two cities.
28 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon
with her suburbs, Dabareh with her suburbs,
29 Jarmuth with her suburbs,
Engannim with her suburbs; four cities.
30 And out of the tribe of Asher,
Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs,
31 Helkath with her
suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs; four cities.
32 And out of the tribe of
Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the
slayer; and Hammothdor with her suburbs, and Kartan with her suburbs; three
33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families
were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
34 And unto the families of the
children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun,
Jokneam with her suburbs, and Kartah with her suburbs,
35 Dimnah with her
suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs; four cities.
36 And out of the tribe of
Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs,
with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities.
38 And out of
the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge
for the slayer; and Mahanaim with her suburbs,
39 Heshbon with her suburbs,
Jazer with her suburbs; four cities in all.
40 So all the cities for the
children of Merari by their families, which were remaining of the families of
the Levites, were by their lot twelve cities.
41 All the cities of the
Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight
cities with their suburbs.
42 These cities were every one with their suburbs
round about them: thus were all these cities.
43 And YHWH gave unto
Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they
possessed it, and dwelt therein.
44 And YHWH gave them rest round about,
according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man
of all their enemies before them; YHWH delivered all their enemies into
45 There failed not ought of any good thing which YHWH had
spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
1 Then Joshua called
the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh,
2 And said
unto them, You have kept all that Moses the servant of YHWH commanded you,
and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you:
3 You have not left
your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the
commandment of YHWH your Elohim.
4 And now YHWH your Elohim has given
rest unto your brethren, as he promised them: therefore now return you, and get
you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the
servant of YHWH gave you on the other side Jordan.
5 But take diligent
heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of YHWH
charged you, to love YHWH your Elohim, and to walk in all his ways, and to
keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your
heart and with all your soul.
6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away:
and they went unto their tents.
7 Now to the one half of the tribe of
Manasseh Moses had given possession in Bashan: but unto the other half thereof
gave Joshua among their brethren on this side Jordan westward. And when Joshua
sent them away also unto their tents, then he blessed them,
8 And he spoke
unto them, saying, Return with much riches unto your tents, and with very much
cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with
very much raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
9 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of
Manasseh returned, and departed from the children of Israel out of Shiloh,
which is in the land of Canaan, to go unto the country of Gilead, to the land
of their possession, whereof they were possessed, according to the word of YHWH by the hand of Moses.
10 And when they came unto the borders of Jordan,
that are in the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben and the children of Gad
and the half tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by Jordan, a great altar
to see to.
11 And the children of Israel heard say, Behold, the children of
Reuben and the children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh have built an
altar over against the land of Canaan, in the borders of Jordan, at the
passage of the children of Israel.
12 And when the children of Israel heard
of it, the whole congregation of the children of Israel gathered themselves
together at Shiloh, to go up to war against them.
13 And the children of
Israel sent unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to
the half tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of
Eleazar the priest,
14 And with him ten princes, of each chief house a
prince throughout all the tribes of Israel; and each one was an head of the
house of their fathers among the thousands of Israel.
15 And they came unto
the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of
Manasseh, unto the land of Gilead, and they spoke with them, saying,
said the whole congregation of YHWH, What trespass is this that you have
committed against the Elohim of Israel, to turn away this day from following YHWH, in that you have builded you an altar, that you might rebel this day
17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which
we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the
congregation of YHWH,
18 But that you must turn away this day from
following YHWH? and it will be, seeing you rebel to day against YHWH,
that to morrow he will be wroth with the whole congregation of Israel.
19 Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession be unclean, then pass you
over unto the land of the possession of YHWH, wherein YHWH'S
tabernacle dwells, and take possession among us: but rebel not against YHWH, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar beside the altar of YHWH our Elohim.
20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the
accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man
perished not alone in his iniquity.
21 Then the children of Reuben and the
children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh answered, and said unto the
heads of the thousands of Israel,
22 YHWH El of elohim (``gods''), YHWH El of
elohim (``gods''), he knows, and Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in
transgression against YHWH, (save us not this day,)
23 That we have
built us an altar to turn from following YHWH, or if to offer thereon
burnt offering or meat offering, or if to offer peace offerings thereon, let
YHWH himself require it;
24 And if we have not rather done it for fear
of this thing, saying, In time to come your children might speak unto our
children, saying, What have you to do with YHWH Elohim of Israel?
25 For YHWH has made Jordan a border between us and you, you children of Reuben and
children of Gad; you have no part in YHWH: so shall your children make our
children cease from fearing YHWH.
26 Therefore we said, Let us now
prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:
27 But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations
after us, that we might do the service of YHWH before him with our burnt
offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your
children may not say to our children in time to come, You have no part in YHWH.
28 Therefore said we, that it shall be, when they should so say to us
or to our generations in time to come, that we may say again, Behold the
pattern of the altar of YHWH, which our fathers made, not for burnt
offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between us and you.
29 Elohim forbid that we should rebel against YHWH, and turn this day from
following YHWH, to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat offerings,
or for sacrifices, beside the altar of YHWH our Elohim that is before his
30 And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the
congregation and heads of the thousands of Israel which were with him, heard
the words that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children
of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them.
31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the
priest said unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to
the children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that YHWH is among us,
because you have not committed this trespass against YHWH: now you have
delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of YHWH.
Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the princes, returned from the
children of Reuben, and from the children of Gad, out of the land of Gilead,
unto the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel, and brought them word
33 And the thing pleased the children of Israel; and the children of
Israel blessed Elohim, and did not intend to go up against them in battle, to
destroy the land wherein the children of Reuben and Gad dwelt.
34 And the
children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall
be a witness between us that YHWH is Elohim.
1 And it came to pass a
long time after that YHWH had given rest unto Israel from all their
enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.
2 And Joshua
called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and for
their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and
stricken in age:
3 And you have seen all that YHWH your Elohim has done
unto all these nations because of you; for YHWH your Elohim is he that has
fought for you.
4 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that
remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the
nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward.
5 And YHWH your Elohim, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of
your sight; and you shall possess their land, as YHWH your Elohim has
promised unto you.
6 Be you therefore very courageous to keep and to do all
that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that you turn not aside
therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
7 That you come not among these
nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of
their elohim (``gods''), nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves
8 But cleave unto YHWH your Elohim, as you have done unto this
9 For YHWH has driven out from before you great nations and
strong: but as for you, no man has been able to stand before you unto this
10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for YHWH your Elohim, he it
is that fights for you, as he has promised you.
11 Take good heed
therefore unto yourselves, that you love YHWH your Elohim.
12 Else if you do
in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these
that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto
them, and they to you:
13 Know for a certainty that YHWH your Elohim will
no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be
snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your
eyes, until you perish from off this good land which YHWH your Elohim has
14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and
you know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing has
failed of all the good things which YHWH your Elohim spoke concerning you;
all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing has failed thereof.
15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon
you, which YHWH your Elohim promised you; so shall YHWH bring upon you
all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which YHWH your Elohim has given you.
16 When you have transgressed the covenant of
YHWH your Elohim, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other
elohim (``gods''), and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of YHWH be
kindled against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land which
he has given unto you.
1 And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to
Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for
their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before
2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus said YHWH Elohim of
Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even
Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other
3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and
led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave
4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau
mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which
I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.
6 And I brought your
fathers out of Egypt: and you came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued
after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.
7 And when
they cried unto YHWH, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and
brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I
have done in Egypt: and you dwelt in the wilderness a long season.
8 And I
brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side
Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that you
might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.
9 Then Balak
the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and
called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:
10 But I would not hearken unto
Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.
11 And you went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho
fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and
the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I
delivered them into your hand.
12 And I sent the hornet before you, which
drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not
with your sword, nor with your bow.
13 And I have given you a land for which
you did not labour, and cities which you built not, and you dwell in them; of the
vineyards and oliveyards which you planted not do you eat.
14 Now therefore
fear YHWH, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the elohim (``gods'')
which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and
serve you YHWH.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve YHWH, choose
you this day whom you will serve; whether the elohim (``gods'') which your fathers served
that were on the other side of the flood, or the elohim (``gods'') of the Amorites, in
whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve YHWH.
16 And the people answered and said, Elohim forbid that we should forsake YHWH, to serve other elohim (``gods'');
17 For YHWH our Elohim, he it is that brought us
up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and
which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way
wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
18 And YHWH drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in
the land: therefore will we also serve YHWH; for he is our Elohim.
Joshua said unto the people, You cannot serve YHWH: for he is an holy Elohim;
he is a jealous El; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
20 If you forsake YHWH, and serve strange elohim (``gods''), then he will turn and do
you hurt, and consume you, after that he has done you good.
21 And the
people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve YHWH.
22 And Joshua said
unto the people, You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen you
YHWH, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
23 Now therefore
put away, said he, the strange elohim (``gods'') which are among you, and incline your
heart unto YHWH Elohim of Israel.
24 And the people said unto Joshua, YHWH our Elohim will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
25 So Joshua made a
covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in
26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of Elohim, and
took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the
sanctuary of YHWH.
27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this
stone shall be a witness unto us; for it has heard all the words of YHWH
which he spoke unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest you deny
28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his
29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son
of Nun, the servant of YHWH, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah,
which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
Israel served YHWH all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders
that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of YHWH, that he
had done for Israel.
32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of
Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground
which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred
pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that
pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.
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