Gibeon Misleads Joshua1 And as they all heard (the kings of the Amorites on the other side of the Jordan, the ones in the mountainous area, and the ones on the plain, and the ones in all the coast of the [2sea 1great], and the ones towards Antilebanon, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Gergashites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites) 2 that they came together to the same place to wage war against Joshua and Israel all together. 3 And the ones dwelling in Gibeon heard all as much as Joshua did to Jericho and to Ai. 4 And they acted, even indeed themselves with astuteness. And coming, they stood by and prepared. And taking [2sackcloths 1old] upon their donkeys, and [2leather bags 3of wine 1old] being broken down and all tied up, 5 and the hollows in their shoes, and their sandals old and mended on their feet, and their garments being old upon them, and the bread loaves of their provisions [2dry 1were] and moldy and worm eaten, 6 that they came to Joshua into the camp of Israel in Gilgal. And they said to Joshua, and to all Israel, From out of a land far off we have come, and now ordain with us a covenant! 7 And [4said 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to the Hivites, Look, [2not 4with 5me 1you do 3dwell together], so how do we ordain with you a covenant? 8 And they said to Joshua, [2your servants 1We are]. And [2said 3to 4them 1Joshua], From what place are you, and from what place do you come? 9 And they said to him, [3from out of 4a land 5far off 6exceedingly 2have come 1your servants] in the name of the lord your God. For we have heard his name, and all as much as he did in Egypt; 10 and all as much as he did to the two kings of the Amorites, to the ones who were on the other side of the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, who dwelt in Ashtaroth and in Edrain. 11 And [2spoke 3to 4us 1our elders], and all the ones dwelling in our land, saying, Take for yourselves provisions for the journey, and go to meet with them! And you shall say to them, [2your servants 1We are], and now ordain with us the covenant! 12 These are our bread loaves we took hot, being provided of them from our houses in the day in which we came forth to come to you. And now behold, they are dry, and have become worm eaten. 13 And these are the leather bags for the wine which we filled new, And these are torn. And these are our garments made old from the [2long 3journey 1exceedingly]. 14 And [3took 1the 2rulers] their provisions, and the mouth of the lord they did not ask.
Joshua Ordains a Covenant with Gibeon15 And [2made 4with 5them 1Joshua 3peace], and ordained with them a covenant, and [5swore by an oath 6to them 1the 2rulers 3of the 4congregation]. 16 And it came to pass after three days, after the ordaining with them a covenant, they heard that [2near 1they are] them, and that [2among 3them 1they dwelt]. 17 And [4departed 1the 2sons 3of Israel], and came forth into their cities the [2day 1third]. And their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and cities of Jearim. 18 And [4did not 5wage war 6with them 1the 2sons 3of Israel], for [6swore by an oath 7to them 1all 2the 3rulers 4of the 5congregation] by the lord God of Israel. And [4complained 1all 2the 3congregation] about the rulers. 19 And [4said 1all 2the 3rulers] to all the congregation, We swore by an oath to them by the lord God of Israel. And now, we shall not be able to touch them. 20 This we will do to them -- to take them alive, and we will preserve them, and there will not be [2against 3us 1anger] on account of the oath which we swore by an oath to them. 21 And [3said 4to them 1the 2rulers], They shall live, and they shall be woodcutters and water-carriers to all the congregation, just as [3said 4to them 1the 2rulers]. 22 And [2called them together 1Joshua], and he spoke to them, saying, Why did you mislead me, saying, [3far 1We are 4from 5you 2exceedingly]; but you are natives of the ones dwelling among us? 23 And now you are accursed, in no way shall there fail from one of you being a servant, nor woodcutter, nor a water-carrier to me, and to my God. 24 And they answered Joshua, saying that, A message was announced to us as much as [3ordered 1the lord 2your God] Moses his servant to give to you this land, and to utterly destroy us, and all the ones dwelling upon it, from in front of you. And we feared exceedingly for our lives from your presence, and we did this thing. 25 And now, behold, we are under your hands as it pleases you. And as it seems good to do to us, you do it! 26 And they did to them thus, and [2rescued 3them 1Joshua] in that day from the hands of the sons of Israel, and they did not do away with them. 27 And [2established 3them 1Joshua] in that day as woodcutters and water-carriers to all the congregation, and for the altar of God until the day today, and for the place which ever he should choose.
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