Joshua 7

Israel Is Defeated at Ai

1 a  But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, took some of the things under the ban, therefore the anger of the  Lord burned against the sons of Israel.

2Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near b  Beth-aven, east of Bethel, and said to them,
Lit saying, Go
Go up and spy out the land.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.
3They returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not let all the people go up; only about two or three thousand men need go up
Lit and smite
to Ai; do not make all the people toil up there, for they are few.”
4So about three thousand men from the people went up there, but e  they fled
Lit before
from the men of Ai.
5The men of Ai struck down about thirty-six of their men, and pursued them
Or before
from the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them down on the descent, so the h  hearts of the people melted and became as water.

6Then Joshua i  tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the  Lord until the evening, both he and the elders of Israel; and j  they put dust on their heads. 7Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God, why did You ever bring this people over the Jordan, only to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? If only we had been willing
Lit and had dwelt
to dwell beyond the Jordan!
8O Lord, what can I say since Israel has turned their
Lit neck
back before their enemies?
9 n  For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will You do for Your great name?”

10So the  Lord said to Joshua, “Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? 11Israel has sinned, and o  they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things. 12“Therefore the p  sons of Israel cannot stand before their enemies; they turn their
Lit necks
backs before their enemies, for they have become accursed. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy the things under the ban from your midst.
13Rise up! r  Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, for thus the  Lord, the God of Israel, has said, s  There are things under the ban in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you have removed the things under the ban from your midst.” 14In the morning then you shall come near by your tribes. And it shall be that the tribe which t  the  Lord takes by lot shall come near by families, and the family which the  Lord takes shall come near by households, and the household which the  Lord takes shall come near man by man. 15u  It shall be that the one who is taken with the things under the ban shall be burned with fire, he and all that belongs to him, because he has transgressed the covenant of the  Lord, and because he v  has committed a disgraceful thing in Israel.’”

The Sin of Achan

16So Joshua arose early in the morning and brought Israel near by
Lit its tribes
tribes, and the tribe of Judah was taken.
17He brought the family of Judah near, and he took the family of the Zerahites; and he brought the family of the Zerahites near man by man, and Zabdi was taken. 18He brought his household near man by man; and x  Achan, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, was taken. 19Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I implore you, y  give glory to the  Lord, the God of Israel, and give praise to Him; and tell me now what you have done. Do not hide it from me.” 20So Achan answered Joshua and said, “Truly, I have sinned against the  Lord, the God of Israel, and
Lit thus and thus I did
this is what I did:
21when I saw among the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold fifty shekels in weight, then I aa  coveted them and took them; and behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent with the silver underneath it.”

22So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and behold, it was concealed in his tent with the silver underneath it. 23They took them from inside the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the sons of Israel, and they poured them out before the  Lord. 24Then Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the mantle, the bar of gold, his sons, his daughters, his
Or cattle
oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent and all that belonged to him; and they brought them up to ac  the valley of
I.e. trouble
25Joshua said, “Why have you ae  troubled us? The  Lord will trouble you this day.” And all Israel stoned
Lit him
them with stones; and they burned them with fire
Lit and they stoned
after they had stoned them with stones.
26They raised over him a great heap of stones that stands to this day, and the  Lord turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called ah  the valley of
I.e. trouble
Achor to this day.
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