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"1 ∂ AFTER the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Mosesí minister, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, it shall be yours, as I promised Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even to the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, as far as the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun shall be your boundaries. 5 No man shall be able to resist you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you, not forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage; for you shall cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the laws which Moses my servant has commanded you; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may succeed wherever you go. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate thereon day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein; for then you shall succeed and prosper. 9 Behold, I have commanded you. Be strong and of good courage; fear not, neither be dismayed; for the your God is with you wherever you go."

"10 ∂ Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people and their scribes, saying, 11 Pass through the camp, and command the people, saying, Prepare for yourselves provisions for a journey; for within three days you are to cross this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God gives you. 12 And to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half tribe of Manasseh, Joshua said, 13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD Your God 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 of the Jordan; but you shall cross armed before your brethren, all of you who are mighty men of valor, and help them: 15 Until the LORD gives rest to your brethren, as he has given you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God gives them; then you shall return to the land of your possession, and shall inherit it, the land which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on this side of the Jordan toward the sunrising."

"16 ∂ And the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the Manassites answered and said to Joshua, All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us, we will go. 17 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so will we obey you: only the LORD your God be with you, as he was with Moses. 18 Anyone who shall quarrel with you and will not obey your word in all that you command him, he shall be put to death; only be strong and of good courage."

"2:1 ∂ AND Joshua the son of Nun sent out from Shittim two men who were familiar with the land, and said to them, Go view the land of Jericho. And they went, and came into the house of a woman who was a harlot, named Rahab, and lodged there. 2 And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came certain men here tonight from the children of Israel to spy in the country. 3 So the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying. Bring forth the men that have entered into your house at night; for they have come to spy in the country. 4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said, Truly the men came to me, but I did not know where they came from; 5 And it came to pass about the time of the shutting of the gate, when it was dark, they went out; and I did not know where they went. Pursue them quickly; for you will overtake them. 6 But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them beneath the stalks of flax which she had piled up on the roof. 7 And the men pursued after them by the way of the Jordan to the fords; and after the pursuers were gone out after the spies, they shut the gate."

"8 ∂ And before they lay down, she came up to them upon the roof; 9 And she said to the men, I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that your terror has fallen upon us, and that also all the inhabitants of the land are terrified because of you. 10 For we have heard how the LORD dried up the waters of the Red Sea before you, when you came out of Egypt; and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. 11 And when we heard these things, our hearts trembled, neither did there remain any more courage in any one of us, because of you; for the LORD your God, is he who is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. 12 Now therefore, swear to me by the LORD, because I have showed you kindness, that you also will show kindness to me and to my fatherís household, and give me a true sign; 13 And that you will save alive my father, my mother, my brothers, and my sisters, and all that belongs to us, and deliver our lives from death. 14 And the men said to her, We will give our lives to death instead of you, if you will not disclose this affair. And it shall be, when the LORD has given us this land, then we will deal kindly and truly with you. 15 Then she let them down by a rope through the window; for her house was joined to the city wall, and she dwelt upon the wall. 16 And she said to them, Go by way of the mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three days, until the pursuers have returned, and then you shall go on your way. 17 And the men said to her, We will be blameless of this oath which you have made us swear. 18 Behold, when we come into the land, you must bind this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down; and you shall bring your father and your mother and your brothers and all your fatherís household home to you. 19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the door of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his head, and we will be guiltless; and whosoever shall be with you in the house, his blood shall be on our heads, and we are guilty if any man should harm him. 20 And if you disclose this affair, then we will be absolved from this oath which you have made us swear. 21 And she said, According to your words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed; and she bound the scarlet cord in the window."

"22 ∂ And they went to the mountain, and stayed there three days, until the pursuers were returned; and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, and when they failed to find them, they returned. 23 So the two spies came down from the mountain, and passed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and told him all that had befallen them. 24 And they said to Joshua, The LORD has delivered all the land into our hands; for the inhabitants of the land are afraid of us."

"3:1 ∂ And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they journeyed from Shittim, and came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there and did not cross over. 2 And it came to pass after three days the officers went through the camp; 3 And they commanded the people, saying, When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests and the Levites carrying it, then you must proceed from your place, and go after it. 4 And there shall be a space between you and the ark, about two thousand cubits by measure; you shall not come near to it, that you may know the way by which you shall go; for you have not passed this way before. 5 And Joshua said to the people, Sanctify yourselves; for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you. 6 And Joshua said to the priests, 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 the LORD said to Joshua, From this day I will begin to exalt 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 who carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, When you are come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan. 9 And Joshua said to the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. 10 And Joshua said, Hereby you shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will destroy from before you the Hittites, the Canaanites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the LORD of all the earth is passing over before you in the Jordan. 12 Now therefore take twelve men from all the tribes of Israel, a man out of each tribe. 13 And when the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, the LORD of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be divided, the waters that are flowing down from above shall pile up as though they were in sheepskins, one beside the other."

"14 ∂ And it came to pass, when the people set out from their tents to cross the Jordan and the priests who were bearing the ark of the covenant went before the people; 15 And as soon as those that bore the ark reached the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who were bearing the ark were dipped in the brim of the water (for the Jordan overflows its banks all the time of harvest); 16 That the waters that flowed down from above piled up as though they were in sheepskins, one beside the other; and extended for a long distance from the town of Aram, that is beside Zaretan; and those that flowed down toward the sea of the plain, the Salt Sea, failed to flow, and were divided; and the people passed over opposite Jericho. 17 And the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground until all the people finished passing over the Jordan."

"4:1 ∂ AND when all the people had finished passing over the Jordan, the LORD said to Joshua, 2 Take twelve men from the people, a man out of every tribe, 3 And command them, saying, Take from here out of the midst of the Jordan, out of the place where the priestsí feet stood, twelve stones, and you shall carry them over with you, and lay them in the lodging place where you lodge this night. 4 Then Joshua called the twelve men who were selected from the children of Israel, out of each tribe a man; 5 And Joshua said to them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel; 6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask you in time to come, saying, What is the meaning of these stones? 7 Then you shall tell them, The waters of the Jordan were divided before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when we passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were divided; and these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel for ever. 8 And the children of Israel did as Joshua commanded them, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of the Jordan, as the LORD had said to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. 9 And they set up the twelve stones which they had taken out of the midst of the Jordan, where stood the feet of the priests who were bearing the ark of the covenant; and they are there to this day."

"10 ∂ And the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of the Jordan until everything was finished that the LORD commanded Joshua to tell to the people, according to all that Moses had commanded Joshua; and the people made haste and passed over. 11 And when all the people had finished passing over, the ark of the LORD and the priests passed over before the people. 12 Then the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed before the children of Israel, as Moses had told them; 13 About forty thousand men armed for war passed over before the LORD to battle, to the plains of Jericho. 14 On that very day the LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they had feared Moses, all the days of his life. 15 And the LORD said to Joshua, 16 Command the priests who bear the ark of the testimony to come up out of the Jordan. 17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come up out of the Jordan. 18 And when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD had come up out of the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priestsí feet rested firm on the dry land, the waters of the Jordan rushed to their place, and overflowed all its banks, as they did before. 19 And the people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, on the east border of Jericho."

"20 ∂ And those twelve stones which they took out of the Jordan. Joshua set up at Gilgal. 21 And he said to the children of Israel, When your children shall ask you in time to come, saying, What is the meaning of these stones? 22 Then you shall explain them to your children, and say to them, The children of Israel crossed this Jordan on dry land. 23 For the LORD your God dried up the waters of the Jordan from before them, until they passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up from before us until we passed over; 24 So that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the LORD is mighty, and that you may worship the LORD your God for ever."

"5:1 ∂ AND when all the kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, who were by the sea, heard that the LORD had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the children of Israel, until they had passed over, their hearts trembled, and there was no strength left in them, because of the children of Israel. 2 At that time the LORD said to Joshua, Make for yourself a flint knife, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. 3 So Joshua made a flint knife for himself, and circumcised the children of Israel the second time at the Hill of the Uncircumcised. 4 And these are the men whom Joshua did circumcise: every male child who had been born after they had come out of Egypt, because all the men of war had died in the wilderness on the journey, after they came out of Egypt. 5 Because all the people who came out had been circumcised; but all the people that were born in the wilderness during the journey after they came out of Egypt had not been circumcised. 6 For the children of Israel journeyed forty years in the wilderness, until all the people who were men of war and came out of Egypt had perished, because they did not obey the voice of their LORD; to whom the LORD had sworn that he would not show them the land which he had sworn to their fathers that he would give them, a land that flows with milk and honey. 7 And it was their children who came after them that Joshua circumcised; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the journey. 8 And when all the people were circumcised, they remained in their places in the camp till they were healed. 9 And the LORD said to Joshua, This day I have taken away the reproach of the Egyptians from you. Wherefore the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day."

"10 ∂ And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at evening in the plain of Jericho. 11 And they ate from the grain of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened bread and parched wheat did they eat on that very day. 12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the grain of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the produce of the land of Canaan that year."

"13 ∂ And it came to pass, when Joshua was in the plain of Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand; and Joshua went to him, and said to him, Are you of us or of our enemies? 14 And he said to him, I am the commander of the host of the LORD, and now I have come here. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and worshipped, and said. What hath my LORD to say to his servant? 15 And the commander of the LORDíS host said to Joshua, Take your shoes from off your feet; for the place whereon you stand is holy. And Joshua did so."

"6:1 ∂ NOW Jericho was shut up because of the presence of the children of Israel; none went out and none came in. 2 And the LORD said to Joshua, See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, with its king and all its armed forces. 3 And you shall encircle the city, all the men of war, and you shall go round about the city once a day. Thus shall you do for six days. 4 And seven priests shall bear trumpets, and blow before the ark; and on the seventh day you shall go around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 5 And it shall come to pass that when they blow the trumpets and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall go up every man straight before him."

"6 ∂ And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said to them, Take up the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets and blow them before the ark of the LORD. 7 And he said to the people, Pass on and encircle the city, and let those who are armed march on before the ark of the LORD. 8 And as Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets passed on before the ark of the LORD, blowing on the trumpets; and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. 9 And the armed men went before the priests who blew on the trumpets, and the rest of the people who were gathered went after the ark, and they marched on blowing the trumpets. 10 But Joshua had commanded the people, saying, You shall not shout, nor let your voice be heard, neither shall any word come out of your mouth, until the day that I bid you to shout; then shall you shout. 11 So the ark of the LORD made a circuit of 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 the LORD. 13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets went before the ark of the LORD; they went on continually, and blew with the trumpets; and the armed men went before them; and the rest of the multitude went after the ark of the LORD, while the priests were blowing with trumpets. 14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned to the camp; so they did for six days. 15 And on the seventh day, they rose in the morning, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times; it was on that day only that they compassed the city seven times. 16 At the seventh time, when the priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, Shout; for the LORD has delivered the city to you."

"17 ∂ And this city and all that is therein, is to be devoted to the LORD; only Rahab the harlot you shall spare, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the spies that we sent. 18 And as for you, you are to be careful of the devoted things, lest you defile yourselves by taking some of the devoted things, 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 to the LORD; they shall come into the treasury of the LORD. 20 So the people shouted and the priests blew the trumpets; and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpets, they shouted with a great shout, and 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 were in the city, both men and women, young and old and oxen and sheep and asses, with the edge of the sword. 22 But Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the country, Go into the harlotís house, and bring out from there the woman and all that she has, as you swore to her. 23 And the spies went in. and brought out Rahab and her father and her mother and her brothers and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and placed them outside the camp of Israel. 24 And they burned the city with fire, and all that was therein; only the silver and the gold and the vessels of brass and of iron, they brought into the treasury of the house of the LORD. 25 But Rahab the harlot and her fatherís household and all that she had. Joshua saved alive; and she dwelt among the children of Israel even to this day; because she hid the spies whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. 26 And Joshua swore at that time, saying, Cursed before the LORD be the man that rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho; with the death of his first-born shall he build it, and with the death of his youngest son shall he set up its gates. 27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame spread throughout all the land."

"7:1 ∂ BUT the children of Israel committed a trespass in the devoted things; for Achar, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the devoted things, and hid them; and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel. 2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth-aon, on the east side of Beth-el, and said to them, Go up and spy out the land. And the men went up and spied out Ai. 3 And they returned to Joshua, and said to him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up, and destroy Ai; and do not send all the people there, for the men of Ai are but few. 4 So there went up about three thousand men; and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 And the men of Ai smote thirty-six of the Israelites; and they chased them from before the gate until they were defeated, and they smote them with a great slaughter; 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 the LORD until the evening, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. 7 And Joshua said, Alas, O LORD God, why hast thou brought this people over the Jordan, to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites? Would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan! 8 Now, what shall I say, when Israel has turned their backs before their enemies! 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall gather together against us, and cut off our name from the face of the earth; and what wilt thou do to thy great name?"

"10 ∂ And the LORD said to Joshua, Get up; why do you lie upon your face on the earth? 11 Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed the commandment which I commanded them; for they have even taken some of the devoted things, and have also stolen, and lied, and they have hidden them among their own stuff. 12 Therefore the children of Israel cannot stand again before their enemies, but they shall turn their backs before their enemies, because they are accursed; neither will I be with you any more, unless you remove the curse from among you. 13 Up, summon this people, and say, Be ready tomorrow; for thus says the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of you, O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies any more until you remove the accursed thing from among you. 14 In the morning therefore you shall be brought near according to your tribes; and it shall be that the tribe which the LORD takes shall come by families; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man. 15 And it shall be that he who is taken with the devoted thing shall be burned with fire, he and all that he has; because he has transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and because he has done wickedness in Israel."

"16 ∂ So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought forward Israel by tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken; 17 And he brought the tribe of Judah by families; and the family of the Zarhites was taken; and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken. 18 Then he brought his household man by man; and Achar, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. 19 And Joshua said to Achar, Give glory to the LORD God of Israel, and give praise to him; and tell me now what you have done; and do not hide it from me. 20 Achar answered Joshua, and said, Truly I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 When I saw among the spoils a beautiful Babylonian tapestry and two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold weighing fifty shekels, then I coveted them and took them; and, behold, they are hidden in the earth inside of my tent, and the silver under it. 22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to his tent, and, behold, it was hidden in his tent, and the silver under it. 23 And they took them out of his tent, and brought them to Joshua and to all the people of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. 24 And Joshua and all Israel with him took Achar the son of Zerah and the silver and the tapestry 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 to the valley of Achar. 25 And Joshua said to him, Why have you troubled us? The LORD shall trouble you this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, both him and all that he had, and burned them with fire. 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones which remain to this day. So the LORD turned from his fierce anger. Therefore the name of that place is called the Valley of Achar, to this day."

"8:1 ∂ AND the LORD said to Joshua, Fear not, neither be dismayed; take all the men of war with you, and arise and go up to Ai; because I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai and his people, his city and his land; 2 And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king; only the spoil and the cattle shall you take as a prey for yourselves; lay an ambush against the city, from behind it."

"3 ∂ So Joshua arose, and all the men of war, to go up against Ai; and Joshua chose three thousand mighty men of valor, and sent them away by night. 4 And he commanded them, saying. Behold, when you shall lie in wait against the city, from behind it, do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready; 5 And I and the men that are with me will approach the city; and it shall come to pass, when they first come out against us, we will flee before them; 6 For they will come out after us, and drive us away from the city, and they will say, They are fleeing before us, as at first; and behold, as we flee before them, 7 Then you shall rise up from your ambush, and seize upon the city; for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hands. 8 And it shall be, when you have taken the city, you shall set it on fire; according to the commandment of the LORD you shall do. See, I have commanded you. 9 So Joshua sent them forth; and they went to the place of ambush, and lay between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of Ai; but Joshua spent that night among the people. 10 And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and counted the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. 11 And all the men of war that were with him went up and drew near to the city, and encamped on the north side of Ai. Now there was a valley between them and Ai; 12 And Joshua took five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of the city; 13 And when he had set his men and all his host on the north side of the city, and the rear guard on the west of the city, Joshua went that night among the people. 14 And when the king of Ai saw it, he hastened, and the men of the city rose up, and went out against Israel to battle; so all the people of Ai were in the plain; and they did not know that there was an ambush against them from behind the city. 15 And Joshua and all Israel scattered before them to flee by way of the wilderness. 16 And all the people of Ai shouted as they pursued them; and they followed Joshua, and were drawn out of the city. 17 And there was not a man left in Ai or Beth-el who did not go out after Israel; and they left the city open, and pursued Israel. 18 And the LORD said to Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in your hand toward Ai; for I have delivered it into your hands. And Joshua stretched out the spear that was in his hand toward the city. 19 And the men in ambush arose quickly from their places, 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 the smoke of their city going up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way; and the people of Israel that fled to the wilderness turned back upon their pursuers. 21 And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the city was going up in smoke, then they turned back and slew the men of Ai. 22 And the others went out of the city to meet them; so the men of Ai were caught 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 escape."

"23 ∂ And they took the king of Ai alive, and brought him to Joshua. 24 And when Israel had finished slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the fields and in the wilderness where they pursued them, and when all of them had fallen by the edge of the sword until they were consumed, then all Israel returned to Ai and smote it with the edge of the sword. 25 And so it was, that twelve thousand men and women, all the inhabitants of Ai, fell that day. 26 For Joshua did not draw 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 for themselves, according to the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua. 28 And Joshua burned Ai, and made it a heap of ruins for ever to this day. 29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until the evening; and when the sun was set, Joshua commanded, and they took his corpse down from the tree and cast it at the entrance of the gate of the city, and raised over it a heap of large stones that remains to this day."

"30 ∂ Then Joshua built an altar to the LORD God of Israel in mount Gebal, 31 As Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of unhewn stones upon which no man has lifted up any iron instrument; and they offered thereon burnt offerings to the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings. 32 And he wrote there upon the stones of the altar 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 their scribes and their judges stood on this side of the ark, and on that side the priests and the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, the natives as well as the sojourners; half of them toward mount Gerizim, and half of them toward mount Gebal, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded, that they should bless the people of Israel as before. 34 And afterward Joshua read all the words of the law, the blessings and the 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 did not read before all the congregation of Israel and before the women and the little ones and sojourners who were among them."

"9:1 ∂ AND when all the kings who were on this side of the Jordan, in the mountains and in the valleys, and on all the coasts of the Great Sea toward Lebanon, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, heard of it; 2 And they gathered themselves together, with one accord, to fight with Joshua and with Israel."

"3 ∂ And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, 4 They worked subtly, and prepared provisions, and laid old sacks upon their asses, and wine skins, old, torn, and patched; 5 They put on old shoes, or bound their feet with sandals, and dressed in old garments; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy. 6 And they went to Joshua to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel, We have come from a far country; now therefore make a treaty with us. 7 And the men of Israel said to the Hivites. If you dwell among us, why then should you have a treaty? 8 And they said to Joshua, We are your servants. And Joshua said to them, Who are you? And where do you come from? 9 And they said to him, From a very far country your servants have come because of the name of the LORD your God; for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt. 10 And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Mathnin, who lived at Astaroth. 11 Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country said to us, Take provisions with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say to them, We are your servants; therefore now make a treaty with us. 12 Moreover, they also said to Joshua, This bread we took hot out of our houses for our provisions on the day we came forth to go to you; but now, behold, it is dry, and is mouldy. 13 And these wine skins, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they are worn out; and these our garments and our shoes were new when we put them on us, and, behold, now they are old because the journey was very long. 14 And the men took of their provisions and went away, and the Israelites did not ask counsel from the LORD."

"15 ∂ And Joshua made peace with them, and he made a treaty with them to let them live; and the princes of the congregation swore to them. 16 And at the end of three days after they had made the treaty with them, they heard that they were their neighbors, and that they dwelt among them. 17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came to their cities on the third day. Now the names of their cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Aeerooth and Koriath-naarin. 18 And the children of Israel did not kill them, because the princes of the congregation had sworn to them by the LORD God of Israel. And the whole congregation murmured and were in an uproar against the princes. 19 But the princes said to the congregation, We have sworn to them by the LORD God of Israel; now therefore we cannot harm them. 20 This we will do to them: we will let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oaths which we swore to them. 21 And the princes said to the children of Israel, Let them live; but let them become gatherers of wood and drawers of water to all the congregation; so they became gatherers of wood and drawers of water to all the congregation of the land; as the princes had promised them."

"22 ∂ And Joshua called for them, and he said to them, Why have you deceived 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 gatherers of wood and drawers of water for the house of God. 24 And they answered and said to Joshua, Because it was certainly told your servants that the LORD your God commanded Moses his servant to give you all the land and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were exceedingly afraid for our lives because of you, and have done this thing. 25 And now, behold, we are in your hands; do to us as it seems good in your sight. 26 And so Joshua did unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the Israelites, and they did not slay them. 27 And Joshua made them that day gatherers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, even to this day, in the place which he should choose."

"10:1 ∂ WHEN Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had captured Ai and had utterly destroyed it (as he had done to Jericho and its king, so he had done to Ai and its king) and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them; 2 He feared greatly, because Gibeon was a large city, like one of the royal cities, and it was larger than Ai, and all its men were mighty. 3 Wherefore Adoni-zedek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron and to Baran king of Jarmuth and to Napia king of Lachish and to Debir king of Eglon, saying, 4 Come up to me and help me, and let us fight against 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, and the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and came up, they and all their armies, and encamped before Gibeon and made war against it. 6 And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal, saying, Do not withhold your hands from your servants; because all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us."

"7 ∂ So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he, and all the men of war that were with him, and all the mighty men of valor. 8 And the LORD said to Joshua, Fear them not; for I have delivered them into your hands; and there shall not a man of them stand before you. 9 Joshua therefore came to them suddenly, going up all night from Gilgal. 10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and they smote them with great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goes up to Beth-hauran, and smote them as far as Akkar, and on to Makkar. 11 And as they fled from before Israel, and were going down in the descent of Beth-hauran, the LORD cast down great hailstones from heaven upon them as far as Akkar, and they died; and there were more that died from the hailstones than the children of Israel slew with the sword. 12 Then spoke Joshua to the LORD on the day when the LORD delivered the Amorites to the children of Israel, and Joshua said in the sight of the children of Israel, Sun, stand thou still over Gibeon; and thou Moon, in the valley over Ajalon. 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. And, behold, it is written in the Book of the Songs, 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, when the LORD hearkened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel."

"15 ∂ Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal. 16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in the cave of Makkar. 17 And Joshua was told, The five kings have been found hidden in the cave of Makkar. 18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones, and put them upon the mouth of the cave, and leave men there to guard them. 19 Do not stay yourselves, but pursue your enemies and overtake them; and do not let them enter the city; for the LORD your God has delivered them into your hands. 20 When Joshua and the children of Israel had finished slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were annihilated and no survivor was left of them; then they brought the men of Gibeon who had revolted against the kings into their walled cities. 21 And all the people returned in peace to the camp to Joshua at Makkar; and no man 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 to me. 23 And they did as Joshua had commanded them, and they brought to him those five kings 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 when they brought out those kings to Joshua, Joshua called for all the commanders of the armed forces who went with him, and said to them, Come near, and put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of the kings. 25 And Joshua said to them, Fear not, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage; for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom you fight. 26 And after that Joshua slew them, and hanged them on five trees; and they remained hung on the trees until the evening. 27 And at the time of the going down of the sun, Joshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees, and cast them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and laid large stones at the mouth of the cave, which remain to this very day."

"28 ∂ And the same day Joshua captured Makkar, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and he slew the king thereof and all the persons that were in it; he left none remaining; and he did to the king of Makkar as he had done to the king of Jericho. 29 Then Joshua passed from Makkar, and all Israel with him, to Libnah, and they fought against Libnah; 30 And the LORD delivered it also into the hand of Israel, and they smote it and its king with the edge of the sword, and all the persons that were in it; he left none remaining in it; but Joshua did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho. 31 And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, to Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it; 32 And the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, and he captured it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the persons that were in it, as he had done to Libnah. 33 Then Harmon the king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people with the edge of the sword until he had left him none remaining. 34 And Joshua passed from Lachish, and all Israel with him to Eglon, 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 persons that were in it, as he had done to Lachish. 36 And Joshua went up from Eglon and all Israel with him, to Hebron; and they fought against it; 37 And they captured it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and its king and all its towns and all the persons that were in it; he left none remaining, as he had done to Eglon; but destroyed it utterly, and all the persons that were in it. 38 Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought against it; 39 And he captured it and its king and all its towns; and they smote them with the edge of the sword and utterly destroyed all the persons that were in it; and he left none remaining; as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir and to its king; as he had done to Libnah and to its king. 40 So Joshua smote all the land, the mountain region, the southern region, the plain, and Ashdod, and all their kings; he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all their armies, as the LORD God of Israel had commanded him. 41 So Joshua smote them from Rakim-gia as far as Gaza, and all the country of Goshen as far as Gibeon. 42 And Joshua conquered all these kings and their countries at one time; because the LORD God of Israel was with him, and it was he who fought for Israel. 43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal."

"11:1 ∂ AND when Nabin king of Hazur heard of these things, he sent to Jobab king of Meron, and to the king of Shamrin, and to the king of Achshaph, 2 And to the kings that were north of him in the mountains, and to the south, and in the plain of Chinnereth, and in the valleys and in Napotdor on the west, 3 And to the Canaanites on the east and on the west, and to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Jebusites in the mountains, and to the Hivites below mount Hermon in the land of Mizpeh. 4 And they came out with all their hosts, many people, as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with many horses and chariots. 5 And when all these kings were met together, they came and encamped together at the waters of Meron, and prepared to fight against Israel. 6 And the LORD said to Joshua, Do not be afraid of them; for tomorrow about this time I will cause them to be routed before Israel; and I will annihilate their horses and burn their chariots with fire. 7 So Joshua came suddenly to the waters of Meron, he and all the people of war who were with him; and they fell upon them. 8 And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, who smote them and pursued them as far as great Zidon, and to the lake, and as far as the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them, and they left none remaining. 9 And Joshua did to them as the LORD had told him: he utterly destroyed their horses and burned their chariots with fire."

"10 ∂ And Joshua at that time turned back and took Hazor, and slew its king with the sword; for Hazor before had been the head of all those kingdoms. 11 And they smote with the edge of the sword all the people that were in it, utterly destroying them; there was not a soul left among them; and he burned Hazor with fire. 12 And all the cities of those kings, and all their kings, Joshua took and smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded him. 13 And all the towns that stood on the hills did Israel burn, and Joshua burned Hazor. 14 And all the spoil of these cities and the cattle, the children of Israel took for themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword until they had annihilated them, and they did not leave a soul among them."

"15 ∂ Just as the LORD had commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD had commanded Moses. 16 So Joshua took all that land, the mountain country and all the south country and all the land of the plain and all the mountains and their lowlands; 17 From mount Paleg that goes up to Seir, as far as Gadgad in the valley of Lebanon below mount Hermon; and all their kings Joshua took and slew. 18 Joshua made war for a long time with all those kings. 19 There was not a city that was not delivered up to the children of Israel, and they destroyed it, except the Hivites who dwell in Gibeon, whom Joshua allowed to live, and work for Israel. Now all these kingdoms are seven in number, and Joshua destroyed them all. 20 For it was of the LORD to encourage their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that they might destroy them utterly, and that they might not have compassion upon them, but that they might destroy them, as the LORD had commanded Moses. 21 And at that time came Joshua and smote the giants who were in the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Gebal 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 giants left remaining in the land of the children of Israel; only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, did any remain. 23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD had spoken to Moses; and Joshua gave it as an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war."

"12:1 ∂ NOW these are the kings of the land whom the children of Israel smote, and whose lands they possessed beyond the Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon as far as mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east: 2 Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon and ruled from Adoer, which is on the bank of the river Arnon, and ruled the middle of the valley, and half of Gilead, as far as the river of Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon: 3 And ruled from the plain to the sea of Chinnereth on the east, and to the sea of the plain, the Salt Sea on the east, the way of Beth-Ashimon; and from Teman, which is below the hill of Ashdoth; 4 And the territory of Og king of Bashan, who was of the family of giants, who dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Erdei, 5 And ruled in mount Ashimon, and in Salcah, and in all Bashan, to the border of En-dor and of Maacath, and half Gilead, the border of Sihon king of Heshbon, 6 Whom Moses the servant of the LORD slew, and gave his land for a possession to the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh."

"7 ∂ And these are the kings of the land whom Joshua and the children of Israel slew on this side of Jordan on the west, and from Gilgal which is in the valley of Lebanon as far as the mount of Paleg, that goes up to Seir; whose lands Joshua gave to the tribes of Israel as a possession according to their divisions; 8 In the mountains and in the valleys, in the low plain, in Ashdod, in the desert, and in the south country; the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: 9 These are the kings of the land whom Joshua slew: The king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai, which is beside Beth-el, one; 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 Hirmah, one; 14 The king of Gadar, one; the king of Arad, one; 15 The king of Libnah, one; the king of Adam, one; 16 The king of Makkar, one; the king of Beth-el, one; 17 The king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one; 18 The king of Aphik, one; the king of Nishron, one; 19 The king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one; 20 The king of Shamrin and Meron, one; the king of Achshaph, one; 21 The king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one; 22 The king of Rakim, one; the king of Nokneam and Carmel, one; 23 The king of Dor and of Napodor, one; the king of the low country and of Gilgal, one; 24 The king of Tirzah, one; all the kings whom Joshua slew were thirty-one."

"13:1 ∂ NOW Joshua was old and advanced in years; and the LORD said to him, Behold, you are old and advanced in years, and there remains yet very much land to be possessed. 2 This is the land that yet remains in all regions of the Philistines and in all the country of En-dor, 3 From Sihor, which is before Egypt, as far as the border of Ekron northward, which is counted to the Canaanites; five lords of the Philistines; the Gazathites, the Ashdothites, the Eshkalonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites; and also the Avites to the south; 4 And all the land of the Canaanites, and Maarthah which belongs to the Sidonians, as far as Aphik, to the border of the Amorites; 5 And the land of Gebal, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising, from Gilead below mount Hermon to the entrance of Hamath. 6 All the inhabitants of the mountains from Lebanon to the place of hot waters, and all the Sidonians, will I the LORD drive out from before the children of Israel; only divide the land by lot to the Israelites as I have commanded you."

"7 ∂ Now therefore divide this land as an inheritance to the nine tribes, and the half tribe of Manasseh along with them, 8 Because the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half of the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance which Moses gave them beyond the Jordan eastward, as my servant Moses gave them; 9 From Adoer, which is on the bank of the river Arnon, and the city which is in the middle of the valley, and all the plain which is westward as far as Ribon; 10 And all the towns of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, to the border of the children of Ammon; 11 And Gilead, and the territory of En-dor and of Koros, and all mount Hermon, and all Mathnin to Salcah; 12 All the kingdom of Og in Mathnin, who reigned in Ashtaroth and in Erdei, who was left of the remnant of the giants, whom Moses slew, and Israel possessed their land. 13 Nevertheless the children of Israel did not destroy the people of En-dor and Koros; so the En-dorites and the Korosites dwell among the children of Israel until this day. 14 Only to the tribe of Levi he gave no inheritance, because the offerings of the LORD God of Israel are their inheritance, as Moses had said. 15 And Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of the Reubenites according to their families. 16 And their territory was from Adoer, which is on the bank of the river Arnon, and the town which is in the middle of the valley, and all the plain as far as Riba; 17 And Heshbon, and all the towns which are in the plain; Ribon and Math-Baal and Beth-beni-ammon 18 And Jahaz and Kermoth and Aenath 19 And Koriathaim and Shammah and Jazreth and Seir on the mount of the valley 20 And Beth-peor and Ashtaroth and Pisgah and Beth-jeshimoth 21 And all the cities of the plain and all the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses and the children of Israel slew in Midian, both him and his princes, Evi, Rakim, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, the five princes of Sihon, who dwelt in the land. 22 Balaam also, the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword along with the rest of them that were slain by them. 23 And the border of the Reubenites was the region of the Jordan. This is the inheritance of the Reubenites according to their families, the cities and the villages thereof. 24 And Moses gave an inheritance to the tribe of Gad, according to their families. 25 And their territory was Jazer and all the cities of Gilead and half the land of the children of Ammon to Adoer which is before Rabbath; 26 And from Heshbon to Ramath-mizpah, and Betonin; and from Mahanaim to the border of Debir; 27 And in the valley, Beth-atim and Beth-nimrah and Succoth and the region northward and the rest of the kingdom of Sihon king of Heshbon, and their borders extended as far as the Jordan, and to the edge of the sea of Chinnereth beyond the Jordan eastward. 28 This is the inheritance of the Gadites by their families, the cities and their villages. 29 And Moses gave an inheritance to the half tribe of Manasseh; and this was the possession of the half tribe of Manasshites by their families. 30 And their territory was from Mahanaim, all Mathnin, all the kingdom of Og king of Mathnin, and all the villages of Jair, which are in Mathnin, sixty towns; 31 And half Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Mathnin. These cities and their villages Moses gave to the children of Machir the son of Manasseh, to the half of the children of Machir by their families. 32 These two tribes and the half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses gave an inheritance in the plains of Moab, beyond the Jordan, eastward. 33 But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; because, as he said to them, the LORD God of Israel was their inheritance."

"14:1 ∂ 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 as inheritance to them. 2 By lot was their inheritance divided, as the LORD had commanded by the hand of Moses, to be given to the nine tribes and to the half tribe. 3 For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and a half tribe beyond the Jordan; but to the Levites he gave no inheritance. 4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim; therefore he gave no portion to the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance. 5 As the LORD commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel, and they divided the land."

"6 ∂ Then the children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal; and Caleb the son of Jophaniah the Kenezite said to Joshua, You know the thing that the LORD spoke to Moses his servant concerning me and you at Rakim-gia. 7 I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Rakim-gia to spy out the land; and I brought him word again as it was in my heart. 8 Nevertheless our brethren who went up with us made the heart of the people quake; but I wholly followed the LORD my God. 9 And Moses swore at that time, saying, Surely the land on which your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance, and your childrenís forever, because you have wholly followed the LORD God. 10 And now, behold, the LORD has given us rest, as he said; behold, it is forty-five years since the LORD spoke this word to Moses, while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, lo, I am this day eighty-five years old, 11 And today I am as strong as the day when Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so is my strength now, for war, both to go out and to come in. 12 Now therefore give me this mountain, of which the LORD spoke on that day; for you have heard on that day how the giants were there, and that the cities were great and fortified; perhaps the LORD will be with me, and I shall destroy them, as the LORD said. 13 And Joshua blessed Caleb the son of Jophaniah, and gave him Hebron and its environs as an inheritance. 14 Hebron therefore and its environs became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jophaniah the Kenezite to this day, because he wholly followed the LORD God of Israel. 15 And the name of Hebron and its environs before was Koriath-arba, which belonged to the giants. And the land rested from war."

"15:1 ∂ THIS then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah by their families; it extended to the border of Edom, to the wilderness of Zin, to the uttermost of the southern border. 2 And their south border was from the southern end of the Salt Sea, and from thence went up to the bay that faces southward; 3 And it went out toward the ascent of Akrakam, and passed along to Zin, then went up on the south side of Rakim-gia, and passed along to Hezroth, and went up to Adar, and circled Karka; 4 Then it passed along to Azmon, and went out to the river of Egypt; and the limits of the border were at the sea; this shall be your south boundary. 5 And the east boundary was from the farthest end of the Salt Sea, as far as the mouth of the Jordan. And the border on the north side was from the bay of the Sea at the mouth of the Jordan; 6 And the border went up to Leban, which belongs to the descendants of Reuben, 7 And then the border went up toward Debir from the valley of Achar and so northward, turning toward Galilee, which is opposite the slope of Ramin, which is on the south side of the river; and the border passed toward the En-shemesh, and the limits of the border were at En-dogel; 8 And the border went up to the valley of the son of Hinnom to the south side of the Jebusite city, which is Jerusalem; and the boundary went up to the top of the mountain that lies before the valley of the son of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the Giants: 9 And the border ran from the top of the mountain to the fountain of the waters of Nephtoah, and thence to the tip of mount Ebron; then the border ran to Baalah, which is Koriath-narin; 10 And the border continued from Baalah westward to mount Seir, and passed along to the side of mount Narim, that is Chesalon, on the north side, and went down to Beth-shemesh, and passed along to the south; 11 And the border went out to the side of Ekron northward; and the border was drawn to Shicron, and passed along to mount Baalah, and went out to Jahbael; and the limits of the border were at the Great Sea. 12 And the west border was extended to the Great Sea, and the coast thereof. This is the boundary of the descendants of Judah according to their families."

"13 ∂ And to Caleb the son of Jophaniah Joshua gave a portion among the children of Judah, according to the commandment of the LORD. And Caleb said to Joshua, Give me this Koriath-arba which belongs to the father of giants; and Joshua gave to Caleb Koriath-arba, that is, Hebron. 14 And Caleb slew there the three descendants of giants, Sheshai and Ahiman and Tholmai, the descendants of the giants. 15 And he went up thence against the inhabitants of Debir; and the name of Debir before was Koriath-sepra. 16 And Caleb said, Whoever takes Koriath-sepra and destroys it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. 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, when she became his wife, she desired from her father a field as an inheritance; and she alighted from her ass; and Caleb said to her, What troubles you, my daughter? 19 She said to him, Give me a blessing; because you have given me a heritage in the south land; give me also this pool of water. And Caleb gave her the upper pool and the lower pool."

"20 ∂ This is the inheritance of the tribe of the descendants of Judah by their families. 21 And the uttermost cities of the tribe of the descendants of Judah extended toward the border of Edom southward. These are the names of the cities of the descendants of Judah: Kabzeel, Eder, Jagur, 22 Kinah, Jarmonah, Gadgada, 23 Kedesh, Hazor, Nathnin, 24 Zib, Atlam, Bealoth, 25 Hazor, Hadattah, Koriath-hezron, 26 Amam, Ashma, Moladah, 27 Hazar-ada, Heshmon, Beth-palet, 28 Darath-taaley, Beer-sheba, Beer-jothanah, 29 Baalah, Allan, Azem, 30 Altlam, Achsin, Hirmah, 31 Zinklag, Marmanah, Samsalah, 32 Lebaoth, Shaloh, and Airmon, all the cities are thirty-six with their villages; 33 And in the valley, Eshtaol, Zedaa, Ashtnah, 34 Khokh, En-gahom, Patoh, Eliam, 35 Jarmuth, Arlam, Socoh, Azekah, 36 Shatin, Azilthaim, Gathar, Geth-ronin; fifteen cities with their villages; 37 Zalan, Harshah, Migdal-gad, 38 Dilban, Kaspa, Nakthael, 39 Lachish, Ezkat, Eglon, 40 Cebshon, Lahmish, Kithlish, 41 Gederoth, Beth-dagon, Naamah, Nakdah; sixteen cities with their villages; 42 Libnah, Ether, Naphtah, 43 Ashan, Ashia, Zinklag, 44 Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah; nine cities with their villages; 45 Ekron, with its towns and its villages westward; 46 And all the land of Ashdod with its villages; 47 And Ashdod with its villages and farm lands, Gaza with its towns and farm lands, to the river of Egypt, and the Great Sea, with its coast; 48 And in the mountains, Shamir, Jattir, and Socoh, 49 Rannah, Koriath-sepra, that is, Debir, 50 Ganab, Eshtemoa, Elian, 51 Eshian, Holon, and Giloh; eleven towns with their villages; 52 Jab, Romah, Ashan, 53 Jalom, Beth-tappuah, Aphekah, 54 Humta, Koriath-arba, that is, Hebron, and Zebaon; nine cities with their villages; 55 Maon, Carmel, Zib, Atna, 56 Jezreel, Nekemaam, Zaloh, 57 Cain, Gibeah, and Timnah; ten cities with their villages; 58 Halhul, Beth-zur, Gedar, 59 Maarath, Beth-anoth, and Lath-kin; six cities with their villages: 60 Rabbath, and Koriath-baal, that is, Koriath-narin; two cities with their villages; 61 In the wilderness, Beth-arabah, Midian, Secasah, 62 Jashan, Air-mehel, and En-gad; six cities with their villages. 63 As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the descendants of Judah could not destroy them; so the Jebusites dwell among the descendants of Judah at Jerusalem to this day."

"16:1 ∂ AND the lot of the descendants of Joseph fell from the Jordan by Jericho to the waters of Jericho on the east, into the wilderness that goes up from Jericho to mount Beth-el, 2 And goes out from Beth-el to Luz, and then passes along to the border of Ebra and Ataroth, 3 And goes down westward to the border of Palta, as far as the border of Beth-hauran, the lower, then to Gadar; and its limits extended to the sea. 4 So the descendants of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their inheritance."

"5 ∂ And the border of the descendants of Ephraim according to their families was thus: the boundary of their inheritance was Ataroth and Addar, as far as Beth-hauran, the upper; 6 Then the border went westward to the northern portion; after which the border turned eastward below Shiloh, and passed by it on the east of Jaloh; 7 And it went down from Jaloh to Ataroth and Jagrath and Pagar, and came to Jericho, and went out of Tappuah to the Jordan; 8 And the border went out westward to the river Kabah; and the limits thereof were at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the descendants of Ephraim by their families. 9 And the cities which were set apart for the descendants of Ephraim were within the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages. 10 And they did not destroy the Canaanites that dwelt in Gadar; so the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites to this day, but they were brought into subjection, and they pay tribute."

"17:1 ∂ AND Gilead became the lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the first-born of Joseph; to Machir the first-born of Manasseh, the father of Gilead; because he was the first-born and a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Mathnin. 2 And became also the portion for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the descendants of Abiezer and for the descendants of Helek and for the descendants of Neshrael and for the descendants of Shopam and for the descendants of Hepher and for the descendants 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 Joah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. 4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes of Israel, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren; so he gave us according to the command of the LORD, among the brothers of our father. Now therefore give us an inheritance among the brethren of our father. So Joshua gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father. 5 And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Mathnin, which were on the other side of the Jordan; 6 Because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance among his sons; and the land of Gilead fell to the lot of the rest of the sons of Manasseh."

"7 ∂ And the border of Manasseh was from the boundary of Maacath, which lies on the right hand of the inhabitants of En-tappuah. 8 Thus their land was in the region of Tappuah and Patah, which became the boundary to the descendants of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and to the Ephraimites; 9 And the boundary went down to the river of the Sea, to the south of the river of the cities which belong to Ephraim among the cities of Manasseh; and the border of Manasseh ran on the north side of the river, and the outgoings thereof reached to the sea; 10 The land to the south went to Ephraim, and that to the north to Manasseh, and the sea as their border; and they met together in Asher on the north, and in Issachar on the east. 11 And Manasseh had opposite Issachar and Asher, Beth-shean and its towns, and Neb-leam and its towns, and En-dor and its towns, and Taanach and its towns, and Megiddo and its towns, three districts. 12 Yet the Israelites could not destroy these cities, because the Canaanites took refuge and dwelt in them. 13 But when the children of Israel became strong, they subdued the Canaanites and made them pay tribute; but did not utterly destroy them."

"14 ∂ And the descendants of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, Why have you given us but one portion to inherit, seeing we are a numerous people, forasmuch as the LORD has blessed us hitherto? 15 Joshua said to them, If you are a numerous people, then go up on the side of the mountain, and choose for yourselves a portion in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim is too narrow for you. 16 And the descendants of Joseph said, The mountain and the cities of the Perizzites are not enough for us; for the Canaanites still dwell in the land of the valley, and in Beth-shean and its towns, and in the valley of Jezreel. 17 Then Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and Manasseh, saying, You are a numerous people, and have a great power; if one portion is not enough for you, 18 Then choose for yourselves the mountain, and it will be enough for you, and the slopes of the mountain and its limits shall be yours; and you shall destroy the Canaanites and the Perizzites, though they have great iron chariots, and though they are strong."

"18:1 ∂ THEN 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. 3 And Joshua said to the children of Israel, How long will you be backward about going in and possessing the land which the LORD God of your fathers has given you? 4 Choose for yourselves three men from each tribe; and I will send them, and they shall rise and go through the land, and survey and describe it according to their inheritance; and they shall come again to me. 5 And they shall divide the land into seven parts; Judah shall remain in their territory on the south, and the house of Joseph shall remain in their territory on the north. 6 And you shall therefore map out the land into seven parts, and then bring the map here, and I will cast lots for you here before the LORD our God. 7 But the Levites have no part among you; for the priesthood of the LORD is their inheritance; and Gad and Reuben and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan to the east, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave them. 8 And the men arose and went away; and Joshua charged those who went to map the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and map it, and come again here to me, that I may cast lots for you before the LORD in Shiloh. 9 And the men went and passed through the land, and mapped it by towns into seven parts on a scroll, and came again to Joshua at the city of Shiloh. 10 And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD; and there Joshua divided the land to the children of Israel into districts."

"11 ∂ And the lot of the tribe of Benjamin came up according to their families; and the territory of their inheritance came forth between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph. 12 And their border on the north side was from the Jordan; and the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north side, and went up through the mountain westward; and the extreme limits thereof were at the wilderness of Beth-aon. 13 And the border went over from thence toward Luz, to the side of Luz, that is Beth-el, southward; then the border descended to Ataroth-adar, upon the mountain that lies south of lower Beth-hauran. 14 And the border extended to the side of the sea southward, from the mountain that lies before Beth-hauran southward; and the limits thereof were at Koriath-baal, which is Koriath-narin, a city of the children of Judah: this is the sea side. 15 And the southern boundary was from the end of Koriath-narin, and the border went out to the sea, and went out to the fountain of waters of Naphtali: 16 Then the border descended to the end of the mountain that lies before the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is in the valley of the Giants on the north, and went down to the valley of the son of Hinnom, to the side of the Jebusites on the south, then descended to En-dogel, 17 And was drawn from the north, and went to the En-shemesh, and thence towards Galilee, which is opposite the ascent of Ramin, then descended to Leban, and Bohan which belonged to the son of Reuben, 18 And passed along towards the side which is opposite the plain northward, and went down to the plain; 19 Then the border passed along to the side of Beth-hoglah northward; and the limits of the border were at the northern bay of the Salt Sea at the side of the Jordan southward; this was the south border. 20 And the Jordan was its border on the east side. This was the inheritance of the children of Benjamin, by the borders 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, Beth-hoglah, Amak, and Keziz, 22 Beth-arabah, Zemaraim, Beth-el, 23 Avin, Parah, Ophrah, 24 Chephar-aomka, Ophli, and Gaba; fourteen cities with their villages; 25 Gibeon, Ramtha, Beeroth, 26 Mizpah, Chepirah, Mozah, 27 Rakim, Repeel, Taralah, 28 Zelah, Geberah, and Jebusi, that is, Jerusalem, Gibeath, and Koriathaim; fourteen cities with their villages. This is the inheritance of the children of Benjamin according to their families."

"19:1 ∂ AND the second lot came forth 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 Beer-sheba, Sheba, Moladah, 3 Darath-taley, Balah, and Azem, 4 Eltolad, Beth-el, Hirmah, 5 Zinklag, Beth-marcaboth, Hazar-susah, 6 Beth-lebaoth, and Sharwenan; fourteen cities and their villages; 7 Ain, Remmon, Gather, and Ashan; four cities and their villages; 8 And all the villages that were round about these cities as far as Labath, Beth-ramtha 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; because the portion of the children of Judah was too much for them; therefore the children of Simeon inherited some of their inheritance."

"10 ∂ And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families; and the border of their inheritance extended as far as Ashdod; 11 And their border went up westward, and to Ramath-taley, and reached to Debbashet, then reached to the river that is before Nekemaam; 12 Then turned from Ashdod eastward toward the sunrise to the border of Chisloth and Bethor, and then extended to Rabbath, and went up to Naphia, 13 And from thence passed along eastward to Gath, to Hepher, to Attah, and to Kazin, and then went out to Remmon, and Mathwa, and Awa; 14 And the border turned around the north side of Haditon; and the limits thereof ended at the Valley of Chiphtanael; 15 And Kattath, Jahallal, Shamrin, Aralah and Beth-lehem; twelve cities with their villages. 16 This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families."

"17 ∂ And the fourth lot came out to the children of Issachar, according to their families. 18 And their border included Jezreel, Chesulloth, Shunem, 19 Haphraim, Shinan, Ahtar, 20 Deblath, Kishon, Apaz, 21 Ramath-en, Einjan, En-hadah, and Beth-pizian; 22 And the border reached to Tabor, Shahazimah, and Beth-shemesh; and the limits of their border were at the Jordan; thirteen 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 Haklath, Hali, Batan, Achshaph, 26 Amlekh, Amcar and Amshael; and reached to Carmel westward, and to Shihor, and to Labeth; 27 And then it turned toward the sunrise to Beth-dagon, and reached to Zebulun, and to the valley of Niphtahael toward the north side, and to Beth-aomka, and Nell, and it went out northward to Cobel, 28 And Ebron, Rehob, Hammon, and Kaah, as far as great Zidon; 29 And then the border turned to Ramtha, as far as the strong city of Tyre: the border then turned to Has; and the limits thereof reached to the west of the valley of Achzib; 30 Umkah also Aphik, and Rehob; twenty-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 ∂ And the sixth lot went to the children of Naphtali, according to their families. 33 And their border was from Halpa, from Allon, and from Zinaam, Adama, Nekeb, and Nakbael, to Lakum; and the limits thereof were at the Jordan; 34 And then the boundary turned westward to Aznoth-boz, and went out from there to Hakik, and reached to Zebulun on the south side, and reached to Asher on the west side, and to Judah at the Jordan toward the sunrise. 35 And the great cities were Tyre, Zidon, Hammath, Karath, Chinnereth, 36 Adamah, Damah, Hazor, 37 Kedesh, Edrei, En-zur, 38 Dion, Migdal-el, Hadon, Beth-anoth, and Beth-shemesh; nineteen cities with their villages. 39 This is the inheritance of the tribe of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages."

"40 ∂ And the seventh lot went to the tribe of Dan according to their families. 41 And the border of their inheritance was Zidah, Eshtaol, Kerith-shemish, 42 Shaalabbin, Ajalon, Nethlah, 43 Elon, Timmnah, Ekron, 44 Elkath, Gibbethon, Baalath, 45 Jehudith, Beldabak, Gath-rimmon, 46 Mehrikon, and Carkon, as far as the territory which is opposite Elath. 47 And the territory of the children of Dan was not sufficient for them; therefore the Danites went up and fought against Eino, and captured it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt in it, and called Eino, Dan, after the name of Dan their father. 48 This is the inheritance of the tribe of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages."

"49 ∂ When they had finished dividing the land as their inheritance and delineating its boundaries, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the son of Nun among them; 50 According to the word of the LORD they gave him the city which he asked, Timnath-serah on mount Ephraim; and he built the city and dwelt in it. 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 Israel divided by lot at Shiloh before the LORD, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So they completed the division of the land."

"20:1 ∂ THEN the LORD said to Joshua, 2 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Reserve for you cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through my servant Moses; 3 That the slayer who kills any person suddenly and unwittingly may flee there; and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood. 4 And when he that shall flee to one of these cities shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city, and shall speak to the elders of that city and explain his case, they shall take him into the city with them and give him a place, that he may dwell among them. 5 And when the avenger of blood pursues him, then they shall not deliver the slayer into his hand; because he slew his neighbor unwittingly, and did not hate him beforehand. 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 the slayer shall return, and come to his own city and to his own house, to the city from which he fled."

"7 ∂ So they set apart these cities for the places of refuge: Rakim in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Koriath-arba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah. 8 And on the other side of the Jordan, east of Jericho, they assigned Bozer in the wilderness, which is situated upon the plain, from the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead, from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Mathnin, from the tribe of Manasseh. 9 These were the cities set apart for all the children of Israel and for the strangers that sojourned among them, that any one who killed a person unawares might flee there, and not be delivered into the hand of the avenger of blood, until he had stood before the congregation."

"21:1 ∂ THEN the chiefs of the priests and the Levites came near to Eleazar the priest and to Joshua the son of Nun and to the heads of the fathers of the tribes of Israel, 2 And they said to them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, The LORD commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for our cattle. 3 And the children of Israel gave to the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs. 4 And lots were drawn for the families of the Kohathites; and the children of Aaron the priest, who were of the Levites, had by lot from the tribe of Judah, from the tribe of Simeon, and from the tribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities. 5 And the rest of the Kohathites had by lot from the tribe of Ephraim, from the tribe of Dan, and from the half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities. 6 And the Gershonites had by lot from the tribe of Issachar, from the tribe of Asher, from the tribe of Naphtali, and from the half tribe of Manasseh in Mathnin, thirteen cities. 7 And the descendants of Merari by their families had from the tribe of Reuben, from the tribe of Gad, and from the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities. 8 And the children of Israel gave by lot to the Levites these cities with their suburbs, as the LORD had commanded Moses."

"9 ∂ These are the names of the cities which they gave out of the tribe of Judah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, each city mentioned by its name. 10 They became the property of the descendants of Aaron, being of the family of the Kohathites, who were the children of Levi, for theirs was the first lot. 11 And they gave them Koriath-arba, which belonged to the father of giants, that is, Hebron, on the mountain of Judah, with its suburbs round about it. 12 But the fields of the city, with its villages, they gave to Caleb the son of Jophaniah for his possession. 13 Thus they gave to the children of Aaron the priest, Hebron, the city of refuge for the slayers, with its suburbs, and Libnah with its suburbs, 14 And Jarath with its suburbs, and Eshtemoa with its suburbs. 15 Halol with its suburbs, Debir with its suburbs, 16 Ain with its suburbs, Aata with its suburbs, and Beth-shemesh with its suburbs; nine cities out of the tribes of Judah and Simeon. 17 And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with its suburbs, Geba with its suburbs, 18 Anathoth with its suburbs, and Almon with its suburbs: four cities. 19 All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priest, were thirteen cities with their suburbs. 20 And for the families of the Kohathites, the Levites, that remained of the children of Kohath, they had the cities of their lot out of the tribe of Ephraim. 21 For they gave them Shechem, the city of refuge for the slavers, with its suburbs, on mount Ephraim, Gedar with its suburbs, 22 Kibzaim with its suburbs, and Beth-hauran with its suburbs; four cities. 23 And out of the tribe of Dan, Ethleka with its suburbs, Gibethen with its suburbs, 24 Aijalon with its suburbs, and Gath-rimmon with its suburbs; four cities with their suburbs. 25 And out of the half tribe of Manasseh, Tanach with its suburbs, and Gath-rimmon with its suburbs; two cities with their suburbs. 26 All the towns and the cities were ten with their suburbs which went for the remaining families of the Kohathites. 27 And the Gershonites, of the families of the Levites, had their cities out of the half tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Mathnin, the city of refuge for the slayer, with its suburbs, and Ashteroth with its suburbs; two cities with their suburbs. 28 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishian with its suburbs, Rabbath with its suburbs, 29 Jarmuth with its suburbs, En-gad with its suburbs; four cities with their suburbs. 30 And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with its suburbs, Acron with its suburbs, 31 Helkath with its suburbs, and Rehob with its suburbs; four cities with their suburbs. 32 And out of the tribe of Naphtali, Rakim in Galilee with its suburbs, the city of refuge for the slayer, Hammoth-dor with its suburbs, and Kartan with its suburbs; three cities with their suburbs. 33 All the cities of the families of the Gershonites were thirteen cities with their suburbs. 34 And the children of Merari, the rest of the Levites, received their cities out of the tribe of Reuben, Jahaz with its suburbs, Kermoth with its suburbs, Kiriathim with its suburbs, 35 And Ahshemoth with its suburbs, four cities with their suburbs. 36 And out of the tribe of Zebulun, Nacah with its suburbs, Karthan with its suburbs, 37 Ramin with its suburbs, and Jahlah with its suburbs, four cities with their suburbs. 38 And out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with its suburbs, the city of refuge for the slayer, and Mahanaim with its suburbs, 39 Heshbon with its suburbs, and Jazer with its suburbs; four cities with their suburbs. 40 So all the cities for the children of Merari by their families, who were remaining of the families of the Levites, were by their lot twelve cities with their suburbs. 41 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty-eight cities with their suburbs. 42 These cities with their towns were situated thus, each town with its suburbs round about it; thus were all these towns with their cities."

"43 ∂ And the LORD gave to Israel all the land which he had sworn to give to their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. 44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he swore to their fathers; and there stood not a man of their enemies before them, but the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hands. 45 There failed not one of the good things which the LORD has spoken to the house of Israel; all came to pass."

"22:1 ∂ THEN Joshua called the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh, 2 And said to them, You have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I have commanded you; 3 You have not deserted your brethren these many days even to this time, but have kept the commandments of the LORD your God. 4 And now the LORD your God has given rest to your brethren, as he promised them; therefore now return, and go to your towns and to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side of the Jordan to the east. 5 But only take diligent heed to observe the commandments and the laws which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, to keep his commandments, and to cleave to 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 to their towns. 7 Now to the half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given an inheritance in Mathnin; but to the other half thereof Joshua had given an inheritance among their brethren on this side of the Jordan to the west. And when Joshua sent them away to their towns, he blessed them; 8 And he spoke to them, saying, Return to your towns and to the land of your inheritance with much wealth and with very many cattle, with silver, with gold, with brass, with iron, and with very much clothing; divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren. 9 So the Reubenites and the Gadites 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 to the land of Gilead, to the land of their possessions, in which they were given an inheritance, according to the word of the LORD by the hand of Moses."

"10 ∂ And when they came to Gilgal, which is by the side of the Jordan in the land of Canaan, the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by the Jordan, a large and remarkable altar. 11 And the children of Israel heard it said, Behold, the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh have built an altar at the border of the land of Canaan, in Gilgal which is by the side of the Jordan, in the land of the children of Israel. 12 Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel gathered themselves together at Shiloh to go to war against them. 13 And the children of Israel sent to the Reubenites and to the Gadites 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, one prince from every tribe of Israel; and these men were chiefs of the armies of Israel. 15 And they came to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half tribe of Manasseh, in the land of Gilead, and they spoke with them, saying. 16 Thus says the whole congregation of the LORD, What treachery is this which you have committed against the God of Israel, in turning away from following the LORD, in that you have builded yourselves an altar, that you might abandon the worship of the LORD? 17 Is the iniquity of Peor not enough for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD? 18 And as for you, when you turned away this day from the worship of the LORD, tomorrow the anger will be against the whole congregation of Israel. 19 If, however, the land of your possession is unclean, then pass over to the land of the possession of the LORD, where the LORDíS tabernacle dwells, and inherit land among us; but do not disdain the worship of the LORD, nor rebel against us by building for yourselves an altar beside the altar of the LORD the God of Israel. 20 Did you not see that when Achar the son of Carmi coveted and took the devoted things, wrath fell upon the whole congregation of Israel? He was but one man, yet he devoured us all in his iniquity."

"21 ∂ Then the Reubenites the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh answered and said to Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest and to the heads of the armies of Israel, 22 The LORD is the God of gods, the God of gods is the LORD, and he is our God, and he knows Israel and he knows us also; if we shall depart from him, or if we shall transgress against the worship of the LORD in doing this thing, then let him not save us this day. 23 And if we have built us an altar to turn from the worship of the LORD, or to offer upon it burnt offerings, or use it for any other service, let the LORD himself seek vengeance against us; 24 And if we have not rather done this thing because of reverence to him, so that in time to come your children might not say to our children, What have you to do with the LORD God of Israel, O you Reubenites and Gadites? 25 For the LORD has made the Jordan a boundary between us and you; now therefore you have no part in the LORD; so in time to come shall your children make our children cease from worshipping the LORD. 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 between our generations after us, and between ourselves and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings and with our sacrifices and with our peace offerings, in the place where the LORD chooses to dwell; so that your children may not say to our children in time to come, You have no part in the LORD. 28 Therefore we said that it shall be, if they should ever speak to us or to our generations in time to come, then we may say to them, Behold the pattern of the altar of the LORD which our fathers made not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but to be a witness between us and you. 29 God forbid that we should reject the worship of the LORD, and turn away from revering him, and build for ourselves an altar for burnt offerings, for gift offerings, or for sacrifices, besides the altar of the LORD God of Israel that is before his tabernacle."

"30 ∂ And when Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest and the princes of the congregation and the heads of the armies of Israel who were with him heard the words that the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them. 31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said to the Reubenites and to the Gadites and to the half tribe of Manasseh. This day we know that the LORD is among us, because you have not committed this trespass against the LORD; now you have delivered the children of Israel, that the hand of the LORD might not be against them with wrath. 32 Then Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the princes who were with him, returned from the Reubenites and from the Gadites and the Manashites, out of the land of Gilead, to the land of Canaan, to the children of Israel, and brought them an answer. 33 And the answer pleased the children of Israel; and the children of Israel blessed God, and decided not to go up against them to battle to destroy the land wherein the Reubenites and the Gadites and the Manashites dwelt. 34 And the Reubenites and the Gadites and the Manashites called the altar which they had made, The Altar of Testimony, for it is a witness between us that the LORD is the only God."

"23:1 ∂ AND it came to pass after a long time, when the LORD had given rest to Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua was old, and well advanced in years. 2 And Joshua summoned all Israel, their elders, their heads, their judges, and their scribes, and said to them, I am old and well advanced in years; 3 And you have seen all that the LORD your God has done to all these nations, which he destroyed from before you; for it is the LORD your God who has fought for you. 4 Behold, I have not divided to you the land of these nations that remain, in the inheritance of your tribes; but from the Jordan, all the nations that I have destroyed, even to the Great Sea westward, have I divided among you. 5 The LORD your God will defeat them, and destroy them from before you; and you shall possess their land, as the LORD your God has promised you. 6 Only be strong to keep and do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, the servant of God, and not turn aside from it, neither to the right hand nor to the left; 7 And you shall not mix with these nations that remain among you; neither make mention of the names of their gods, nor swear by them, neither serve them, nor worship them; 8 But cleave to the LORD your God, as you have done even to this day. 9 For the LORD has destroyed from before you great and strong nations; and no man has been able to stand against you to this day. 10 One man of you shall chase a thousand; for the LORD your God is with you, he it is who fights for you, as he has promised you."

"11 ∂ Take good heed therefore to yourselves, to revere the LORD your God. 12 For if you ever turn back and join the remnant of these nations that remain among you and make marriages with them and mix with them and they with you; 13 Then know for sure that the LORD your God will no more destroy these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps to you, and spears in your sides and fishhooks in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you. 14 And as for me, I am now 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 promises which the LORD your God spoke concerning you; all have come to pass to you, and not one thing has failed. 15 Therefore, just as all the good things have come upon you which the LORD your God promised, so shall come upon you all the curses, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you; 16 If you should transgress against the covenant of the LORD your God and against the commandments which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and worship them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land which he has given you."

"24:1 ∂ AND Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, their heads, their judges, and their scribes; and they presented themselves before God in front of the tabernacle of the congregation. 2 And Joshua said to all the people, Thus says the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the river Euphrates in olden times, even Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nachor; and they served there other gods. 3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the river Euphrates, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his offspring, and I gave him Isaac, 4 And I gave to Isaac, Jacob and Esau; and I gave to Esau mount Seir for a possession; but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt. 5 I sent Moses and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, and performed wonders among them; and afterward I brought you out. 6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt; and I brought them to the sea; and the Egyptians pursued your fathers with chariots and horsemen to the Red Sea. 7 And when your fathers cried to the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and then the LORD divided the Red Sea, and brought your fathers through the midst thereof; then he brought the sea upon the Egyptians, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I did to the Egyptians; and I brought you to the wilderness, and you dwelt in the wilderness a long time. 8 And I brought you to the land of the Amorites, who dwelt on the other side of the Jordan; and they fought with you; and I delivered them into your bands, and I destroyed them from before you and you possessed their land. 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moabites, arose and fought against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you; 10 But I would not hearken to Balaam; therefore he blessed you still; so I delivered you from his hands. 11 And you crossed the Jordan, and came to Jericho; and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hittites, the Girgasites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hands. 12 And I sent raiders before you, and I destroyed from before you the two kings of the Amorites; but not with your swords, nor with your bows. 13 And I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; and behold, you eat of vineyards and olive yards which you did not plant. 14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth; and put away out of your heart the strange gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river Euphrates, and in Egypt; and serve the LORD."

"15 ∂ And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods; 17 For it is the LORD our God who has brought us up out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who performed those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed; 18 And the LORD destroyed from before us all these peoples, the Amorites in whose land we dwell; the LORD destroyed them from before us; therefore we will serve the LORD; for he is the only God, and he is our God. 19 And Joshua said to the people, Behold, but it may be you cannot serve the LORD faithfully; for he is a holy God and a zealous God; he may not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If you forsake the LORD and serve strange gods of the land, then the LORD will turn and do you harm, and consume you after having been good to you. 21 And the people said to Joshua, Nay, we will not serve any other, but we will serve the LORD God. 22 And Joshua said to the people, You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23 Then Joshua said to them, Now therefore put away the strange gods which are among you, and incline your hearts to the LORD God of Israel. 24 And the people said to Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and taught them the commandments and the ordinances in Shechem. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27 And Joshua said to all the people. Behold, this stone shall be a witness against us; for it has heard all the words of the LORD which he spoke to us; it shall be therefore a witness against you, lest you deal treacherously with the LORD your God. 28 And after Joshua had charged the people, he sent them away, every man to his inheritance."

"29 ∂ And it came to pass after these things, Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being a hundred and ten years old. 30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is on mount Ephraim, on the north side of mount Gaash. 31 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, and who had known all the works of the LORD that he had done for Israel. 32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up from Egypt, they buried in Shechem in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred ewes; and it became the inheritance of the descendants of Joseph. 33 And Eleazar the priest, the son of Aaron the priest, died; and they buried him at Gibaatha that belongs to Phinehas his son, which was given him on mount Ephraim."