Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law, which Moses My servant commanded you, do not turn from it [to] the right hand or [to] the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
This Book of the law will not depart out of your mouth; but you will meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein, for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
"Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, 'Prepare victuals; for within three days you will pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the Lord your God gives you to possess it.'"
Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, will remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side of Jordan; but you will pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valor, and help them;
Until the Lord has given your brethren rest, as [He has given to] you, and they also have possessed the land which the Lord your God gives them, then you will return to the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses, the Lord's servant, gave to you on this side of Jordan toward the sunrising."
And Joshua, the son of Nun, sent out two men of Shittim to spy secretly, saying, "Go view the land, even Jericho." And they went, and came into a harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
And it came to pass [about the time] of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out, where the men went, I do not know, pursue after them quickly; for you will overtake them."
For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you, when you came out of Egypt; and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites, who [were] on the other side of Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.
And as soon as we had heard [these things], our hearts melted, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you, for the Lord your God, He [is] God in heaven above, and in earth beneath.
Behold, [when] we come into the land, you will bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which you let us down by, and you will bring your father, and your mother, and your brethren, and all your father's household, home to you.
And it will be, [that] whoever will go out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood [will be] upon his head, and we [will be] guiltless, and whoever will be with you in the house, his blood [will be] on our head, if [any] hand is upon him.
And they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then you will remove from your place, and go after it.
Yet there will be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure, do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed [this] way three days ago."
And Joshua said, "Hereby you will know that the living God [is] among you, and [that] He will, without failure, drive out the Canaanites from before you, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.
And it will come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, will rest in the waters of Jordan, [that] the waters of Jordan will be cut off [from] the waters that come down from above; and they will stand upon a heap."
And as those who bore the ark were brought to Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark were dipped in the brim of the water (for Jordan overflows all his banks all the time of harvest),
That the waters which came down from above stood [and] rose up upon a heap very far from the city Adam, that [is] beside Zaretan, and those who came down toward the sea of the plain, [even] the Salt Sea, failed, [and] were cut off, and the people passed over right against Jericho.
And the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people had passed clean over Jordan.
And command them, saying, 'Take from here out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones, and you will carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where you will lodge this night.'"
And Joshua said to them, "Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of 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.
Then you will answer them, 'That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off, and these stones will be for a memorial to the Children of Israel forever.'"
And the Children of Israel did as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord spoke 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.
For the priests who bore the ark stood in the midst of Jordan, until everything was finished that the Lord commanded Joshua to speak to the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua, and the people hasted and passed over.
And it came to pass, when the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord were brought up out of the midst of Jordan, [and] the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up to the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned to their place, and flowed over all his banks, as [they did] before.
For the Lord your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until you had passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up from before us, until we had gone over.
And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, who [were] on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, who [were] by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the Children of Israel, until we had passed over, that their hearts melted, neither was there spirit in them anymore, because of the Children of Israel.
And this [is] the cause why Joshua circumcised, all the people who came out of Egypt, [who were] males, [even] all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt.
For the Children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the people [who were] men of war, who came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord, to whom the Lord swore that He would not show them the land, which the Lord swore to their fathers that He would give to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.
And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither did the Children of Israel have manna anymore; but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him, and said to him, "[Are] you for us, or for our adversaries?"
And he said, "No; but I have now come [as] captain of the host of the Lord." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and prostrated, and said to him, "What does my Lord say to His servant?"
And it will come to pass, that when they make a long [blast] with the ram's horn, [and] when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people will shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people will ascend up, every man straight before him.
And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the Lord, and blew with the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them.
And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, "You will not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither will [any] word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you to shout; then you will shout."
And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord went on continually, and blew with the trumpets, and the armed men went before them; but the rear guard came after the ark of the Lord, [the priests] going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and encompassed the city after the same manner seven times, only on that day they encompassed the city seven times.
And the city will be accursed, [even] it and all who [are] therein, to the Lord, only Rahab the harlot will live, she and all who [are] with her in the house, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.
And you, in any wise keep [yourselves] from the accursed thing, unless you make [yourselves] accursed, when you take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
So the people shouted when [the priests] blew with the trumpets, and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
And the young men who were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them outside the camp of Israel.
And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwells in Israel [even] to this day; because she hid the messengers, whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
And Joshua adjured [them] at that time, saying, "Cursed [is] the man before the Lord, who rises up and builds this city Jericho, he will lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest [son] he will set up the gates of it."
But the Children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing, and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the Children of Israel.
And they returned to Joshua, and said to him, "Do not let all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and strike Ai; [and] do not make all the people to labor there; for they [are but] few."
And the men of Ai struck of them, about thirty six men, for they chased them [from] before the gate [even] to Shebarim, and struck them in the going down, therefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
And Joshua said, "Alas, O Lord God, why have You at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would God [will that] we had been content, and dwelt on the other side of Jordan!
Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them, for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and also dissembled, and they have put [it] even among their own stuff.
Therefore the Children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, [but] turned [their] backs before their enemies, because they were accursed, neither will I be with you anymore, unless you destroy the accursed from among you.
[Get] up, sanctify the people, and say, 'Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, for thus the Lord says God of Israel, '[There is] an accursed thing in the midst of you, O Israel, you cannot stand before your enemies, until you take away the accursed thing from among you.'
In the morning therefore you will be brought according to your tribes, and it will be, [that] the tribe which the Lord takes will come according to the families [thereof]; and the family which the Lord will take will come by households; and the household which the Lord will take will come man by man.
And it will be, [that] he who is taken with the accursed thing will be burnt with fire, he and all that he has, because he has transgressed the covenant of the Lord, and because he has done folly in Israel."
When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they [are] hidden in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it."
And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan, the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his donkeys, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the valley of Achor.
And they raised over him a great heap of stones to this day. So the Lord turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, to this day.
And the Lord said to Joshua, "Do not fear, neither be dismayed, take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai, see, I have given the king of Ai into your hand, and his people, and his city, and his land.
And you will do to Ai and her king as you did to Jericho and her king, only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, you will take for a prey to yourselves; lay an ambush for the city behind it."
And all the people, [even the people] of war who [were] with him, went up, and drew near, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai, now [there was] a valley between them and Ai.
And when they had set the people, [even] all the host that [was] on the north of the city, and their liers in wait on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of the valley.
And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw [it], that they hastened and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he did not know that [there were] liers in ambush against him behind the city.
And the Lord said to Joshua, "Stretch out the spear that [is] in your hand toward Ai; for I will give it into your hand." And Joshua stretched out the spear that [he had] in his hand toward the city.
And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way, and the people who fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.
And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side, and they struck them, so that they let none of them remain or escape.
And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they had all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned to Ai, and struck it with the edge of the sword.
And the king of Ai, he hanged on a tree until evening, and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcass down from the tree, and cast it at the entrance of the gate of the city, and raised thereon a great heap of stones, [that remain] to this day.
As Moses, the servant of the Lord, commanded the Children of Israel, as it is written in the Book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man has lifted up [any] iron, and they offered thereon burnt offerings to the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings.
And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side of the ark and on that side before the priests, the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, as well the stranger, as he who was born among them; half of them over against Mount Gerizim, and half of them over against Mount Ebal; as Moses, the servant of the Lord, had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel.
There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua did not read before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers who were conversant among them.
And it came to pass, when all the kings who [were] on this side of Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard [thereof];
Therefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, 'Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say to them, 'We [are] your servants,' therefore now make a league with us.
And they answered Joshua, and said, "Because it was certainly told to your servants, how the Lord your God commanded His servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this thing.
Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek, king of Jerusalem, had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king; *33:61 - 62 and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;
Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.
And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, "Do not slacken your hand from your servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites who dwell in the mountains have gathered together against us."
And the Lord discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goes up to Bethhoron, and struck them to Azekah, and to Makkedah.
And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, [and] were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the Lord cast down great stones from heaven upon them to Azekah, and they died, [they were] more who died with hailstones than [those] whom the Children of Israel slew with the sword.
Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the Children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, "Sun, stand still upon Gibeon; and Moon, in the valley of Ajalon."
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. [Is] this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down about a whole day. *28:72
And it came to pass, when Joshua and the Children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, until they were consumed, that the rest [who] remained of them entered into fenced cities.
And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings to Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said to the captains of the men of war who went with him, "Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings." And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.
And it came to pass at the time of the setting of the sun, [that] Joshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid great stones in the cave's mouth, [which remains] until this very day.
And that day, Joshua took Makkedah, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, he utterly destroyed, them and all the souls that [were] therein; he let none remain, and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did to the king of Jericho.
And the Lord delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he struck it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that [were] therein; he let none remain in it; but did to the king thereof as he did to the king of Jericho.
And the Lord delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, who took it on the second day, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that [were] therein, according to all that he had done to Libnah.
And they took it on that day, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that [were] therein, he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish.
And they took it, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that [were] therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but utterly destroyed it, and all the souls that [were] therein.
And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they struck them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that [were] therein; he left none remaining, as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had also done to Libnah, and to her king.
So Joshua struck all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings, he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all who breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded. *33:61 - 62
[And to] the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and [to] the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and [to] the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh.
And the Lord said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid because of them, for tomorrow about this time I will deliver them up all slain before Israel, you will hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire."
And the Lord delivered them into the hand of Israel, who struck them, and chased them to great Sidon, and to Misrephothmaim, and to the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they struck them, until they left none remaining.
And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, Joshua took, and struck them with the edge of the sword, [and] he utterly destroyed them, *33:61 - 62 as Moses, the servant of the Lord, commanded.
And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the Children of Israel took for a prey to themselves; but they struck every man with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither did they leave any to breathe.
For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might utterly destroy them, [and] that they might have no favor, but that he might destroy them, as the Lord commanded Moses.
And at that time Joshua came and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel, Joshua utterly destroyed them with their cities.
So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord said to Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.
Now these [are] the kings of the land, whom the Children of Israel struck, and possessed their land on the other side of Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon to Mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east.
Sihon, king of the Amorites, who dwelt in Heshbon, [and] ruled from Aroer, which [is] upon the bank of the river Arnon, and from the middle of the river, and from half Gilead, even to the river Jabbok, [which is] the border of the children of Ammon;
Them did Moses, the servant of the Lord, and the Children of Israel strike, and Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave it [for] a possession to the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh.
And these [are] the kings of the country whom Joshua and the Children of Israel struck on this side of Jordan on the west, from Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon even to the Mount Halak, that goes up to Seir; which Joshua gave to the tribes of Israel [for] a possession according to their divisions;
In the mountains, and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness, and in the south country; the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
From Sihor, which [is] before Egypt, even to the borders of Ekron northward, [which] is counted to the Canaanite, five lords of the Philistines; the Gazathites, and the Ashdothites, the Eshkalonites, the Gittites, and the Ekronites; also the Avites.
All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon to Misrephothmaim, [and] all the Sidonians, I will drive them out from before the Children of Israel, only divide it by lot to the Israelites for an inheritance, as I have commanded you."
And all the cities of the plain, and all the kingdom of Sihon, king of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses struck with the princes of Midian, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, [who were] dukes of Sihon, dwelling in the country.
And the border of the Children of Reuben was Jordan, and the border [thereof]. This [was] the inheritance of the Children of Reuben after their families, the cities and the villages thereof.
And in the valley, Betharam, and Bethnimrah, and Succoth, and Zaphon, the rest of the kingdom of Sihon, king of Heshbon, Jordan and [his] border, [even] to the edge of the sea of Chinnereth on the other side of Jordan eastward.
And half Gilead, and Ashtaroth, and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan, [were pertaining] to the children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, [even] to the one half of the children of Machir by their families.
And these [are the countries] which the Children of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua, the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the Children of Israel, distributed for inheritance to them.
For the Children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim, therefore they gave no part to the Levites in the land, except cities to dwell [in], with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance.
Then the Children of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal, and Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, the Kenezite said to him, "You know the thing that the Lord said to Moses, the man of God, concerning me and you in Kadeshbarnea.
And Moses swore on that day, saying, 'Surely the land whereon your feet have trodden will be your inheritance, and your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.'
And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty five years, even since the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while [the Children of] Israel wandered in the wilderness, and now, look, I [am] eighty five years old this day.
Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakims [were] there, and [that] the cities [were] great [and] fenced, if [it] so is, the Lord [will be] with me, then I will be able to drive them out, as the Lord said."
And it went out to the south side to Maalehacrabbim, and passed along to Zin, and ascended up on the south side to Kadeshbarnea, and passed along to Hezron, and went up to Adar, and fetched a compass to Karkaa.
And the border went up toward Debir from the valley of Achor, and so northward, looking toward Gilgal, that [is] before the going up to Adummim, which [is] on the south side of the river, and the border passed toward the waters of Enshemesh, and the goings out thereof were at Enrogel.
And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom to the south side of the Jebusite; the same [is] Jerusalem, and the border went up to the top of the mountain that [lies] before the valley of Hinnom westward, which [is] at the end of the valley of the giants northward.
And the border was drawn from the top of the hill to the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of Mount Ephron; and the border was drawn to Baalah, which [is] Kirjathjearim.
And the border encompassed from Baalah westward to Mount Seir, and passed along to the side of mount Jearim, which [is] Chesalon, on the north side, and went down to Bethshemesh, and passed on to Timnah.
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 Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at the sea.
And to Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, he gave a part among the Children of Judah, according to the commandment of the Lord to Joshua, [even] the city of Arba the father of Anak, which [city is] Hebron.
The border went out from Tappuah westward to the river Kanah; and the goings out thereof were at the sea. This [is] the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim by their families.
There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he [was] the firstborn of Joseph; [to knowledge], for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead, because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan.
There was also [a lot] for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida, these [were] the male children of Manasseh, the son of Joseph, by their families.
But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters, and these [are] the names of his daughters, Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua, the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, "The Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the Lord, he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.
And the coast descended to the river Kanah, southward of the river, these cities of Ephraim [are] among the cities of Manasseh, the coast of Manasseh also [was] on the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it were at the sea.
And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher, Bethshean and her towns, and Ibleam and her towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Endor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and her towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns, [even] three countries.
Yet it came to pass, when the Children of Israel were waxed strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; *~9:29 but did not utterly drive them out.
And Joshua answered them, "If you [are] a great people, [then] get up to the wood [country], and cut down for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if Mount Ephraim is too narrow for you."
And the Children of Joseph said, "The hill is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, [both those] who [are] of Bethshean and her towns, and [those] who [are] of the valley of Jezreel."
But the mountain will be yours; for it [is] a wood, and you will cut it down, and the outgoings of it will be yours, for you will drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, [and] though they [are] strong."
Give out from among you, three men for [each] tribe, and I will send them, and they will rise, and go through the land, and describe it according to the inheritance of them; and they will come [again] to me.
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 Jordan on the east, which Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave to them."
And the men arose, and went away, and Joshua charged those who went to describe the land, saying, "Go and walk through the land, and describe it, and come again to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the Lord in Shiloh."
And their border on the north side was from Jordan; and the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north side, and went up through the mountains westward; and the goings out thereof were at the wilderness of Bethaven.
And the border went over from there toward Luz, to the side of Luz, which [is] Bethel, southward; and the border descended to Atarothadar, near the hill that [lies] on the south side of the nether Bethhoron.
And the border was drawn [from there], and encompassed the corner of the sea southward, from the hill that [lies] before Bethhoron southward; and the goings out thereof were at Kirjathbaal, which [is] Kirjathjearim, a city of the Children of Judah, this [was] the west quarter.
And the border came down to the end of the mountain that [lies] before the valley of the son of Hinnom, [and] which [is] in the valley of the giants on the north, and descended to the valley of Hinnom, to the side of Jebusi on the south, and descended to Enrogel,
And was drawn from the north, and went forth to Enshemesh, and went forth toward Geliloth, which [is] over against the going up of Adummim, and descended to the stone of Bohan, the son of Reuben,
And the border passed along to the side of Bethhoglah northward, and the outgoings of the border were at the north bay of the Salt Sea at the south end of Jordan, this [was] the south coast.
And Zelah, Eleph, and Jebusi, which [is] Jerusalem, Gibeath, [and] Kirjath; fourteen cities with their villages. This [is] the inheritance of the Children of Benjamin according to their families.
And the second lot came forth to Simeon, [even] for the tribe of the Children of Simeon according to their families, and their inheritance was within the inheritance of the Children of Judah.
Out of the portion of the Children of Judah [was] the inheritance of the Children of Simeon, for the part of the Children of Judah was too much for them, therefore the Children of Simeon had their inheritance within the inheritance of them.
And [then] the coast turns westward to Aznothtabor, and goes out from there to Hukkok, and reaches to Zebulun on the south side, and reaches to Asher on the west side, and to Judah upon Jordan toward the sunrising.
And the coast of the Children of Dan went out [too little] for them, therefore the Children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and struck it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.
These [are] the inheritances, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua, the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the Children of Israel, divided for an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before the Lord, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So they made an end of dividing the country.
And when he who does flee to one of those cities will stand at the entering of the gate of the city, and will declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city, they will take him into the city to them, and give him a place, that he may dwell among them.
And he will dwell in that city, until he stands before the congregation for judgment, [and] until the death of the high priest, who will be in those days, then the slayer will return, and come to his own city, and to his own house, to the city from where he fled."
And on the other side of Jordan by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan, out of the tribe of Manasseh.
These were the cities appointed for all the Children of Israel, and for the stranger who sojourns among them, that whoever kills [any] person unawaringly might flee there, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stands before the congregation.
And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites, and the children of Aaron the priest, [who were] of the Levites, had by lot out of the tribe of Judah, and out of the tribe of Simeon, and out of the tribe of Benjamin, thirteen cities.
And the children of Gershon [had] by lot out of the families of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the half tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.
And to the children of Gershon, of the families of the Levites, out of the [other] half tribe of Manasseh [they gave] Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, [to be] a city of refuge for the slayer; and Beeshterah with her suburbs; two cities.
And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that He swore to their fathers, and a man of all their enemies did not stand before them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand.
And now the Lord your God has given rest to your brethren, as He promised them, therefore return now and get to your tents, [and] to the land of your possession, which Moses, the servant of the Lord, gave to you on the other side of Jordan.
But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses, the servant of the Lord, charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments, and to cleave to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul."
Now to the [one] half of the tribe of Manasseh, Moses had given [possession] in Bashan, but to the [other] half thereof Joshua gave among their brethren on this side of Jordan westward. And when Joshua sent them away also to their tents, then he blessed them,
And he spoke to them, saying, "Return with many riches to your tents, and with many cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much raiment, divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren."
And the Children of Reuben and the Children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh returned, and departed from the Children of Israel out of Shiloh, which [is] in the land of Canaan, to go to the country of Gilead, to the land of their possession, whereof they were in possession, according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.
And when they came to the borders of Jordan, that [are] in the land of Canaan, the Children of Reuben and the Children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh built an altar there by Jordan, a great altar to see.
And the Children of Israel heard [some] say, "Behold, the Children of Reuben and the Children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh, have built an altar over against the land of Canaan, in the borders of Jordan, at the passage of the Children of Israel."
And the Children of Israel sent to the Children of Reuben, and to the Children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest,
"Thus the whole congregation of the Lord says, 'What trespass [is] this that you have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from following the Lord, in that you have built an altar, that you might rebel this day against the Lord?
But that you must turn away this day from following the Lord? And it will be, [seeing] you rebel today against the Lord, that tomorrow He will be wroth with the whole congregation of Israel.
Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession [is] unclean, [then] pass over to the land of the possession of the Lord, wherein the Lord's tabernacle dwells, and take possession among us, but do not rebel against the Lord, nor rebel against us, in building an altar beside the altar of the Lord our God.
That we have built an altar to turn from following the Lord, or if to offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering, or if to offer peace offerings thereon, let the Lord Himself require [it];
And if we have not [rather] done it for fear of [this] thing, saying, 'In time to come, your children might speak to our children, saying, 'What have you to do with the Lord God of Israel?'
For the Lord has made Jordan a border between us and you, you Children of Reuben and Children of Gad; you have no part in the Lord, so your children will make our children cease from fearing the Lord.
But [that] it [may be] a witness between us, and you, 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; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, 'You have no part in the Lord.'
Therefore we said, that it will be, when they should [so] say to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say [again], 'Behold the pattern of the altar of the Lord, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it [is] a witness between us and you.'
God forbid that we should rebel against the Lord, and turn this day from following the Lord, to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat offerings, or for sacrifices, beside the altar of the Lord our God who [is] before His tabernacle."
And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the congregation and heads of the thousands of Israel who [were] with him, heard the words that the Children of Reuben and the Children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spoke, it pleased them.
And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest, said to the Children of Reuben, and to the Children of Gad, and to the children of Manasseh, "This day we perceive that the Lord [is] among us, because you have not committed this trespass against the Lord, now you have delivered the Children of Israel out of the hand of the Lord."
And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest, and the princes, returned from the Children of Reuben, and from the Children of Gad, out of the land of Gilead, to the land of Canaan, to the Children of Israel, and brought them word again.
And the thing pleased the Children of Israel; and the Children of Israel blessed God, and did not intend to go up against them in battle, to destroy the land wherein the Children of Reuben and Gad dwelt.
Behold, I have divided to you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even to the great sea westward.
That you do not come among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear [by them], neither serve them, nor prostrate to them.
Otherwise, if you in any wise do go back, and cleave to the remnant of these nations, [even] these that remain among you, and will make marriages with them, and go in to them, and they to you,
Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no longer drive out [any of] these nations from before you; but they will be snares and traps to you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the Lord your God has given to you.
And, behold, this day I [am] going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you; all were brought to pass to you, [and] not one thing has failed thereof.
Therefore it will come to pass, [that] as all good things are brought upon you, which the Lord your God promised you; so will the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until He has destroyed you from off this good land which the Lord your God has given you.
When you have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which He commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and prostrated to them; then will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and you will perish quickly from off the good land which He has given to you."
And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God.
And Joshua said to all the people, "Thus the Lord says, God of Israel, 'Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the river in old time, [even] Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor, and they served other gods. *6:74, *19:41 - 46, *21:51 - 52, *26:69 - 71, *29:16 - 17, *37:83 - 86, *43:26
And when they cried to the Lord, He put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt, and you dwelt in the wilderness a long season.
And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, who dwelt on the other side of Jordan; and they fought with you, and I gave them into your hand, that you might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.
And you went over Jordan, and came to Jericho, and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.
And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
For the Lord our God, [it is] He who brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and who did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed.
So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, *5:7 and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
And Joshua said to all the people, "Behold, this stone will be a witness to us; for it has heard all the words of the Lord which He spoke to us, it will therefore be a witness to you, unless you deny your God."
And the bones of Joseph, which the Children of Israel brought up out of 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 pieces of silver, and it became the inheritance of the Children of Joseph.