1:1 Now after the death of Moses the
servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua
the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
1:2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore
arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land
which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
1:3 Every place that the sole of your foot
shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
1:4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon
even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the
Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun,
shall be your coast.
1:5 There shall not any man be able to
stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I
will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
1:6 Be strong and of a good courage: for
unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which
I sware unto their fathers to give them.
1:7 Only be thou strong and very
courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law,
which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right
hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.
1:8 This book of the law shall not depart
out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that
thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein:
for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have
1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong
and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for
the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
1:10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of
the people, saying,
1:11 Pass through the host, and command the
people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall
pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.
1:12 And to the Reubenites, and to the
Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,
1:13 Remember the word which Moses the
servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath
given you rest, and hath given you this land.
1:14 Your wives, your little ones, and your
cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side
Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty
men of valour, and help them;
1:15 Until the LORD have given your
brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the
land which the LORD your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto
the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD's
servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.
1:16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All
that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us,
we will go.
1:17 According as we hearkened unto Moses
in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be
with thee, as he was with Moses.
1:18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel
against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all
that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and
of a good courage.
2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of
Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even
Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab,
and lodged there.
2:2 And it was told the king of Jericho,
saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of
Israel to search out the country.
2:3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab,
saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered
into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.
2:4 And the woman took the two men, and hid
them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence
2:5 And it came to pass about the time of
shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither
the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall
2:6 But she had brought them up to the roof
of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid
in order upon the roof.
2:7 And the men pursued after them the way
to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them
were gone out, they shut the gate.
2:8 And before they were laid down, she
came up unto them upon the roof;
2:9 And she said unto the men, I know that
the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon
us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.
2:10 For we have heard how the LORD dried
up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and
what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other
side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
2:11 And as soon as we had heard these
things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage
in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven
above, and in earth beneath.
2:12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto
me by the LORD, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also
shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token:
2:13 And that ye will save alive my father,
and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they
have, and deliver our lives from death.
2:14 And the men answered her, Our life for
yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD
hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.
2:15 Then she let them down by a cord
through the window: for her house was upon the town wall, and she
dwelt upon the wall.
2:16 And she said unto them, Get you to the
mountain, lest the pursuers meet you; and hide yourselves there three
days, until the pursuers be returned: and afterward may ye go your
2:17 And the men said unto her, We will be
blameless of this thine oath which thou hast made us swear.
2:18 Behold, when we come into the land,
thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou
didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother,
and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.
2:19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall
go out of the doors of thy house into the street, his blood shall be
upon his head, and we will be guiltless: and whosoever shall be with
thee in the house, his blood shall be on our head, if any hand be upon
2:20 And if thou utter this our business,
then we will be quit of thine oath which thou hast made us to swear.
2:21 And she said, According unto your
words, so be it. And she sent them away, and they departed: and she
bound the scarlet line in the window.
2:22 And they went, and came unto the
mountain, and abode there three days, until the pursuers were
returned: and the pursuers sought them throughout all the way, but
found them not.
2:23 So the two men returned, and descended
from the mountain, and passed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun,
and told him all things that befell them:
2:24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly the LORD
hath delivered into our hands all the land; for even all the
inhabitants of the country do faint because of us.
3:1 And Joshua rose early in the morning;
and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the
children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over.
3:2 And it came to pass after three days,
that the officers went through the host;
3:3 And they commanded the people, saying,
When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the
priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place,
and go after it.
3:4 Yet there shall be a space between you
and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it,
that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed
this way heretofore.
3:5 And Joshua said unto the people,
Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you.
3:6 And Joshua spake unto the priests,
saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the
people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the
3:7 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day
will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may
know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee.
3:8 And thou shalt command the priests that
bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of
the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan.
3:9 And Joshua said unto the children of
Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God.
3:10 And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know
that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive
out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites,
and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the
3:11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the
LORD of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan.
3:12 Now therefore take you twelve men out
of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man.
3:13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as
the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD,
the LORD of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that
the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down
from above; and they shall stand upon an heap.
3:14 And it came to pass, when the people
removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing
the ark of the covenant before the people;
3:15 And as they that bare the ark were
come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were
dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks
all the time of harvest,)
3:16 That the waters which came down from
above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that
is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the
plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people
passed over right against Jericho.
3:17 And the priests that bare 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 were passed clean over Jordan.
4:1 And it came to pass, when all the
people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua,
4:2 Take you twelve men out of the people,
out of every tribe a man,
4:3 And command ye them, saying, Take you
hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests'
feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you,
and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.
4:4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom
he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man:
4:5 And Joshua said unto them, Pass over
before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take
you up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the
number of the tribes of the children of Israel:
4:6 That this may be a sign among you, that
when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What
mean ye by these stones?
4:7 Then ye shall 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 shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for
4:8 And the children of Israel did so as
Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of
Jordan, as the LORD spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the
tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto
the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
4:9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the
midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare
the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.
4:10 For the priests which bare the ark
stood in the midst of Jordan, until everything was finished that the LORD
commanded Joshua to speak unto the people, according to all that Moses
commanded Joshua: and the people hasted and passed over.
4:11 And it came to pass, when all the
people were clean passed over, that the ark of the LORD passed over,
and the priests, in the presence of the people.
4:12 And the children of Reuben, and the
children of Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh, passed over armed
before the children of Israel, as Moses spake unto them:
4:13 About forty thousand prepared for war
passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.
4:14 On that day the LORD magnified Joshua
in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses,
all the days of his life.
4:15 And the LORD spake unto Joshua,
4:16 Command the priests that bear the ark
of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.
4:17 Joshua therefore commanded the
priests, saying, Come ye up out of Jordan.
4:18 And it came to pass, when the priests
that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the
midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up
unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their
place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.
4:19 And the people came up out of Jordan
on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the
east border of Jericho.
4:20 And those twelve stones, which they
took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal.
4:21 And he spake unto the children of
Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to
come, saying, What mean these stones?
4:22 Then ye shall let your children know,
saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.
4:23 For the LORD your God dried up the
waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD
your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until
we were gone over:
4:24 That all the people of the earth might
know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD
your God for ever.
5:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings
of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all
the kings of the Canaanites, which were by the sea, heard that the LORD
had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel,
until we were passed over, that their heart melted, neither was there
spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.
5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua,
Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel
the second time.
5:3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and
circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.
5:4 And this is the cause why Joshua did
circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males,
even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they
came out of Egypt.
5:5 Now all the people that came out were
circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by
the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not
5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty
years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war,
which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the
voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew
them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would
give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
5:7 And their children, whom he raised up
in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised,
because they had not circumcised them by the way.
5:8 And it came to pass, when they had done
circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the
camp, till they were whole.
5:9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day
have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the
name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.
5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in
Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at
even in the plains of Jericho.
5:11 And they did eat of the old corn of
the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and
parched corn in the selfsame day.
5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow
after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the
children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of
the land of Canaan that year.
5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was
by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there
stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and
Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our
5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of
the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the
earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his
5:15 And the captain of the LORD's host
said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place
whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
6:1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up
because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.
6:2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I
have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the
mighty men of valour.
6:3 And ye shall compass the city, all ye
men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six
6:4 And seven priests shall bear before the
ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall
compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the
6:5 And it shall come to pass, that when
they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound
of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the
wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up
every man straight before him.
6:6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the
priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let
seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the
6:7 And he said unto the people, Pass on,
and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark
of the LORD.
6:8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had
spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven
trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the
trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.
6:9 And the armed men went before the
priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward came after the
ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
6:10 And Joshua had commanded the people,
saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice,
neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid
you shout; then shall ye shout.
6:11 So the ark of the LORD compassed the
city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in
6:12 And Joshua rose early in the morning,
and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.
6:13 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 rereward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests
going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
6:14 And the second day they compassed the
city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days.
6:15 And it came to pass on the seventh
day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed
the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they
compassed the city seven times.
6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh
time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the
people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.
6:17 And the city shall be accursed, even
it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall
live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the
messengers that we sent.
6:18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves
from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye
take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and
6:19 But all the silver, and gold, and
vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall
come into the treasury of the LORD.
6:20 So the people shouted when the priests
blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the
sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that
the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city,
every man straight before him, and they took the city.
6:21 And they utterly destroyed all that
was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep,
and ass, with the edge of the sword.
6:22 But Joshua had said unto the two men
that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house, and bring
out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.
6:23 And the young men that were spies went
in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her
brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred,
and left them without the camp of Israel.
6:24 And they burnt the city with fire, and
all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels
of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.
6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot
alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she
dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers,
which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time,
saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth
this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his
firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.
6:27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his
fame was noised throughout all the country.
7:1 But the children of Israel committed a
trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son
of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the
accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the
children of Israel.
7:2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai,
which is beside Bethaven, on the east of Bethel, and spake unto them,
saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
7:3 And they returned to Joshua, and said
unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three
thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour
thither; for they are but few.
7:4 So there went up thither of the people
about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
7:5 And the men of Ai smote of them about
thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even
unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts
of the people melted, and became as water.
7:6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell
to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the
eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
7:7 And Joshua said, Alas, O LORD God,
wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver
us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had
been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!
7:8 O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel
turneth their backs before their enemies!
7:9 For the Canaanites and all the
inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round,
and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy
7:10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get
thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
7:11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also
transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even
taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled
also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
7:12 Therefore the children of Israel could
not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their
enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any
more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.
7:13 Up, sanctify the people, and say,
Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of
Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel:
thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the
accursed thing from among you.
7:14 In the morning therefore ye shall be
brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe
which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof;
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.
7:15 And it shall be, that he that is taken
with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he
hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and
because he hath wrought folly in Israel.
7:16 So Joshua rose up early in the
morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah
7:17 And he brought the family of Judah;
and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of
the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken:
7:18 And he brought his household man by
man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah,
of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
7:19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son,
give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make
confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not
7:20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said,
Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus
have I done:
7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly
Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of
gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and,
behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the
silver under it.
7:22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they
ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver
7:23 And they took them out of the midst of
the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of
Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.
7:24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him,
took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the
wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his
asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they
brought them unto the valley of Achor.
7:25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou
troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel
stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had
stoned them with stones.
7:26 And they raised over him a great heap
of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his
anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of
Achor, unto this day.
8:1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear
not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee,
and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of
Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
8:2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as
thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the
cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an
ambush for the city behind it.
8:3 So Joshua arose, and all the people of
war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty
men of valour, and sent them away by night.
8:4 And he commanded them, saying, Behold,
ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not
very far from the city, but be ye all ready:
8:5 And I, and all the people that are with
me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they
come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them,
8:6 (For they will come out after us) till
we have drawn them from the city; for they will say, They flee before
us, as at the first: therefore we will flee before them.
8:7 Then ye shall rise up from the ambush,
and seize upon the city: for the LORD your God will deliver it into
8:8 And it shall be, when ye have taken the
city, that ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment
of the LORD shall ye do. See, I have commanded you.
8:9 Joshua therefore sent them forth: and
they went to lie in ambush, and abode between Bethel and Ai, on the
west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the people.
8:10 And Joshua rose up early in the
morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of
Israel, before the people to Ai.
8:11 And all the people, even the people of
war that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the
city, and pitched on the north side of Ai: now there was a valley
between them and Ai.
8:12 And he took about five thousand men,
and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side
of the city.
8:13 And when they had set the people, even
all the host that was on the north of the city, and their liers in
wait on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of
8:14 And it came to pass, when the king of
Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city
went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time
appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were liers in
ambush against him behind the city.
8:15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if
they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.
8:16 And all the people that were in Ai
were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after
Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.
8:17 And there was not a man left in Ai or
Bethel, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open,
and pursued after Israel.
8:18 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch
out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into
thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand
toward the city.
8:19 And the ambush arose quickly out of
their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand:
and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the
city on fire.
8:20 And when the men of Ai looked behind
them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to
heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the
people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.
8:21 And when Joshua and all Israel saw
that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city
ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of Ai.
8:22 And the other issued out of the city
against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side,
and some on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of
them remain or escape.
8:23 And the king of Ai they took alive,
and brought him to Joshua.
8:24 And it came to pass, when Israel had
made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the
wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on
the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the
Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword.
8:25 And so it was, that all that fell that
day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of
8:26 For Joshua drew not his hand back,
wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed
all the inhabitants of Ai.
8:27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that
city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word
of the LORD which he commanded Joshua.
8:28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an
heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.
8:29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree
until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that
they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the
entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of
stones, that remaineth unto this day.
8:30 Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD
God of Israel in mount Ebal,
8:31 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 hath lift up
any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and
sacrificed peace offerings.
8:32 And he wrote there upon the stones a
copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the
children of Israel.
8:33 And all Israel, and their elders, and
officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that
side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the
covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among
them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over
against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded
before, that they should bless the people of Israel.
8:34 And afterward he read all the words of
the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written
in the book of the law.
8:35 There was not a word of all that Moses
commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of
Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that
were conversant among them.
9:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings
which were on this side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and
in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite,
and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the
Jebusite, heard thereof;
9:2 That they gathered themselves together,
to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.
9:3 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon
heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,
9:4 They did work wilily, and went and made
as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses,
and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up;
9:5 And old shoes and clouted upon their
feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision
was dry and mouldy.
9:6 And they went to Joshua unto the camp
at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come
from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us.
9:7 And the men of Israel said unto the
Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a
league with you?
9:8 And they said unto Joshua, We are thy
servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come
9:9 And they said unto him, From a very far
country thy servants are come because of the name of the LORD thy God:
for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
9:10 And all that he did to the two kings
of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon,
and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth.
9:11 Wherefore our elders and all the
inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you
for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your
servants: therefore now make ye a league with us.
9:12 This our bread we took hot for our
provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you;
but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy:
9:13 And these bottles of wine, which we
filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments
and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.
9:14 And the men took of their victuals,
and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.
9:15 And Joshua made peace with them, and
made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the
congregation sware unto them.
9:16 And it came to pass at the end of
three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard
that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.
9:17 And the children of Israel journeyed,
and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were
Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjathjearim.
9:18 And the children of Israel smote them
not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by
the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the
9:19 But all the princes said unto all the
congregation, We have sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel: now
therefore we may not touch them.
9:20 This we will do to them; we will even
let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we
sware unto them.
9:21 And the princes said unto them, Let
them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto
all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.
9:22 And Joshua called for them, and he
spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, We are
very far from you; when ye dwell among us?
9:23 Now therefore ye are cursed, and there
shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and
drawers of water for the house of my God.
9:24 And they answered Joshua, and said,
Because it was certainly told thy servants, how that the LORD thy 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.
9:25 And now, behold, we are in thine hand:
as it seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do.
9:26 And so did he unto them, and delivered
them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them
9:27 And Joshua made them that day hewers
of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar
of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.
10:1 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedec
king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly
destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done
to Ai and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace
with Israel, and were among them;
10:2 That they feared greatly, because
Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it
was greater than Ai, and all the men thereof were mighty.
10:3 Wherefore Adonizedec king of
Jerusalem, sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of
Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon,
10:4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we
may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the
children of Israel.
10:5 Therefore the five kings of the
Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of
Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves
together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before
Gibeon, and made war against it.
10:6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua
to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants;
come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us: for all the kings of
the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against
10:7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he,
and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valour.
10:8 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear
them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a
man of them stand before thee.
10:9 Joshua therefore came unto them
suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.
10:10 And the LORD discomfited them before
Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased
them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to
Azekah, and unto Makkedah.
10:11 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 unto Azekah, and they
died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the
children of Israel slew with the sword.
10:12 Then spake Joshua 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 thou still upon
Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon
stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is
not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the
midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
10:14 And there was no day like that before
it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for
the LORD fought for Israel.
10:15 And Joshua returned, and all Israel
with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.
10:16 But these five kings fled, and hid
themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
10:17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The
five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.
10:18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones
upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them:
10:19 And stay ye not, but pursue after
your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter
into their cities: for the LORD your God hath delivered them into your
10:20 And it came to pass, when Joshua and
the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very
great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained
of them entered into fenced cities.
10:21 And all the people returned to the
camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any
of the children of Israel.
10:22 Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of
the cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the cave.
10:23 And they did so, and brought forth
those five kings unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the
king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king
10:24 And it came to pass, when they
brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the
men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went
with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And
they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.
10:25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not,
nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD
do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.
10:26 And afterward Joshua smote them, and
slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon
the trees until the evening.
10:27 And it came to pass at the time of
the going down of the sun, that Joshua commanded, and they took them
down off the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been
hid, and laid great stones in the cave's mouth, which remain until
this very day.
10:28 And that day Joshua took Makkedah,
and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he
utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were therein; he let
none remain: and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did unto the
king of Jericho.
10:29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and
all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah:
10:30 And the LORD delivered it also, and
the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the
edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none
remain in it; but did unto the king thereof as he did unto the king of
10:31 And Joshua passed from Libnah, and
all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought
10:32 And the LORD delivered Lachish into
the hand of Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with
the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according
to all that he had done to Libnah.
10:33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to
help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left
him none remaining.
10:34 And from Lachish Joshua passed unto
Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped against it, and
fought against it:
10:35 And they took it on that day, and
smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were
therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had
done to Lachish.
10:36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, and
all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it:
10:37 And they took it, and smote it with
the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities
thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining,
according to all that he had done to Eglon; but destroyed it utterly,
and all the souls that were therein.
10:38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel
with him, to Debir; and fought against it:
10:39 And he took it, and the king thereof,
and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the
sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left
none remaining: as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to
the king thereof; as he had done also to Libnah, and to her king.
10:40 So Joshua smote all the country of
the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and
all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all
that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded.
10:41 And Joshua smote them from
Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto
10:42 And all these kings and their land
did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for
10:43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel
with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.
11:1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king
of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon,
and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph,
11:2 And to the kings that were on the
north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in
the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west,
11:3 And to the Canaanite on the east and
on the west, and to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite,
and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in
the land of Mizpeh.
11:4 And they went out, they and all their
hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea
shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.
11:5 And when all these kings were met
together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to
fight against Israel.
11:6 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not
afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver
them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and
burn their chariots with fire.
11:7 So Joshua came, and all the people of
war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they
fell upon them.
11:8 And the LORD delivered them into the
hand of Israel, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and
unto Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they
smote them, until they left them none remaining.
11:9 And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.
11:10 And Joshua at that time turned back,
and took Hazor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Hazor
beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms.
11:11 And they smote all the souls that
were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them:
there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire.
11:12 And all the cities of those kings,
and all the kings of them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the
edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them, as Moses the servant
of the LORD commanded.
11:13 But as for the cities that stood
still in their strength, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only;
that did Joshua burn.
11:14 And all the spoil of these cities,
and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto
themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until
they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe.
11:15 As the LORD commanded Moses his
servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left
nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses.
11:16 So Joshua took all that land, the
hills, and all the south country, and all the land of Goshen, and the
valley, and the plain, and the mountain of Israel, and the valley of
11:17 Even from the mount Halak, that goeth
up to Seir, even unto Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon under mount
Hermon: and all their kings he took, and smote them, and slew them.
11:18 Joshua made war a long time with all
11:19 There was not a city that made peace
with the children of Israel, save the Hivites the inhabitants of
Gibeon: all other they took in battle.
11:20 For it was of the LORD to harden
their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he
might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favour, but
that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.
11:21 And at that time came Joshua, and cut
off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab,
and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of
Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities.
11:22 There was none of the Anakims left in
the land of the children of Israel: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in
Ashdod, there remained.
11:23 So Joshua took the whole land,
according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for
an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their
tribes. And the land rested from war.
12:1 Now these are the kings of the land,
which the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land on the
other side Jordan toward the rising of the sun, from the river Arnon
unto mount Hermon, and all the plain on the east:
12:2 Sihon king of the Amorites, who dwelt
in Heshbon, and ruled from Aroer, which is upon the bank of the river
Arnon, and from the middle of the river, and from half Gilead, even
unto the river Jabbok, which is the border of the children of Ammon;
12:3 And from the plain to the sea of
Chinneroth on the east, and unto the sea of the plain, even the salt
sea on the east, the way to Bethjeshimoth; and from the south, under
12:4 And the coast of Og king of Bashan,
which was of the remnant of the giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at
12:5 And reigned in mount Hermon, and in
Salcah, and in all Bashan, unto the border of the Geshurites and the
Maachathites, and half Gilead, the border of Sihon king of Heshbon.
12:6 Them did Moses the servant of the LORD
and the children of Israel smite: and Moses the servant of the LORD gave it for a possession unto the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the
half tribe of Manasseh.
12:7 And these are the kings of the country
which Joshua and the children of Israel smote on this side Jordan on
the west, from Baalgad in the valley of Lebanon even unto the mount
Halak, that goeth up to Seir; which Joshua gave unto the tribes of
Israel for a possession according to their divisions;
12:8 In the mountains, and in the valleys,
and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness, and in
the south country; the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, the
Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites:
12:9 The king of Jericho, one; the king of
Ai, which is beside Bethel, one;
12:10 The king of Jerusalem, one; the king
of Hebron, one;
12:11 The king of Jarmuth, one; the king of
12:12 The king of Eglon, one; the king of
12:13 The king of Debir, one; the king of
12:14 The king of Hormah, one; the king of
12:15 The king of Libnah, one; the king of
12:16 The king of Makkedah, one; the king
of Bethel, one;
12:17 The king of Tappuah, one; the king of
12:18 The king of Aphek, one; the king of
12:19 The king of Madon, one; the king of
12:20 The king of Shimronmeron, one; the
king of Achshaph, one;
12:21 The king of Taanach, one; the king of
12:22 The king of Kedesh, one; the king of
Jokneam of Carmel, one;
12:23 The king of Dor in the coast of Dor,
one; the king of the nations of Gilgal, one;
12:24 The king of Tirzah, one: all the
kings thirty and one.