Gibeon's crafty league
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
Yeshua and with Israel, with one accord.
9:3 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon
heard what Yeshua 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 Yeshua 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 ya'll a league with us.
9:7 And the men of Israel said unto the
Hivites, Peradventure ya'll stay among us; and how shall we make a
league with you?
9:8 And they said unto Yeshua, We [are] your servants. And
Yeshua said unto them, Who [are] ya'll? and where do ya'll come from?
9:9 And they said unto him, From a very
far country your servants are come because of the name of the LORD
your God for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in
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 ya'll 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
9:14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not
[counsel] at the mouth of the LORD.
9:15 And Yeshua made peace with them, and made a league with
them, to let them live and the princes of the congregation sware
Their servantage to Israel
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 struck 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 princes.
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,
unless wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto
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 Yeshua called for them, and he spake unto them,
saying, Wherefore have ya'll beguiled us, saying, We [are] very far
from you; when ya'll stay among
9:23 Now therefore ya'll [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 Yeshua, and said, Because it was
certainly told your servants, how that 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
9:25 And now, behold, we [are] in your hand as it seems
good and right unto ya'll 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 not.
9:27 And Yeshua 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.
Main Index || Joshua Index
1|| Chapter 2 || Chapter 3
4 || Chapter 5 || Chapter
6 || Chapter 7 || Chapter 8
9 || Chapter 10
11 || Chapter 12 || Chapter 13
14 || Chapter 15 || Chapter
16 || Chapter 17 || Chapter 18
19 || Chapter 20
21 || Chapter 22 || Chapter 23