Chapter 9

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 to 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 to the camp at Gilgal, and said to 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 to the Hivites, Peradventure ya'll stay among us; and how shall we make a league with you?
9:8 And they said to Yeshua, We [are] your servants. And Yeshua said to them, Who [are] ya'll ? and where do ya'll come from?
9:9 And they said to 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 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 to 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 to 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 Yeshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live and the princes of the congregation sware to them.

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 to 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 to them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes.
9:19 But all the princes said to all the congregation, We have sworn to 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 to them.
9:21 And the princes said to them, Let them live ; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water to all the congregation ; as the princes had promised them.
9:22 And Yeshua called for them, and he spake to 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 thing.
9:25 And now, behold, we [are] in your hand as it seems good and right to ya'll to do to us, do.
9:26 And so did he to 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 to this day, in the place which he should choose.

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