0 SAB Joshua 9

And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees. 10:26

Trivia: What did God tell Joshua to do after the Israelites crossed the Jordan River in Joshua 4?



Joshua enslaves the Gibeonites

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;

2 That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.


3 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,

4They 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;

5And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy.

The Gibeonites heard about the massacres at Jericho and Ai, and they wanted to avoid becoming Joshua's next genocide victims.

So they came up with a plan.

They pretended to be travelers from afar by dressing in old clothes, with old bread and wine.

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.

7 And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?

Then they went to Joshua and said to him,
We are from a faraway country.

Make a treaty with us.

8 And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye?

Joshua said,

Who are you and where are you from?

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,

10And 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.

The Gibeonites said,
We are from a faraway country.

We heard about what your God did in Egypt, and to Sihon and Og.

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.

So our elders said,
Take some food and go meet with the Israelites and say to them,
We are your servants.

Make a treaty with us.

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:

So here is some bread that was hot from our ovens, although now it's dry and moldy.

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.

And here are some bottles of wine.

They were new when we filled them, but now they're all split.

And our clothes and shoes are worn out from the journey.

14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.

The Israelites looked at their food, but didn't ask for advice from God's mouth.

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.

So Joshua made peace with them and agreed to let them live.

And the princes swore to them.

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.

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.

Three days later, the Israelites found out that the Gibeonites were their neighbors.

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 princes.

The Israelites didn't smite them, since their princes swore that they wouldn't.

And the people murmured against them.

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.

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.

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.

The princes said to the people,
We swore to them by God, so now we can't touch them.

We must let them live or God's wrath will be upon us.

So we'll let them live, but make them chop wood and fetch water for us.

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?

Joshua called the Gibeonites and said to them,
Why did you lie to us?

You said you were from a faraway country.

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.

So now you are cursed.

You will be slaves and never be free. [1]

You'll chop our wood and fetch water for God's house.

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.

The Gibeonites answered Joshua,
We heard about how God had given you all the land and commanded you to kill all the inhabitants.

So we were afraid for our lives.

That's why we said we were from a faraway country.

25 And now, behold, we are in thine hand: as it seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do.

26 And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not.

But now we're in your hands.

Do whatever you want to us.

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.

So Joshua made them choppers of wood and fetchers of water.

They are still doing that to this day.


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