Restored King James Version Book of Joshua
Based on the Authorised Version (King James) with the words "God" and "LORD"
restored to their original words, and various words
(thee, thine, shouldest, crieth, didst, etc) and
constructions (them that, etc) modernized. (This is the YHWH version.
There is also a YHVH version).
1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of YHWH it came to pass,
that YHWH spoke unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan,
you, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to
the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I
given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
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.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before you all the days of
your life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will not fail
you, nor forsake you.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shall you
divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to
7 Only be you strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do
according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded you: turn not
from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper
whithersoever you go.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you
shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your
way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.
9 Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not
afraid, neither be you dismayed: for YHWH your Elohim is with you
whithersoever you go.
10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you
victuals; for within three days you shall pass over this Jordan, to go
in to possess the land, which YHWH your Elohim gives you to possess it.
12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of
Manasseh, spoke Joshua, saying,
13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of YHWH commanded you,
saying, YHWH your Elohim has given you rest, and has given you this
14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the
land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but you shall pass before
your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them;
15 Until YHWH have given your brethren rest, as he has given you, and
they also have possessed the land which YHWH your Elohim gives them:
then you shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it,
which Moses YHWH's servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the
16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that you command us we will
do, and whithersoever you send us, we will go.
17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we
hearken unto you: only YHWH your Elohim be with you, as he was with
18 Whosoever he be that does rebel against your commandment, and will
not hearken unto your words in all that you command him, he shall be put
to death: only be strong and of a good courage.
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 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.
3 And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men
that are come to you, which are entered into your house: for they be
come to search out all the country.
4 And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There
came men unto me, but I knew not whence they were:
5 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 wnow not: pursue
after them quickly; for you shall overtake them.
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.
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
8 And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof;
9 And she said unto the men, I know that YHWH has given you the land,
and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of
the land faint because of you.
10 For we have heard how YHWH dried up the water of the Red sea for
you, when you came out of Egypt; and what you did unto the two kings of
the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you
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 YHWH your Elohim, he is Elohim in heaven above, and in earth
12 Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by YHWH, since I have
showed you kindness, that you will also show kindness unto my father's
house, and give me a true token:
13 And that you will save alive my father, and my mother, and my
brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives
14 And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if you utter not this
our business. And it shall be, when YHWH has given us the land, that we
will deal kindly and truly with you.
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.
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 you go your way.
17 And the men said unto her, We will be blameless of this your oath
which you have made us swear.
18 Behold, when we come into the land, you shall bind this line of
scarlet thread in the window which you did let us down by: and you shall
bring your father, and your mother, and your brethren, and all your
father's household, home unto you.
19 And it shall be, that whosoever shall go out of the doors of your
house into the street, his blood shall be upon his head, and we will be
guiltless: and whosoever shall be with you in the house, his blood shall
be on our head, if any hand be upon him.
20 And if you utter this our business, then we will be quit of your
oath which you have made us to swear.
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.
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.
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
24 And they said unto Joshua, Truly YHWH has delivered into our hands
all the land; for even all the inhabitants of the country do faint
because of us.
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.
2 And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through
3 And they commanded the people, saying, When you see the ark of the
covenant of YHWH your Elohim, and the priests the Levites bearing it,
then you shall remove from your place, and go after it.
4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand
cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that you may know the way by
which you must go: for you have not passed this way heretofore.
5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow
YHWH will do wonders among you.
6 And Joshua spoke 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 people.
7 And YHWH said unto Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify you in
the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses,
so I will be with you.
8 And you shall command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant,
saying, When you are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, you shall
stand still in Jordan.
9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear
the words of YHWH your Elohim.
10 And Joshua said, Hereby you shall know that the living El 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 Jebusites.
11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of Adon (the Lord) of all the earth
passes over before you into Jordan.
12 Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out
of every tribe a man.
13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the
priests that bear the ark of YHWH, Adon (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.
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
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 overflows all his banks all the time of harvest,)
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.
17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of YHWH 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.
1 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over
Jordan, that YHWH spoke unto Joshua, saying,
2 Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,
3 And command you them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of
Jordan, out of the place where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve
stones, and you shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the
lodging place, where you shall lodge this night.
4 Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the
children of Israel, out of every tribe a man:
5 And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of YHWH your
Elohim 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:
6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their
fathers in time to come, saying, What mean you by these stones?
7 Then you shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off
before the ark of the covenant of YHWH; 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 ever.
8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up
twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as YHWH spoke 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.
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.
10 For the priests which bare the ark stood in the midst of Jordan,
until every thing was finished that YHWH commanded Joshua to speak unto
the people, according to all that Moses commanded Joshua: and the people
hasted and passed over.
11 And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over,
that the ark of YHWH passed over, and the priests, in the presence of
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 spoke unto them:
13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before YHWH unto
battle, to the plains of Jericho.
14 On that day YHWH magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and
they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.
15 And YHWH spoke unto Joshua, saying,
16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they
come up out of Jordan.
17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come you up out of
18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the
covenant of YHWH 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.
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.
20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua
pitch in Gilgal.
21 And he spoke unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children
shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones?
22 Then you shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this
Jordan on dry land.
23 For YHWH your Elohim dried up the waters of Jordan from before you,
until you were passed over, as YHWH your Elohim did to the Red sea,
which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over:
24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of YHWH, that
it is mighty: that you might fear YHWH your Elohim for ever.
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 YHWH 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.
2 At that time YHWH said unto Joshua, Make you sharp knives, and
circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
3 And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of
Israel at the hill of the foreskins.
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 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 circumcised.
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 YHWH: unto whom YHWH
sware that he would not show them the land, which YHWH sware unto their
fathers that he would give us, a land that flows with milk and honey.
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.
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.
9 And YHWH 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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Are you for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of YHWH am I now come.
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto
him, What said my Adon (Lord) unto his servant?
15 And the captain of YHWH's host said unto Joshua, Loose your shoe
from off your foot; for the place whereon you stand is holy. And Joshua
1 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel:
none went out, and none came in.
2 And YHWH said unto Joshua, See, I have given into your hand Jericho,
and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.
3 And you shall compass the city, all you men of war, and go round
about the city once. Thus shall you do six days.
4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams'
horns: and the seventh day you shall compass the city seven times, and
the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
5 And it shall 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
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 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 YHWH.
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 YHWH.
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
YHWH, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of YHWH
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.
10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, You 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 you shout.
11 So the ark of YHWH compassed the city, going about it once: and they
came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.
12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the
ark of YHWH.
13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the
ark of YHWH went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the
armed men went before them; but the rereward came after the ark of YHWH,
the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into
the camp: so they did six days.
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.
16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with
the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for YHWH has given you
17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein,
to YHWH: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her
in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
18 And you, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest
you make yourselves accursed, when you take of the accursed thing, and
make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are
consecrated unto YHWH: they shall come into the treasury of YHWH.
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.
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
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 has, as you sware unto her.
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
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 YHWH.
25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household,
and all that she had; and she dwells in Israel even unto this day;
because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man
before YHWH, that rises up and builds 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.
27 So YHWH was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the
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 YHWH
was kindled against the children of Israel.
2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on
the east side of Bethel, and spoke unto them, saying, Go up and view the
country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
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.
4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and
they fled before the men of Ai.
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
6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face
before the ark of YHWH until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel,
and put dust upon their heads.
7 And Joshua said, Alas, O Adonai YHWH, wherefore have you at all
brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the
Amorites, to destroy us? would to Elohim we had been content, and dwelt
on the other side Jordan!
8 O Adonai, what shall I say, when Israel turns their backs before
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 will you do unto your great name?
10 And YHWH said unto Joshua, Get you up; wherefore lie you thus upon
11 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 dissembled also, and they have put it even among
their own stuff.
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 you destroy the
accursed from among you.
13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against
tomorrow: for thus said YHWH Elohim of Israel, There is an accursed
thing in the midst of you, O Israel: you canst not stand before your
enemies, until you take away the accursed thing from among you.
14 In the morning therefore you shall be brought according to your
tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which YHWH takes shall come
according to the families thereof; and the family which YHWH shall take
shall come by households; and the household which YHWH shall take shall
come man by man.
15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall
be burnt with fire, he and all that he has: because he has transgressed
the covenant of YHWH, and because he has wrought folly in Israel.
16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their
tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:
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:
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
19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray you, glory to YHWH
Elohim of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what you
have done; hide it not from me.
20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against
YHWH Elohim of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
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.
22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold,
it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
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
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
25 And Joshua said, Why have you troubled us? YHWH shall trouble you
this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with
fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So
YHWH turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that
place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.
1 And YHWH said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be you dismayed: take
all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have
given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and
2 And you shall do to Ai and her king as you did unto Jericho and her
king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall you take for
a prey unto yourselves: lay you an ambush for the city behind it.
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.
4 And he commanded them, saying, Behold, you shall lie in wait against
the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be
you all ready:
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,
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.
7 Then you shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city: for
YHWH your Elohim will deliver it into your hand.
8 And it shall be, when you have taken the city, that you shall set the
city on fire: according to the commandment of YHWH shall you do. See, I
have commanded you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the valley.
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 knew not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the
15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them,
and fled by the way of the wilderness.
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
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.
18 And YHWH said unto 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
23 And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
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.
25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women,
were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai.
26 For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the
spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.
27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey
unto themselves, according unto the word of YHWH which he commanded
28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation
unto this day.
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 remains unto this day.
30 Then Joshua built an altar unto YHWH Elohim of Israel in mount Ebal,
31 As Moses the servant of YHWH 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 lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt
offerings unto YHWH, and sacrificed peace offerings.
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.
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 YHWH, 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 YHWH had commanded before, that they should bless the people
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.
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.
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,
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;
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.
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 you a league with us.
7 And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure you dwell
among us; and how shall we make a league with you?
8 And they said unto Joshua, We are your servants. And Joshua said unto
them, Who are you? and from whence come you?
9 And they said unto him, From a very far country your servants are
come because of the name of YHWH your Elohim: for we have heard the fame
of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
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.
11 Wherefore 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 unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make you a league
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
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.
14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the
mouth of YHWH.
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.
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,
18 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of
the congregation had sworn unto them by YHWH Elohim of Israel. And all
the congregation murmured against the princes.
19 But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn
unto them by YHWH Elohim 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.
22 And Joshua called for them, and he spoke unto them, saying,
Wherefore have you beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you; when
you dwell among us?
23 Now therefore you 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 Elohim.
24 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told
your servants, how that YHWH your Elohim 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.
25 And now, behold, we are in your hand: as it seems good and right
unto you 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.
27 And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water
for the congregation, and for the altar of YHWH, even unto this day, in
the place which he should choose.
1 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; and how the
inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;
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.
3 Wherefore Adonizedek 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, saying,
4 Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it has
made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel.
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.
6 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying,
Slack not your hand from your 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 us.
7 So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he, and all the people of war with
him, and all the mighty men of valour.
8 And YHWH said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them
into your hand; there shall not a man of them stand before you.
9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all
10 And YHWH 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 smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.
11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in
the going down to Bethhoron, that YHWH 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
12 Then spoke Joshua to YHWH in the day when YHWH delivered up the
Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of
Israel, Sun, stand you still upon Gibeon; and you, Moon, in the valley
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.
14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that YHWH
hearkened unto the voice of a man: for YHWH fought for Israel.
15 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to
16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a
cave at Makkedah.
18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and
set men by it for to keep them:
19 And stay you not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the
hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for YHWH
your Elohim has delivered them into your hand.
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
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.
22 Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those
five kings unto me out of the cave.
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 of Eglon.
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.
25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and
of good courage: for thus shall YHWH do to all your enemies against whom
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.
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.
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.
29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto
Libnah, and fought against Libnah:
30 And YHWH 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 Jericho.
31 And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto
Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it:
32 And YHWH 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.
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.
34 And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him;
and they encamped against it, and fought against it:
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.
36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron;
and they fought against it:
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.
38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought
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.
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 YHWH Elohim of
41 And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the
country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon.
42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time,
because YHWH Elohim of Israel fought for Israel.
43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to
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,
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,
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.
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.
5 And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched
together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.
6 And YHWH said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to
morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel:
you shall hock their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
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.
8 And YHWH 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
9 And Joshua did unto them as YHWH bade him: he hocked their horses,
and burnt their chariots with fire.
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
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.
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 YHWH commanded.
13 But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Israel
burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn.
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.
15 As YHWH commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua,
and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that YHWH commanded
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 the same;
17 Even from the mount Halak, that goes 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.
18 Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.
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
20 For it was of YHWH 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 YHWH
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.
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.
23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that YHWH 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.
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:
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;
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 Ashdothpisgah:
4 And the coast of Og king of Bashan, which was of the remnant of the
giants, that dwelt at Ashtaroth and at Edrei,
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.
6 Them did Moses the servant of YHWH and the children of Israel smite:
and Moses the servant of YHWH gave it for a possession unto the
Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh.
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 goes up to Seir; which
Joshua gave unto the tribes of Israel for a possession according to
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
9 The king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai, which is beside Bethel,
10 The king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one;
11 The king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one;
12 The king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one;
13 The king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one;
14 The king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one;
15 The king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one;
16 The king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one;
17 The king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one;
18 The king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one;
19 The king of Madon, one; the king of Hazor, one;
20 The king of Shimronmeron, one; the king of Achshaph, one;
21 The king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one;
22 The king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam of Carmel, one;
23 The king of Dor in the coast of Dor, one; the king of the nations of
24 The king of Tirzah, one: all the kings thirty and one.
1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and YHWH said unto him, You
are old and stricken in years, and there remains yet very much land to
2 This is the land that yet remains: all the borders of the
Philistines, and all Geshuri,
3 From Sihor, which is before Egypt, even unto 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:
4 From the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that is
beside the Sidonians unto Aphek, to the borders of the Amorites:
5 And the land of the Giblites, and all Lebanon, toward the sunrising,
from Baalgad under mount Hermon unto the entering into Hamath.
6 All the inhabitants of the hill country from Lebanon unto
Misrephothmaim, and all the Sidonians, them will I drive out from before
the children of Israel: only divide you it by lot unto the Israelites
for an inheritance, as I have commanded you.
7 Now therefore divide this land for an inheritance unto the nine
tribes, and the half tribe of Manasseh,
8 With whom the Reubenites and the Gadites have received their
inheritance, which Moses gave them, beyond Jordan eastward, even as
Moses the servant of YHWH gave them;
9 From Aroer, that is upon the bank of the river Arnon, and the city
that is in the midst of the river, and all the plain of Medeba unto
10 And all the cities of Sihon king of the Amorites, which reigned in
Heshbon, unto the border of the children of Ammon;
11 And Gilead, and the border of the Geshurites and Maachathites, and
all mount Hermon, and all Bashan unto Salcah;
12 All the kingdom of Og in Bashan, which reigned in Ashtaroth and in
Edrei, who remained of the remnant of the giants: for these did Moses
smite, and cast them out.
13 Nevertheless the children of Israel expelled not the Geshurites, nor
the Maachathites: but the Geshurites and the Maachathites dwell among
the Israelites until this day.
14 Only unto the tribe of Levi he gave none inheritance; the sacrifices
of YHWH Elohim of Israel made by fire are their inheritance, as he said
15 And Moses gave unto the tribe of the children of Reuben inheritance
according to their families.
16 And their coast was from Aroer, that is on the bank of the river
Arnon, and the city that is in the midst of the river, and all the plain
17 Heshbon, and all her cities that are in the plain; Dibon, and
Bamothbaal, and Bethbaalmeon,
18 And Jahaza, and Kedemoth, and Mephaath,
19 And Kirjathaim, and Sibmah, and Zarethshahar in the mount of the
20 And Bethpeor, and Ashdothpisgah, and Bethjeshimoth,
21 And all the cities of the plain, and all the kingdom of Sihon king
of the Amorites, which reigned in Heshbon, whom Moses smote with the
princes of Midian, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, which
were dukes of Sihon, dwelling in the country.
22 Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of
Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.
23 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.
24 And Moses gave inheritance unto the tribe of Gad, even unto the
children of Gad according to their families.
25 And their coast was Jazer, and all the cities of Gilead, and half
the land of the children of Ammon, unto Aroer that is before Rabbah;
26 And from Heshbon unto Ramathmizpeh, and Betonim; and from Mahanaim
unto the border of Debir;
27 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 unto the edge of the sea of Chinnereth on the other side
28 This is the inheritance of the children of Gad after their families,
the cities, and their villages.
29 And Moses gave inheritance unto the half tribe of Manasseh: and this
was the possession of the half tribe of the children of Manasseh by
30 And their coast was from Mahanaim, all Bashan, all the kingdom of Og
king of Bashan, and all the towns of Jair, which are in Bashan,
31 And half Gilead, and Ashtaroth, and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of
Og in Bashan, were pertaining unto the children of Machir the son of
Manasseh, even to the one half of the children of Machir by their
32 These are the countries which Moses did distribute for inheritance
in the plains of Moab, on the other side Jordan, by Jericho, eastward.
33 But unto the tribe of Levi Moses gave not any inheritance: YHWH
Elohim of Israel was their inheritance, as he said unto them.
1 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.
2 By lot was their inheritance, as YHWH commanded by the hand of Moses,
for the nine tribes, and for the half tribe.
3 For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe
on the other side Jordan: but unto the Levites he gave none inheritance
4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim:
therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to
dwell in, with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance.
5 As YHWH commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did, and they
divided the land.
6 Then the children of Judah came unto Joshua in Gilgal: and Caleb the
son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto him, You know the thing that
YHWH said unto Moses the man of Elohim concerning me and you in
7 Forty years old was I when Moses the servant of YHWH sent me from
Kadeshbarnea to espy out the land; and I brought him word again as it
was in mine heart.
8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the
people melt: but I wholly followed YHWH my Elohim.
9 And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon your
feet have trodden shall be your inheritance, and your children's for
ever, because you have wholly followed YHWH my Elohim.
10 And now, behold, YHWH has kept me alive, as he said, these forty and
five years, even since YHWH spoke this word unto Moses, while the
children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this
day fourscore and five years old.
11 As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent
me: as my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both
to go out, and to come in.
12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof YHWH spoke in that day;
for you heard in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the
cities were great and fenced: if so be YHWH will be with me, then I
shall be able to drive them out, as YHWH said.
13 And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh
Hebron for an inheritance.
14 Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb the son of
Jephunneh the Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed
YHWH Elohim of Israel.
15 And the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba; which Arba was a
great man among the Anakims. And the land had rest from war.
1 This then was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah by their
families; even to the border of Edom the wilderness of Zin southward was
the uttermost part of the south coast.
2 And their south border was from the shore of the salt sea, from the
bay that looks southward:
3 And it went out to the south side to Maalehacrabbim, and passed along
to Zin, and ascended up on the south side unto Kadeshbarnea, and passed
along to Hezron, and went up to Adar, and fetched a compass to Karkaa:
4 From thence it passed toward Azmon, and went out unto the river of
Egypt; and the goings out of that coast were at the sea: this shall be
your south coast.
5 And the east border was the salt sea, even unto the end of Jordan.
And their border in the north quarter was from the bay of the sea at the
uttermost part of Jordan:
6 And the border went up to Bethhogla, and passed along by the north of
Betharabah; and the border went up to the stone of Bohan the son of
7 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
8 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto 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:
9 And the border was drawn from the top of the hill unto 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:
10 And the border compassed from Baalah westward unto mount Seir, and
passed along unto the side of mount Jearim, which is Chesalon, on the
north side, and went down to Bethshemesh, and passed on to Timnah:
11 And the border went out unto the side of Ekron northward: and the
border was drawn to Shicron, and passed along to mount Baalah, and went
out unto Jabneel; and the goings out of the border were at the sea.
12 And the west border was to the great sea, and the coast thereof.
This is the coast of the children of Judah round about according to
13 And unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh he gave a part among the
children of Judah, according to the commandment of YHWH to Joshua, even
the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city is Hebron.
14 And Caleb drove thence the three sons of Anak, Sheshai, and Ahiman,
and Talmai, the children of Anak.
15 And he went up thence to the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of
Debir before was Kirjathsepher.
16 And Caleb said, He that smites Kirjathsepher, and takes it, to him
will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
17 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, the brother of Caleb, took it: and he
gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
18 And it came to pass, as she came unto him, that she moved him to ask
of her father a field: and she lighted off her ass; and Caleb said unto
her, What would you?
19 Who answered, Give me a blessing; for you have given me a south
land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs,
and the nether springs.
20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah
according to their families.
21 And the uttermost cities of the tribe of the children of Judah
toward the coast of Edom southward were Kabzeel, and Eder, and Jagur,
22 And Kinah, and Dimonah, and Adadah,
23 And Kedesh, and Hazor, and Ithnan,
24 Ziph, and Telem, and Bealoth,
25 And Hazor, Hadattah, and Kerioth, and Hezron, which is Hazor,
26 Amam, and Shema, and Moladah,
27 And Hazargaddah, and Heshmon, and Bethpalet,
28 And Hazarshual, and Beersheba, and Bizjothjah,
29 Baalah, and Iim, and Azem,
30 And Eltolad, and Chesil, and Hormah,
31 And Ziklag, and Madmannah, and Sansannah,
32 And Lebaoth, and Shilhim, and Ain, and Rimmon: all the cities are
twenty and nine, with their villages:
33 And in the valley, Eshtaol, and Zoreah, and Ashnah,
34 And Zanoah, and Engannim, Tappuah, and Enam,
35 Jarmuth, and Adullam, Socoh, and Azekah,
36 And Sharaim, and Adithaim, and Gederah, and Gederothaim; fourteen
cities with their villages:
37 Zenan, and Hadashah, and Migdalgad,
38 And Dilean, and Mizpeh, and Joktheel,
39 Lachish, and Bozkath, and Eglon,
40 And Cabbon, and Lahmam, and Kithlish,
41 And Gederoth, Bethdagon, and Naamah, and Makkedah; sixteen cities
with their villages:
42 Libnah, and Ether, and Ashan,
43 And Jiphtah, and Ashnah, and Nezib,
44 And Keilah, and Achzib, and Mareshah; nine cities with their
45 Ekron, with her towns and her villages:
46 From Ekron even unto the sea, all that lay near Ashdod, with their
47 Ashdod with her towns and her villages, Gaza with her towns and her
villages, unto the river of Egypt, and the great sea, and the border
48 And in the mountains, Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh,
49 And Dannah, and Kirjathsannah, which is Debir,
50 And Anab, and Eshtemoh, and Anim,
51 And Goshen, and Holon, and Giloh; eleven cities with their villages:
52 Arab, and Dumah, and Eshean,
53 And Janum, and Bethtappuah, and Aphekah,
54 And Humtah, and Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, and Zior; nine cities
with their villages:
55 Maon, Carmel, and Ziph, and Juttah,
56 And Jezreel, and Jokdeam, and Zanoah,
57 Cain, Gibeah, and Timnah; ten cities with their villages:
58 Halhul, Bethzur, and Gedor,
59 And Maarath, and Bethanoth, and Eltekon; six cities with their
60 Kirjathbaal, which is Kirjathjearim, and Rabbah; two cities with
61 In the wilderness, Betharabah, Middin, and Secacah,
62 And Nibshan, and the city of Salt, and Engedi; six cities with their
63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of
Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the
children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.
1 And the lot of the children of Joseph fell from Jordan by Jericho,
unto the water of Jericho on the east, to the wilderness that goes up
from Jericho throughout mount Bethel.
2 And goes out from Bethel to Luz, and passes along unto the borders of
Archi to Ataroth,
3 And goes down westward to the coast of Japhleti, unto the coast of
Bethhoron the nether, and to Gezer: and the goings out thereof are at
4 So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their
5 And the border of the children of Ephraim according to their families
was thus: even the border of their inheritance on the east side was
Atarothaddar, unto Bethhoron the upper;
6 And the border went out toward the sea to Michmethah on the north
side; and the border went about eastward unto Taanathshiloh, and passed
by it on the east to Janohah;
7 And it went down from Janohah to Ataroth, and to Naarath, and came to
Jericho, and went out at Jordan.
8 The border went out from Tappuah westward unto 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.
9 And the separate cities for the children of Ephraim were among the
inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their
10 And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the
Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under
1 There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the
firstborn of Joseph; to wit, for Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the
father of Gilead: because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead
2 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.
3 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
4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the
son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, YHWH commanded Moses to give
us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the
commandment of YHWH he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of
5 And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead
and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan;
6 Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons:
and the rest of Manasseh's sons had the land of Gilead.
7 And the coast of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethah, that lies
before Shechem; and the border went along on the right hand unto the
inhabitants of Entappuah.
8 Now Manasseh had the land of Tappuah: but Tappuah on the border of
Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim;
9 And the coast descended unto 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:
10 Southward it was Ephraim's, and northward it was Manasseh's, and the
sea is his border; and they met together in Asher on the north, and in
Issachar on the east.
11 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
12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of
those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
13 Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong,
that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them
14 And the children of Joseph spoke unto Joshua, saying, Why have you
given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great
people, forasmuch as YHWH has blessed me hitherto?
15 And Joshua answered them, If you be a great people, then get you up
to the wood country, and cut down for yourself there in the land of the
Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for you.
16 And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and
all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of
iron, both they who are of Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of
the valley of Jezreel.
17 And Joshua spoke unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to
Manasseh, saying, You are a great people, and have great power: you
shall not have one lot only:
18 But the mountain shall be your; for it is a wood, and you shall cut
it down: and the outgoings of it shall be your: for you shall drive out
the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be
1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled
together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there.
And the land was subdued before them.
2 And there remained among the children of Israel seven tribes, which
had not yet received their inheritance.
3 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, How long are you slack
to go to possess the land, which YHWH Elohim of your fathers has given
4 Give out from among you three men for each tribe: and I will send
them, and they shall rise, and go through the land, and describe it
according to the inheritance of them; and they shall come again to me.
5 And they shall divide it into seven parts: Judah shall abide in their
coast on the south, and the house of Joseph shall abide in their coasts
on the north.
6 You shall therefore describe the land into seven parts, and bring the
description hither to me, that I may cast lots for you here before YHWH
7 But the Levites have no part among you; for the priesthood of YHWH 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 YHWH gave them.
8 And the men arose, and went away: and Joshua charged them that went
to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and describe
it, and come again to me, that I may here cast lots for you before YHWH
9 And the men went and passed through the land, and described it by
cities into seven parts in a book, and came again to Joshua to the host
10 And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before YHWH: and there
Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their
11 And the lot of the tribe of the children of Benjamin came up
according to their families: and the coast of their lot came forth
between the children of Judah and the children of Joseph.
12 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.
13 And the border went over from thence 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.
14 And the border was drawn thence, and compassed 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.
15 And the south quarter was from the end of Kirjathjearim, and the
border went out on the west, and went out to the well of waters of
16 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,
17 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,
18 And passed along toward the side over against Arabah northward, and
went down unto Arabah:
19 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.
20 And Jordan was the border of it on the east side. This was the
inheritance of the children of Benjamin, by the coasts thereof round
about, according to their families.
21 Now the cities of the tribe of the children of Benjamin according to
their families were Jericho, and Bethhoglah, and the valley of Keziz.
22 And Betharabah, and Zemaraim, and Bethel,
23 And Avim, and Parah, and Ophrah,
24 And Chepharhaammonai, and Ophni, and Gaba; twelve cities with their
25 Gibeon, and Ramah, and Beeroth,
26 And Mizpeh, and Chephirah, and Mozah,
27 And Rekem, and Irpeel, and Taralah,
28 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.
1 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.
2 And they had in their inheritance Beersheba, and Sheba, and Moladah,
3 And Hazarshual, and Balah, and Azem,
4 And Eltolad, and Bethul, and Hormah,
5 And Ziklag, and Bethmarcaboth, and Hazarsusah,
6 And Bethlebaoth, and Sharuhen; thirteen cities and their villages:
7 Ain, Remmon, and Ether, and Ashan; four cities and their villages:
8 And all the villages that were round about these cities to
Baalathbeer, Ramath of the south. This is the inheritance of the tribe
of the children of Simeon according to their families.
9 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.
10 And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to
their families: and the border of their inheritance was unto Sarid:
11 And their border went up toward the sea, and Maralah, and reached to
Dabbasheth, and reached to the river that is before Jokneam;
12 And turned from Sarid eastward toward the sunrising unto the border
of Chislothtabor, and then goes out to Daberath, and goes up to Japhia.
13 And from thence passes on along on the east to Gittahhepher, to
Ittahkazin, and goes out to Remmonmethoar to Neah;
14 And the border compasses it on the north side to Hannathon: and the
outgoings thereof are in the valley of Jiphthahel:
15 And Kattath, and Nahallal, and Shimron, and Idalah, and Bethlehem:
twelve cities with their villages.
16 This is the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to
their families, these cities with their villages.
17 And the fourth lot came out to Issachar, for the children of
Issachar according to their families.
18 And their border was toward Jezreel, and Chesulloth, and Shunem,
19 And Haphraim, and Shihon, and Anaharath,
20 And Rabbith, and Kishion, and Abez,
21 And Remeth, and Engannim, and Enhaddah, and Bethpazzez;
22 And the coast reaches to Tabor, and Shahazimah, and Bethshemesh; and
the outgoings of their border were at Jordan: sixteen cities with their
23 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Issachar
according to their families, the cities and their villages.
24 And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher
according to their families.
25 And their border was Helkath, and Hali, and Beten, and Achshaph,
26 And Alammelech, and Amad, and Misheal; and reaches to Carmel
westward, and to Shihorlibnath;
27 And turns toward the sunrising to Bethdagon, and reaches to Zebulun,
and to the valley of Jiphthahel toward the north side of Bethemek, and
Neiel, and goes out to Cabul on the left hand,
28 And Hebron, and Rehob, and Hammon, and Kanah, even unto great Zidon;
29 And then the coast turns to Ramah, and to the strong city Tyre; and
the coast turns to Hosah; and the outgoings thereof are at the sea from
the coast to Achzib:
30 Ummah also, and Aphek, and Rehob: twenty and two cities with their
31 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Asher
according to their families, these cities with their villages.
32 The sixth lot came out to the children of Naphtali, even for the
children of Naphtali according to their families.
33 And their coast was from Heleph, from Allon to Zaanannim, and Adami,
Nekeb, and Jabneel, unto Lakum; and the outgoings thereof were at
34 And then the coast turns westward to Aznothtabor, and goes out from
thence 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
35 And the fenced cities are Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath, and
36 And Adamah, and Ramah, and Hazor,
37 And Kedesh, and Edrei, and Enhazor,
38 And Iron, and Migdalel, Horem, and Bethanath, and Bethshemesh;
nineteen cities with their villages.
39 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali
according to their families, the cities and their villages.
40 And the seventh lot came out for the tribe of the children of Dan
according to their families.
41 And the coast of their inheritance was Zorah, and Eshtaol, and
42 And Shaalabbin, and Ajalon, and Jethlah,
43 And Elon, and Thimnathah, and Ekron,
44 And Eltekeh, and Gibbethon, and Baalath,
45 And Jehud, and Beneberak, and Gathrimmon,
46 And Mejarkon, and Rakkon, with the border before Japho.
47 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 smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt
therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father.
48 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan
according to their families, these cities with their villages.
49 When they had made an end of dividing the land for inheritance by
their coasts, the children of Israel gave an inheritance to Joshua the
son of Nun among them:
50 According to the word of YHWH they gave him the city which he asked,
even Timnathserah in mount Ephraim: and he built the city, and dwelt
51 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 YHWH, at
the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So they made an end of
dividing the country.
1 YHWH also spoke unto Joshua, saying,
2 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities
of refuge, whereof I spoke unto you by the hand of Moses:
3 That the slayer that kills any person unawares and unwittingly may
flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.
4 And when he that does flee unto one of those cities shall stand at
the entering of the gate of the city, and shall declare his cause in the
ears of the elders of that city, they shall take him into the city unto
them, and give him a place, that he may dwell among them.
5 And if the avenger of blood pursue after him, then they shall not
deliver the slayer up into his hand; because he smote his neighbour
unwittingly, and hated him not beforetime.
6 And he shall dwell in that city, until he stand before the
congregation for judgment, and until the death of the high priest that
shall be in those days: then shall the slayer return, and come unto his
own city, and unto his own house, unto the city from whence he fled.
7 And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and Shechem
in mount Ephraim, and Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of
8 And on the other side 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
9 These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and
for the stranger that sojourns among them, that whosoever kills any
person at unawares might flee thither, and not die by the hand of the
avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation.
1 Then came near the heads of the fathers of the Levites unto Eleazar
the priest, and unto Joshua the son of Nun, and unto the heads of the
fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel;
2 And they spoke unto them at Shiloh in the land of Canaan, saying,
YHWH commanded by the hand of Moses to give us cities to dwell in, with
the suburbs thereof for our cattle.
3 And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their
inheritance, at the commandment of YHWH, these cities and their suburbs.
4 And the lot came out for the families of the Kohathites: and the
children of Aaron the priest, which 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.
5 And the rest of the children of Kohath had by lot out of the families
of the tribe of Ephraim, and out of the tribe of Dan, and out of the
half tribe of Manasseh, ten cities.
6 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
7 The children of Merari by their families had out of the tribe of
Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun,
8 And the children of Israel gave by lot unto the Levites these cities
with their suburbs, as YHWH commanded by the hand of Moses.
9 And they gave out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of
the tribe of the children of Simeon, these cities which are here
mentioned by name,
10 Which the children of Aaron, being of the families of the
Kohathites, who were of the children of Levi, had: for theirs was the
11 And they gave them the city of Arba the father of Anak, which city
is Hebron, in the hill country of Judah, with the suburbs thereof round
12 But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, gave they to
Caleb the son of Jephunneh for his possession.
13 Thus they gave to the children of Aaron the priest Hebron with her
suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Libnah with her
14 And Jattir with her suburbs, and Eshtemoa with her suburbs,
15 And Holon with her suburbs, and Debir with her suburbs,
16 And Ain with her suburbs, and Juttah with her suburbs, and
Bethshemesh with her suburbs; nine cities out of those two tribes.
17 And out of the tribe of Benjamin, Gibeon with her suburbs, Geba with
18 Anathoth with her suburbs, and Almon with her suburbs; four cities.
19 All the cities of the children of Aaron, the priests, were thirteen
cities with their suburbs.
20 And the families of the children of Kohath, the Levites which
remained of the children of Kohath, even they had the cities of their
lot out of the tribe of Ephraim.
21 For they gave them Shechem with her suburbs in mount Ephraim, to be
a city of refuge for the slayer; and Gezer with her suburbs,
22 And Kibzaim with her suburbs, and Bethhoron with her suburbs; four
23 And out of the tribe of Dan, Eltekeh with her suburbs, Gibbethon
with her suburbs,
24 Aijalon with her suburbs, Gathrimmon with her suburbs; four cities.
25 And out of the half tribe of Manasseh, Tanach with her suburbs, and
Gathrimmon with her suburbs; two cities.
26 All the cities were ten with their suburbs for the families of the
children of Kohath that remained.
27 And unto 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.
28 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon with her suburbs, Dabareh
with her suburbs,
29 Jarmuth with her suburbs, Engannim with her suburbs; four cities.
30 And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with
31 Helkath with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs; four cities.
32 And out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with her
suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Hammothdor with her
suburbs, and Kartan with her suburbs; three cities.
33 All the cities of the Gershonites according to their families were
thirteen cities with their suburbs.
34 And unto the families of the children of Merari, the rest of the
Levites, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam with her suburbs, and
Kartah with her suburbs,
35 Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs; four cities.
36 And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah
with her suburbs,
37 Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs; four
38 And out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, to
be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Mahanaim with her suburbs,
39 Heshbon with her suburbs, Jazer with her suburbs; four cities in
40 So all the cities for the children of Merari by their families,
which were remaining of the families of the Levites, were by their lot
41 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children
of Israel were forty and eight cities with their suburbs.
42 These cities were every one with their suburbs round about them:
thus were all these cities.
43 And YHWH gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto
their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
44 And YHWH gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware
unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies
before them; YHWH delivered all their enemies into their hand.
45 There failed not ought of any good thing which YHWH had spoken unto
the house of Israel; all came to pass.
1 Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half
tribe of Manasseh,
2 And said unto them, You have kept all that Moses the servant of YHWH
commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you:
3 You have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but
have kept the charge of the commandment of YHWH your Elohim.
4 And now YHWH your Elohim has given rest unto your brethren, as he
promised them: therefore now return you, and get you unto your tents,
and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of YHWH
gave you on the other side Jordan.
5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses
the servant of YHWH charged you, to love YHWH your Elohim, and to walk
in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him,
and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them away: and they went unto their
7 Now to the one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given
possession in Bashan: but unto the other half thereof gave Joshua among
their brethren on this side Jordan westward. And when Joshua sent them
away also unto their tents, then he blessed them,
8 And he spoke unto them, saying, Return with much riches unto your
tents, and with very much 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.
9 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 unto the country of
Gilead, to the land of their possession, whereof they were possessed,
according to the word of YHWH by the hand of Moses.
10 And when they came unto 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 there an altar by Jordan, a great altar to see
11 And the children of Israel heard 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.
12 And when the children of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation
of the children of Israel gathered themselves together at Shiloh, to go
up to war against them.
13 And the children of Israel sent unto 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,
14 And with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince throughout
all the tribes of Israel; and each one was an head of the house of their
fathers among the thousands of Israel.
15 And they came unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of
Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of Gilead, and
they spoke with them, saying,
16 Thus said the whole congregation of YHWH, What trespass is this that
you have committed against the Elohim of Israel, to turn away this day
from following YHWH, in that you have built you an altar, that you
might rebel this day against YHWH?
17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not
cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation
18 But that you must turn away this day from following YHWH? and it
will be, seeing you rebel to day against YHWH, that tomorrow he will be
wroth with the whole congregation of Israel.
19 Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession be unclean, then
pass you over unto the land of the possession of YHWH, wherein YHWH's
tabernacle dwells, and take possession among us: but rebel not against
YHWH, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar beside the altar of
YHWH our Elohim.
20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed
thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man
perished not alone in his iniquity.
21 Then the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the half
tribe of Manasseh answered, and said unto the heads of the thousands of
22 YHWH El of elohim (``gods''), YHWH El of elohim (``gods''), he
knows, and Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in
transgression against YHWH, (save us not this day,)
23 That we have built us an altar to turn from following YHWH, or if to
offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering, or if to offer peace
offerings thereon, let YHWH himself require it;
24 And if we have not rather done it for fear of this thing, saying, In
time to come your children might speak unto our children, saying, What
have you to do with YHWH Elohim of Israel?
25 For YHWH has made Jordan a border between us and you, you children
of Reuben and children of Gad; you have no part in YHWH: so shall your
children make our children cease from fearing YHWH.
26 Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for
burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:
27 But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our
generations after us, that we might do the service of YHWH 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 YHWH.
28 Therefore said we, that it shall 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 YHWH, which our fathers made, not for burnt
offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between us and you.
29 Elohim forbid that we should rebel against YHWH, and turn this day
from following YHWH, to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat
offerings, or for sacrifices, beside the altar of YHWH our Elohim that
is before his tabernacle.
30 And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the congregation
and heads of the thousands of Israel which 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.
31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the children of
Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the children of Manasseh,
This day we perceive that YHWH is among us, because you have not
committed this trespass against YHWH: now you have delivered the
children of Israel out of the hand of YHWH.
32 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, unto the land of Canaan, to the children of
Israel, and brought them word again.
33 And the thing pleased the children of Israel; and the children of
Israel blessed Elohim, and did not intend to go up against them in
battle, to destroy the land wherein the children of Reuben and Gad
34 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar
Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that YHWH is Elohim.
1 And it came to pass a long time after that YHWH had given rest unto
Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and
stricken in age.
2 And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their
heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them,
I am old and stricken in age:
3 And you have seen all that YHWH your Elohim has done unto all these
nations because of you; for YHWH your Elohim is he that has fought for
4 Behold, I have divided unto 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 unto the great sea westward.
5 And YHWH your Elohim, he shall expel them from before you, and drive
them from out of your sight; and you shall possess their land, as YHWH
your Elohim has promised unto you.
6 Be you therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is
written in the book of the law of Moses, that you turn not aside
therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
7 That you come not among these nations, these that remain among you;
neither make mention of the name of their elohim (``gods''), nor cause
to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:
8 But cleave unto YHWH your Elohim, as you have done unto this day.
9 For YHWH has driven out from before you great nations and strong: but
as for you, no man has been able to stand before you unto this day.
10 One man of you shall chase a thousand: for YHWH your Elohim, he it
is that fights for you, as he has promised you.
11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that you love YHWH your
12 Else if you do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of
these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make
marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:
13 Know for a certainty that YHWH your Elohim will no more drive out
any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps
unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until you
perish from off this good land which YHWH your Elohim has given you.
14 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 YHWH your Elohim spoke concerning
you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing has failed
15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come
upon you, which YHWH your Elohim promised you; so shall YHWH bring upon
you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land
which YHWH your Elohim has given you.
16 When you have transgressed the covenant of YHWH your Elohim, which
he commanded you, and have gone and served other elohim (``gods''), and
bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of YHWH be kindled
against you, and you shall perish quickly from off the good land which
he has given unto you.
1 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 Elohim.
2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus said YHWH Elohim of Israel,
Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even
Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served
other elohim (``gods'').
3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and
led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and
gave him Isaac.
4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount
Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that
which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.
6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and you came unto the sea;
and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen
unto the Red sea.
7 And when they cried unto YHWH, 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.
8 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the
other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your
hand, that you might possess their land; and I destroyed them from
9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against
Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:
10 But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still:
so I delivered you out of his hand.
11 And you went over Jordan, and came unto 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.
12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before
you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with your sword, nor
with your bow.
13 And I have given you a land for which you did not labour, and cities
which you built not, and you dwell in them; of the vineyards and
oliveyards which you planted not do you eat.
14 Now therefore fear YHWH, and serve him in sincerity and in truth:
and put away the elohim (``gods'') which your fathers served on the
other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve you YHWH.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve YHWH, choose you this day whom
you will serve; whether the elohim (``gods'') which your fathers served
that were on the other side of the flood, or the elohim (``gods'') of
the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we
will serve YHWH.
16 And the people answered and said, Elohim forbid that we should
forsake YHWH, to serve other elohim (``gods'');
17 For YHWH our Elohim, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out
of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which 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:
18 And YHWH drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites
which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve YHWH; for he is
19 And Joshua said unto the people, You cannot serve YHWH: for he is an
holy Elohim; he is a jealous El; he will not forgive your transgressions
nor your sins.
20 If you forsake YHWH, and serve strange elohim (``gods''), then he
will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he has done you
21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve YHWH.
22 And Joshua said unto the people, You are witnesses against
yourselves that you have chosen you YHWH, to serve him. And they said,
We are witnesses.
23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange elohim (``gods'') which
are among you, and incline your heart unto YHWH Elohim of Israel.
24 And the people said unto Joshua, YHWH our Elohim will we serve, and
his voice will we obey.
25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a
statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of Elohim, and
took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the
sanctuary of YHWH.
27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a
witness unto us; for it has heard all the words of YHWH which he spoke
unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest you deny your
28 So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance.
29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun,
the servant of YHWH, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in
Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill
31 And Israel served YHWH all the days of Joshua, and all the days of
the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of
YHWH, that he had done for Israel.
32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out
of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob
bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces
of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill
that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount
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