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Joshua exhorteth to obedience CHAP. XXIII. by promises and threatenings . children of Gad, and the children of expel them from before you, and drive Manasseh spake, it pleased them. them from out of your sight; and ye
31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar shall possess their land, as the Lord the priest said unto the children of your God hath promised unto you. Reuben, and to the children of Gad, 6 Be ye therefore very courageous and to the children of Manasseh, This to keep and to do all that is written day we perceive that the Lord is in the book of the law of Moses, that among us, because ye have not com ye turn not aside therefrom to the mitted this trespass against the LORD: right hand or to the left; now ye have delivered the children of 7 That ye come not among these Israel out of the hand of the LORD. nations, these that remain among you;
32 And Phinehas the son of Elea- neither make mention of the name of zar the priest, and the princes, re- their gods, nor cause to swear by turned from the children of Reuben, them, neither serve them, nor bow and from the children of Gad, out of yourselves unto them: the land of Gilead, unto the land of 8 But cleave unto the LORD your Canaan, to the children of Israel, and God, as ye have done unto this day. brought them word again.
9 For the Lord hath driven out 33 And the thing pleased the child- from before you great nations and ren of Israel; and the children of Is- strong: but as for you, no man hath rael blessed God, and did not intend been able to stand before you unto to go up against them in battle, to this day. destroy the land wherein the children 10 One man of you shall chase a of Reuben and Gad dwelt.
thousand : for the LORD your God, 34 And the children of Reuben and he it is that fighteth for you, as he the children of Gad, called the altar hath promised you. Ed: for it shall be a witness between 11 Take good heed therefore unto us that the Lord is God.
yourselves, that ye love the Lord CHAP. XXIII. | Joshua's exhortation before his death, 3 by
12 Else if
do in any wise go former benefits, 5 by proniises, ll and by threai- back, and cleave unto the remnant of elings.
these nations, even these that remain And it came to pass, a long time af- among you, and shall make marriages ter that the Lord had given rest unto with them, and go in unto them, and Israel from all their enemies round they to you: about, that Joshua waxed old and 13 Know for a certainty that the
God will no more drive 2 And Joshua called for all Israel, out any of these nations from before and for their elders, and for their you: but they shall be snares and heads, and for their judges, and for traps unto you, and scourges in your their officers, and said unto them, I sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye am old and stricken in age :
perish from off this good land which 3 And ye have seen all that the the Lord your God hath given you. LORD your God hath done unto all 14 And behold, this day I am going these nations because of you; for the the way of all the earth; and ye know LORD your God is he that hath fought in all your hearts and in all your souls, sor you.
that not one thing hath failed of all 4 Behold, I have divided unto you the good things which the LORD your by lot these nations that remain, to be God spake concerning you; all are an inheritance for your tribes, from come to pass unto you, and not one Jordan, with all the nations that I thing hath failed thereof. have cut off, even unto the great sea
15 Therefore it shall come to pass, westward.
that as all good things are come upon 5 And the LORD your God, he shall you, which the LORD your God pro
stricken in age.
Joshua relateth God's benefits. JOSHUA, Israel's covenant renewed mised you; so shall the Lord bring sea upon them, and covered them; upon you all evil things, until he have and your eyes have seen what I have destroyed you from off this good done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the land which the LORD your God hath wilderness a long season. given you.
8 And I brought you into the land 16 When ye have transgressed the of the Amorites, which dwelt on the covenant of the Lord your God, which other side Jordan; and they fought he commanded you, and have gone
them into your and served other gods, and bowed | hand, that ye might possess their land; yourselves to them; then shall the an- and I destroyed them from before you. ger of the LORD be kindled against 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, you, and ye shall perish quickly from king of Moab, arose and warred off the good land which he hath given against Israel, and sent and called Ba
laam the son of Beor to curse you : CHAP. XXIV.
10 But I would not hearken unto Ba. 1 Joshua assembleth the tribes at Shechem. 2 A laam; therefore he blessed you still: so brief history of God's benefits from Terah. 14 I delivered you out of his hand. He reneweth the covenant between them and God. 26 A stone the witness of the covenant.
11 And ye went over Jordan, and 29 Joshua'sage, death, and burial. 32 Joseph's
came unto Jericho: and the men of bones are buricd. 33 Eleazar dicth.
Jericho fought against you, the AmorAnd Joshua gathered all the tribes ites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanof Israel to Shechem, and called for ites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashthe elders of Israel, and for their ites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; heads and for their judges, and for and I delivered them into your hand. their officers; and they presented 12 And I sent the hornet before themselves before God.
you, which drave them out from be2 And Joshua said unto all the peo- fore you, even the two kings of the ple, Thus saith the LORD God of Is- Amorites; but not with thy sword, rael, Your fathers dwelt on the other nor with thy bow. side of the flood in old time, even 13 And I have given you a land Terah, the father of Abraham, and the for which ye did not labour, and cities father of Nachor: and they served which ye built not, and ye dwell in other gods.
them; of the vineyards and oliveyards 3 And I took your father Abraham which ye planted not do ye eat. from the other side of the flood, and 14 | Now therefore fear the LORD, led him throughout all the land of and serve him in sincerity and in Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and truth ; and put away the gods which
your fathers served on the other side 4 And I gave unto Isaac, Jacob and of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount ye the Lord. Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his 15 And if it seem evil unto you to children went down into Egypt. serve the LORD, choose you this day
5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and whom ye will serve, whether the gods I plagued Egypt, according to that which your fathers served that were which I did among them: and after on the other side of the flood, or the ward I brought you out.
gods of the Amorites in whose land 6 And I brought your fathers out of ye dwell : but as for me and my Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and house, we will serve the Lord. the Egyptians pursued after your fa 16 And the people answered, and thers with chariots and horsemen unto said, God forbid that we should forthe Red sea.
sake the Lord, to serve other gods 7 And when they cried unto the 17 For the Lord our God, he it i LORD, he put darkness between you that brought us up and our fathers OU and the Egyptians, and brought the l of the land of Egypt, from the hous
gave him Isaac.
between them and God.
JUDGES. I. Joshua's death and burial. of bondage, and which did those great | in the book of the law of God, and signs in our sight, and preserved us in took a great stone, and set it up there all the way wherein we went, and under an oak, that was by the sanctuary among all the people through whom of the Lord. we passed :
° 27 And Joshua said unto all the 18 And the Lord drave out from people, Behold, this stone shall be a before us all the people, even the witness unto us; for it hath heard all Amorites which dwelt in the land : the words of the LORD which he spake therefore will we also serve the LORD; unto us: it shall be therefore a witness for he is our God.
lest ye deny your God. 19 And Joshua said unto the peo
28 So Joshua let the people depart, ple, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for every man unto his inheritance. he is an holy God; he is a jealous 29 | And it came to pass after these God; he will not forgive your trans- things, that Joshua the son of Nun gressions, nor your sins.
the servant of the LORD died, being 20 If ye forsake the Lord, and serve an hundred and ten
old. strange gods, then he will turn and do 30 And they buried him in the boryou hurt, and consume you, after that der of his inheritance in Timnathhe hath done you good.
serah, which is in mount Ephraim, on 21 And the people said unto Joshua, the north side of the hill of Gaash. Nay; but we will serve the LORD. 31 And Israel served the LORD all
22 And Joshua said unto the peo- the days of Joshua, and all the days of ple, Ye are witnesses against your- the elders that overlived Joshua, and selves that ye have chosen you the which had known all the works of the Lord, to serve him. And they said, LORD that he had done for Israel. We are witnesses.
32 | And the bones of Joseph, which 23 Now therefore put away (said the children of Israel brought up out he) the strange gods which are among of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in you, and incline your heart unto the a parcel of ground which Jacob bought LORD God of Israel.
of the sons of Hamor the father of 24 And the people said unto Jo- Shechem for an hundred pieces of shua, The Lord our God will we silver; and it became the inheritance serve, and his voice will we obey. of the children of Joseph.
33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the people that day, and set them a died; and they buried him in a hill that statute and an ordinance in Shechem. pertained to Phinehas his son, which 26 | And Joshua wrote these words was given him in mount Ephraim.
The Book of JUDGES.
2 And the LORD said, Judah shall The acts of Judah and Simeon. 6 Adoni-bezek rustly requited. 8 Jerusalem taken. 10 He- | land into his hand.
go up: behold, I have delivered the bron taken. 13 Othniel hath Achsah to wife for taking of Debir. 16 The Keniles dwell in 3 And Judah said unto Simeon his Judah. 17 Hormal, Gaza, Askelon and. Eks brother, Come up with me into my the house of Joseph, who take Beth-el. 30 of lot, that we may fight against the CaZebulun. 31 of Asher. 33 Of Naphtali. naanites; and I likewise will go with 34 Of Dan.
thee into thy lot. So Simeon went Now after the death of Joshua it with him.
4 rael asked the LORD, saying, Who delivered the Canaanites and the Peshall go up for us against the Canaan- rizzites into their hand: and they slew ites first to fight against them ?
of them in Bezek ten thousand men.
The acts of several tribes. 5 And they found Adoni-bezek in Arad; and they went and dwelt among Bezek: and they fought against him, the people. and they slew the Canaanites and the 17 And Judah went with Simeon Periz cites.
his brother, and they slew the Canaan6 But Adoni-hezek Aled; and they ites that inhabited Zephath, and utpursced after him, and caught him, terly destroyed it. And the name of and cut off his thumbs and his great the city was called Hormah. toes.
18 Also Judah took Gaza with the 5 And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore coast thereof, and Askelon with the and ten kings, having their thumbs and coast thereof, and Ekron with the their great toes cut off, gathered their coast thereof. meut under my table; as I have done, 19 And the Lord was with Judah; so God hath requited me. And they and he drave out the inhabitants of the brought him to Jerusalem, and there mountain; but could not drive out the he died.
inhabitants of the valley, because they 8(Now the children of Judah had had chariots of iron. fought against Jerusalem, and had 20 And they gave Hebron unto Cataken it, and smitten it with the edge leb, as Moses said : and he expelled of the sword, and set the city on fire.) thence the three sons of Anak.
9 And afterward the children of 21 And the children of Benjamin Judah went down to fight against the did not drive out the Jebusites that Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebuand in the south, and in the valley. sites dwell with the children of Ber:
10 And Judah went against the Ca- jamin in Jerusalem unto this day. naanites that dwelt in Hebron : (now 22 And the house of Joseph, they the name of Hebron before was Kir- also went up against Beth-el: and the jath-arba :) and they slew Sheshai, LORD was with them. and Ahiman, and Talmai.
23 And the house of Joseph sent te 11 And from thence he went against descry Beth-el. Now the name of the inhabitants of Debir: and the name the city before was Luz. of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher: 24 And the spies saw a man come
12 And Caleb said, He that smiteth forth out of the city, and they said Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the will I give Achsah my daughter to entrance into the city, and we will wife.
shew thee mercy: 13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz 25 And when he shewed them the Caleb's younger brother, took it: and entrance into the city, they smote the he gave him Achsah his daughter to city with the edge of the sword : wife.
but they let go the man and all his 14 And it came to pass, when she family. came to him, that she moved him to 26 And the man went into the land ask of her father a field: and she light- of the Hittites, and built a city, and ed from off her ass; and Caleb said called the name thereof Luz: which unto her, What wilt thou ?
is the name thereof unto this day. 15 And she said unto him, Give me 27 | Neither did Manasseh drive a blessing: for thou hast given me a out the inhabitants of Beth-shean and south land; give me also springs of her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, water. And Caleb gave her the up nor the inhabitants of Dor and her per springs,and the nether springs. towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam
16 | And the children of the Kenite, and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Moses' father in law, went up out of Megiddo and her towns; but the Cathe city of palm trees with the child- naanites would dwell in that land. 'ren of Judah into the wilderness of 28 And it came to pass when Israel Judah, which lieth in the south of was strong, that they put the Canaan
Israel rebuked at Bochim. CHAP. II. The wickedness of the people. utes to tribute, and did not utterly drive | not obeyed my voice: why have ye them out.
done this? 29 Neither did Ephraim drive out 3 Wherefore I also said, I will not the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer ; drive them out from before you; but but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer they shall be as thorns in your sides,
and their gods shall be a snare unto you. 30 Neither did Zebulun drive out 4 And it came to pass, when the anthe inhabitants of Kitron, nor the in- gel of the Lord spake these words habitants of Nahalol; but the Canaan-unto all the children of Israel, that the ites dwelt among them, and became people lifted up their voice, and wept. tributaries.
5 And they called the name of that 31 | Neither did Asher drive out place Bochim: and they sacrificed the inhabitants of Accho, nor the in- there unto the Lord. habitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, 6 | And when Joshua had let the nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of people go, the children of Israel went Aphik, nor of Rehob:
every man unto his inheritance to pos32 But the Asherites dwelt among
sess the land. the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the 7 And the people served the LORD land: for they did not drive them out. all the days of Joshua, and all the days
33 Neither did Naphtali drive out of the elders that outlived Joshua, the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, nor who had seen all the great works of the inhabitants of Beth-anath; but he the Lord, that he did for Israel. dwelt among the Canaanites, the in 8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the habitants of the land: nevertheless the servant of the Lord, died, being an inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and of hundred and ten years old. Beth-anath became tributaries unto 9 And they buried him in the borthem.
der of his inheritance in Timnath34 And the Amorites forced the heres, in the mount of Ephraim, on children of Dan into the mountain: the north side of the hill Gaash. for they would not suffer them to 10 And also all that generation were come down to the valley:
gathered unto their fathers: and there 35 But the Amorites would dwell arose another generation after them, in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in which knew not the Lord, nor yet the Shaalbim : yet the hand of the house works which he had done for Israel. of Joseph prevailed, so that they be 11 | And the children of Israel did came tributaries.
evil in the sight of the Lord, and 36 And the coast of the Amorites served Baalim: was from the going up to Akrabbim, 12 And they forsook the Lord God from the rock, and upward.
of their fathers, which brought them
out of the land of Egypt, and followed CHAP. II. | An angel rebuketh the people at Bochim. 6
other gods, of the gods of the people The wickedness of the new generation after Jo- that were round about them, and bowShua. 14 Goł's anger and pity towards them. ed themselves unto them, and provok20 The Canaunites are left to prove Israel. ed the Lord to anger. And an angel of the Lord came up 13 And they forsook the Lord, and from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I served Baal and Ashtaroth. made you to go up out of Egypt, and 14 | And the anger of the Lord was have brought you unto the land which hot against Israel, and he delivered (
fathers; and I said, them into the hands of spoilers that I will never break my covenant with spoiled them, and he sold them into you.
the hands of their enemies round 2 And ye shall make no league with about, so that they could not any the inhabitants of this land; ye shall longer stand before their enemies. throw down their altars: but ye
have 15 Whithersoever they went out, the
sware unto your