Yusha 9

It happened, when all the kings who were beyond the Jordan, in the hill-country, and in the lowland, and on all the shore of the great sea in front of Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard of it; 2that they gathered themselves together, to fight with Yusha and with Israel, with one accord. 3But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Yusha had done to Jericho and to Ai, 4they also resorted to a ruse, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks on their donkeys, and wine-skins, old and torn and bound up, 5and old and patched shoes on their feet, and old garments on them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and was become moldy. 6They went to Yusha to the camp at Gilgal, and said to him, and to the men of Israel, We are come from a far country: now therefore make a covenant with us. 7The men of Israel said to the Hivites, What if you dwell among us; and how shall we make a covenant with you? 8They said to Yusha, We are your servants. Yusha said to them, Who are you? Where do you come from? 9They said to him, From a very far country your servants are come because of the name of Allah your God: for we have heard of his fame, and all that he did in Egypt, 10and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, who was at Ashtaroth. 11Our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spoke to us, saying, Take provision in your hand for the journey, and go to meet them, and tell them, We are your servants: and now make a covenant with us. 12This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go to you; but now, behold, it is dry, and is become moldy: 13and these wine-skins, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they are torn: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey. 14The men took of their provision, and did not ask counsel at the mouth of Allah. 15Yusha made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swore to them. 16It happened at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they lived among them. 17Bani-Israel traveled, and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kiriath Jearim. 18Bani-Israel didn’t strike them, because the princes of the congregation had sworn to them by Allah, the God of Israel. All the congregation murmured against the princes. 19But all the princes said to all the congregation, We have sworn to them by Allah, the God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them. 20This we will do to them, and let them live; lest wrath be on us, because of the oath which we swore to them. 21The princes said to them, Let them live: so they became wood cutters and drawers of water to all the congregation, as the princes had spoken to them. 22Yusha called for them, and he spoke to them, saying, Why have you deceived us, saying, We are very far from you; when you dwell among us? 23Now therefore you are cursed, and there shall never fail to be of you slaves, both wood cutters and drawers of water for the house of my God. 24They answered Yusha, and said, Because it was certainly told your servants, how that Allah your God commanded his servant Musa to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you; therefore we were greatly afraid for our lives because of you, and have done this thing. 25Now, behold, we are in your hand: as it seems good and right to you to do to us, do. 26So did he to them, and delivered them out of the hand of Bani-Israel, that they did not kill them. 27That day Yusha made those wood cutters and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of Allah, to this day, in the place which he should choose.


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