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The Israelites rest from war. CHAP. xxit. The two tribes andhalf sent home. 209 according to their families, were thirteen 5 But take diligent heed to do the cities with their suburbs.

| commandment and the law, which Moses 34 4 And unto the families of the chil- l the servant of the Lord charged you, to dren of Merari, the rest of the Levites, love the LORD your God, and to walk in out of the tribe of Zebulun, Jokneam all his ways, and to keep his commandwith her suburbs, and Kartah with her ments, and to cleave unto him, and to suburbs,

serve him with all your heart, and with all 35 Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal your soul. with her suburbs; four cities.

6 So Joshua blessed them, and sent them 36 And out of the tribe of Reuben, away; and they went into their tents. Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with 7 Now to the one half of the tribe of her suburbs,

Manasseh Moses had given po:808sion in 37 Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Bashan : but unto the other half thereof Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities. gave Joshua among their brethren on this

38 And out of the tribe of Gad, Ra side Jordan westward. And when Joshua moth in Gilead with her suburbs, to be a sent them away also unto their tents, then city of refuge for the slayer; and Maha he blessed them, naim with her suburbs,

8 And he spake unto them, saying, Re39 Heshbon with her suburbs, Jazer ll turn with much riches unto your tents, with her suburbs ; four cities in all. and with very much cattle, with silver,

40 So all the cities for the children of and with gold, and with brass, and with Merari by their families, which were re iron, and with very much raiment : dimaining of the families of the Levites, vide the spoil of your enemies with your were by their lot twelve cities.

i brethren. 41 All the cities of the Levites within 99 And the children of Reuben, and the the possession of the children of Israel children of Gad, and the half-tribe of were forty and eight cities with their || Manasseh returned, and departed from suburbs.

the children of Israel out of Shiloh, which 42 These cities were every one with is in the land of Canaan, to go unto the their suburbs round about them. Thus country of Gilead, to the land of their were all these cities.

possession, whereof they were possessed, 43 | And the LORD gave unto Israel according to the word of the Lord by all the land which he sware to give unto the hand of Moses. their fathers, and they possessed it, and 10 | And when they came unto the dwelt therein.

borders of Jordan, that are in the land of 44 And the LORD gave them rest round Canaan, the children of Reuben, and the about, according to all that he sware unto children of Gad, and the half-tribe of their fathers : and there stood not a man | Manasseh built there an altar by Jordan, of all their enemies before them; the || a great altar to see to. LORD delivered all their enemies into | 11 | And the children of Israel heard their hand.

say, Behold, the children of Reuben, and 45 There failed not aught of any good || the children of Gad, and the half-tribe of thing which the Lord had spoken unto Manasseh, have built an altar over against the house of Israel; all came to pass the land of Canaan, in the borders of CHAP. XXII.

Jordan, at the passage of the children of 1 The two tribes and half sent home. 10 || Israel."

They build an altar of testimony in their | 12 And when the children of Israel journey. 11 Contention thereupon. heard of it, the whole congregation of the THEŃ Joshua called the Reubenites, ll children of Israel gathered themselves

1 and the Gadites, and the half-tribe together at Shiloh, to go up to war against. of Manasseh,

them. 2 And said unto them, Ye have kept all 13 And the children of Israel sent unto that Moses the servant of the LORD com- the children of Reuben, and to the chilmanded you, and have obeyed my voice dren of Gad, and to the half-tribe 'of Main all that I commanded you :

nasseh into the land of Gilead, Phinehas, 3 Ye have not left your brethren these the son of Eleazar the priest, many days unto this day, but have kept 14 And with him ten princes, of each the charge of the commandment of the chief house a prince throughout all the LORD your God.

tribes of Israel ; and each one was an 4 And now the LORD your God hath head of the house of their father's among given rest unto your brethren, as he prom the thousands of Israel. ised them : therefore now return ye, and 15 And they came unto the children get yè unto your tents, and unto the land of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, of your possession, which Moses the ser- || and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, unto vant of the LORD gave you on the other the land of Gilead, and they spake with sitte Jordan,

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Reconciliation ensueth. 16 Thus saith the whole congregation || when they should so say to us or to our of the LORD, What trespass is this that il generations in time to come, that we ye have committed against the God of Is- may say again, Behold the pattern of the rael, to turn away this day from following altar of the LORD, which our fathers the LORD, in that ye have builded you an made, not for burnt-offerings, nor for altar, that ye might rebel this day against il sacrifices ; but it is a witness between us the LORD?

and you. 17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for 29 God forbid that we should rebel us, from which we are not cleansed until against the Lord, and turn this day this day, although there was a plague in from following the LORD, to build an the congregation of the LORD,

altar for burnt-offerings, for meat-offer18 But that ye must turn away this day ings, or for sacrifices, beside the altar from following the LORD? and it will be, of the LORD our God that is before his seeing ye rebel to-day against the LORD, tabernacle. that to-morrow he will be wroth with the 30 | And when Phinehas the priest, and whole congregation of Israel.

the princes of the congregation, and 19 Notwithstanding, if the land of your heads of the thousands of Israel which possession be unclean, then pass ye over were with him, heard the words that the unto the land of the possession of the children of Reuben, and the children of LORD, wherein the Lord's tabernacle Gad, and the children of Manasseh spake, dwelleth, and take possession among us: || it pleased tliem. but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel 31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar against us, in building you an altar beside the priest said unto the children of Reuthe altar of the LORD our God.

ben, and to the children of Gad, and to 20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah the children of Manasseh, This day we commit a trespass in the accursed thing, perceive that the LORD is among us, beand wrath feil on all the congregation of cause ye have not committed this trespass Israel ? and that man perished not alone against the LORD: now ye have delivered in his iniquity.

the children of Israel out of the hand of 21 | Then the children of Reuben, and ! the LORD. the children of Gad, and the half-tribe of 32 1 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar Manasseh answered, and said unto the the priest, and the princes, returned from heads of the thousands of Israel,

the children of Reuben, and from the 22 The Lord God of gods, the LORD | children of Gad, out of the land of GilGod of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he | ead, unto the land of Canaan, to the shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in children of Israel, and brought them word transgression against the LORD, (save us | again, not this day,)

33 And the thing pleased the children 23 That we have built us an altar to i of Israel; and the children of Israel blessturn from following the Lord, or if to ed God, and did not intend to go up offer thereon burnt-cfiering, or meat-offer- against them in battle, to destroy the land ing, or if to offer peace-offerings thereon, wherein the children of Reuben and Gad let the Lord himself require it ;

dwelt. 24. And if we have not rather done it 34 And the children of Reuben and for fear of this thing, saying, In time to the children of Gad called the altar Ed : come your children might speak unto our for it shall be a witness between us that children, saying, What have ye to do with || the LORD is God. the LORD God of Israel?

CHAP. XXIII. 25 For the Lord hath made Jordan a 1 Joshua's exhortation before his death, border between us and you, ye children by former benefits, 5 by firomises, 11 of Reuben and children of Gad; ye have V and by threatenings. no part in the Lord. So shall your chil AND it came to pass, a long time after dren make our children cease from fear A that the LORD had given rest unto Ising the LORD.

rael from all their enemies round about, 26 Therefore we said, Let us now pre that Joshua waxed cland stricken in age. pare to build us an altar, not for burnt 1 2 And Joshua called for all Israel, and offering, nor for sacrifice:

for their elders, and for their heads, and 27 But that it may be a witness between for their judges, and for their officers, us, and you, and our generations after and said unto them, I am old and stricken us, that we might do the service of the || in age: LORD before him with our burnt-offer | 3°And ye have seen all that the LORD ings, and with our sacrifices, and with our | your God hath done unto all these nations peace-offerings ; that your children may because of you; for the Lord your God not say to our children in time to come, is he that hath fought for you. Ye have no part in the LORD.

4 Behold, I have divided unto you by 22 Therefore said we, that it shall be, Il lot these nations that remain, to be an

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Jushua's exhortation. CAAP. XXIV. Joshua relateth God's benefits. 211 inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, 11

CHAP. XXIV. with all the nations that I have cut off, | 1 Joshua assembling the tribes, 2 relateth: even unto the great sea westward.

God's benefits. 14 He reneweth a cove5 And the Lord your God, he shall || nant between them and God. 29 His expel them from before you, and drive | death. them from out of your sight ; and yel AND Joshua gathered all the tribes of shall possess their land, as the LORD | A Israel to Shechem, and called for the your God hath promised unto you.

elders of Israel, and for their hcads, and 6 Be ye therefore very courageous to || for their judges, and for their officers; and keep and to do all that is written in the they presented themselves before God. book of the law of Moses, that ye turn 2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Rot aside therefrom to the right hand or to Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your the left ;

fathers dwelt on the other side of the 7 That yecome not among these nations, || flood in old time, even Terah, the father these that remain among you ; neither of Abraham, and the father of Nachor : make mention of the name of their gods, I and they served other gods. por cause to swear by them, neither serve 3 And I took your father Abraham from them, nor bow yourselves unto them : the other side of the flood, and led him

8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, throughout all the land of Canaan, and as ye have done unto this day.

multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac. 9 For the LORD hath driven out from 4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and before you great nations and strong: but Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, as for you, no man hath been able to to possess it; but Jacob and his children stand before you unto this day.

went down into Egypt. 10 One man of you shall chase a thou 5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I sand: for the LORD your God, he it is plagued Egypt, according to that which that fighteth for you, as he hath prom I did among them; and afterward I

brought you out. 11 Take good heed therefore unto your 6 And I brought your fathers out of selves, that ye love the LORD your God. Egypt : and ye came unto the sea; and the

12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, | Egyptians pursued after your fathers with and cleave unto the remnant of these na- chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea. tions, even these that remain among you, 7 And when they cried unto the LORD), and shall make marriages with them, and he put darkness between you and the go in unto them, and they to you:

Egyptians, and brought the sea upon 13 Know for a certainty that the them, and covered them; and your LORD your God will no more drive out eyes have seen what I have done in any of these nations from before you ; but Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a they shall be snares and traps unto you, long season. and scourges in your sides, and thorns in 8 And I brought you into the land of your eyes, until ye perish from off this the Amorites, which dwelt on the other good land which the LORD your God side Jordan; and they fought with you : hath given ́you.

and I gave them into your hand, that ye 14 And behold, this day I am going might possess their land; and I destroythe way of all the earth ; and ye know led them from before you. in all your hearts and in all your souls, | 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king that not one thing hath failed of all the of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, good things which the LORD your God and sent and called Balaam the son of spake concerning you; all are come to | Beor to curse you : . pass unto you, and not one thing hath 10 But I would not hearken unto Bafailed thereof."

laam; therefore he blessed you still : so 15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that I delivered you out of his hand. as all good things are come upon you, 11 And ye went over Jordan, and came which the LORD your God promised you; unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho so shall the LORD bring upon you all evilfought against you, the Amorites, and the things, until he have destroyed you from Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the off this good land which the LORD your Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, God hath given you.

and the Jebusites, and I delivered them 16 When ye have transgressed the cov into your hand. enant of the LORD your God, which he | 12' And I sent the hornet before you, commanded you, and have gone and serve | which drave them out from before you, ed other gods, and bowed yourselves to even the two kings of the Amorites; but them; then shall the anger of the LORD | not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. be kindled against you, and ye shall perish 13 And I have given you a land for quickly from off the good land which he which ye did not labour, and cities which hath given unto you,

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212 Joshua's counsel to Israel. JUDGES.

His death. the vineyards and oliveyards which ye and incline your heart unto the LORD planted not do ye eat.

God of Israel. 14 f Now therefore fear the LORD, and 24 And the people said unto Joshua, seme him in sincerity and in truth; and The LORD our God will we serve, and put away the gods which your fathers his voice will we obey. served on the other side of the flood, and 25 So Joshua made a covenant with the in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. | people that day, and set them a statute

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve || and an ordinance in Shechem. the LORD, choose you this day whom ye | 26 | And Joshua wrote these words in will serie, whether the gods which your | the book of the law of God, and took a fathers served that were on the other side | great stone, and set it up there under an of the food, or the gols of the Amorites oak that was by the sanctuary of the in whose land ye dwell: but as for me || LORD. and my house, we will serve the LORD. 27 And Joshua said unto all the peo

16 And the people answered, and said, I ple, Behold, this stone shall be a witness Gul forbid that we should forsake the unto us ; for it hath heard all the words LORD, to serve other gods;

of the LORD which he spake unto us: it 17 For the Lord our God, he it is that shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest brought us up, and our fathers, out of the ye deny your God. land or Egypt, from the house of bondage, 28 So Joshua let the people depart, erand which did those great signs in our || ery man unto his inheritance. sight, and preserved us in all the way 29 | And it came to pass after these wherein we went, and among all the things, that Joshua the son of Nun the people through whom we passed : i servant of the LORD died, being an hun

18 And the LORD drave out from be- dred and ten years old. fore us all the people, even the Amorites 30 And they buried him in the border of which dwelt in the land : therefore will his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which we also serve the Lord; for he is our is in mount Ephraim, on the north side God.

of the hill of Gaash. 19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye 31 And Israel served the LORD all the cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy days of Joshua, and all the days of the God; he is a jealous God; he will not i elders that over-lived Joshua, and which forgive your transgressions, nor your sins. | had known all the works of the LORD

20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve that he had done for Israel. strange gods, then he will turn and do 32 | And the bones of Joseph, which the you hurt, and consume you, after that he children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, hath done you good.

buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of 21 And the people said unto Joshua, ground which Jacob bought of the sons Nay ; but we will serve the LORD. of Hamor the father of Shechem for an

22 And Joshua said unto the people, hundred pieces of silver ; and it became Ye are witnesses against yourselves that the inheritance of the children of Joseph. ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve 33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; him. And they said, We are witnesses. | and they buried him in a hill that per

23 Now therefore put away ( said he tained io Phinehas his son, which was the strange gods which are among you,' given him in mount Ephraim.

THE BOOK OF JUDGES.
CHAP. I.

4 And Judah went up; and the LORD 1 The acts of Judah and Simcon, 6 A-delivered the Canaanites and the Periz

doni-bezek justly requited. 8 Jerusa- || zites into their hand: and they slew of lem, 10 and Hebron taken.

them in Bezek ten thousand men. N OW after the death of Joshua it came 5 And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek:

to pass, that the children of Israel and they fought against him, and they slew asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up the Canaanites and the Perizzites. for us against the Canaanites first to fight | 6 But Adoni-bezek fled; and they puragainst them?

sued after him, and caught him, and cut 2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go off his thumbs and his great toes. up : behold, I have delivered the land in-| 7 And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore to his hand.

|| and ten kings, having their thumbs and 3 And Judah said unto Simeon his their great toes cut off, gathered their brother, Come up with me into my lot, 1meat under my table; as I have done, so that we may fight against the Canaan- | God hath requited me. And they brought ites; and I likewise will go with thee in- him to Jerusalem, and there he died. to thy lot. So Simeon went with him. I 8 (Now the children of Juciah had

Jerusalem and Hebron taken. CHAP, 11. The Canaanites put 10 tribute. 213 fought against Jerusalem, and had taken | Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into it, and smitten it with the edge of the the city, and we will shew thee mercy. sword, and set the city on fire.)

25 And when he shewed them the en9 And afterward the children of Ju- || trance into the city, they smote the city dah went down to fight against the Cana with the edge of the sword: but they let anites that dwelt in the mountain, and in go the man and all his family. the south, and in the valley.

26 And the man went into the land of 10 And Judah went against the Cana- the Hittites, and built a city, and called anites that dwelt in Hebron : (now the || the name thereof Luz: which is the name name of Hebron before was Kirjath-ar- | thereof unto this day. ba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, | 27 | Neither did 'Manasseh drive out and Talmai.'

the inhabitants of Beth-shean and her 11 And from thence he went against the towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor inhabitants of Debir : and the name of the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor Debir before was Kirjath-sepher: the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns,

12 And Caleb said, He that smiteth 1) nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her Kirjath-cepher, and taketh it, to him will towns; but the Canaanites would dwell Igire Achsah my daughter to wife. in that land.

13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, | 28 And it came to pass when Israel Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he || was strong, that they put the Canaanites gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. | to tribute, and did not utterly drive

14 And it came to pass, when she came || them out. to him, that she moved him to ask of her | 29 4 Neither did Ephraim drive out father a field : and she lighted from off the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer ; but her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among wilt thou?

them. 15 And she said unto him, Give me a 50 Neither did Zebulun drive out the blessing : for thou hast given me a south inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants land; give me also springs of water. And of Nahalol ; but the Canaanites dwelt Caleb gare her the upper springs, and among them, and became tributaries. the nether springs.

31 Ý Neither did Asher drive out the in16 | And the children of the Kenite, habitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Moxes' father-in-law, went up out of the Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor city of palm-trees with the children of l of Helbah, ror of Aphik, nor of Rehob: Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which || 32 But the Asherites dwelt among the lieth in the south of Arad; and they went Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land : and dwelt among the people.

for they did not drive them out. 17 And Judah went with Simeon his 93 | Neither did Naphtali drive out the brother, and they slew the Canaanites inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, nor the inthat inhabited Zephath, and utterly de habitants of Beth-anath ; but he dwelt stroyed it. And the name of the city was among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of called Hormah.

the land : nevertheless, the inhabitants of 18 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast Beth-shemesh and of Beth-anath became thereof, and Askelon with the coast there- || tributaries unto them. of, and Ekron with the coast thereof. 34 And the Amorites forced the chil

19 And the LORD was with Judah ; || dren of Dan into the mountain : for they and he drave out the inhabitants of the would not suffer them to come down to mountain ; but could not drive out the the valley : inhabitants of the valley, because they 35 But the Amorites would dwell in had chariots of iron.

mount Heres in Ajalon, and in Shaal20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, bim : yet the hand of the house of Jo. as Moses said : and he expelled thence seph prevailed, so that they became tribthe three sons of Anak.

utaries. 21 And the children of Benjamin did 36 And the coast of the Amorites quals not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited from the going up to Akrabbim, from Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the rock, and upward. the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem |

CHAP. II. unto this day.

1 An angel rebuketh the people at Bochiir. 22 And the house of Joseph, they 6 The wickedness of the new generation also went up against Beth-el; and the after Joshua. 14, 20 Their punishment. LORD was with them.

AND an angel of the LORD came up 23 And the house of Joseph sent to A from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I descry Beth-el. Now the name of the || made you to go up out of Egypt, and have. sity before was Luz.

brought you unto the land which I sware 24 And the spies saw a man come forth unto your fathers; and I said, I will neyqut of the city, and they said unto him, her break my covenant with you.

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