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The two tribes and half JOSHUA, XXII. build an altar,

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 T And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. 44 And the LORD 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 ; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand. 45 There failed not aught of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel ; came to pass.

CHAPTER XXII. 1 The two tribes and half with a blessing are sent home... 10. They build the altar % testimony in their #| || 11 sraelites are offended thereat. 21. They give them good satisfaction. HEN Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, 2 And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have §§ my voice in all that I ed you : 3 Ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the §omandment of the LORD your OCl. 4 And now the LORD your God hath given rest unto your brethren, as he promised them : therefore now return ye, and get you unto your tents, and unto the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the LORD gave you on the other side Jordan. 5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the Servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, 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 tents. 7 * Now to the one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given p088 in Bashan : but unto the other half togor 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 spake 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 the LORD by the hand of Moses. 10 " And when they came unto

The 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 to. 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 Is– rael heard of it, the whole congregation of the children of Israel thered themselves together at . to go up to War against ein. 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 o 14 And with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince throughout all the tribes of Israel; onci each one was a head of the hoo 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 spake with them, sayin

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Contention concerning it. JOSHUA, XXII.

is this that ye have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from following the LORD, in that ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this day *i; the LORD? 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 of the LORD, 18 But that ye must turn away this day from following the LORD? and it will be, seeing ye rebel to days against the LORD, that to morrow he will be wroth with the whole congregation of Israel. 19 Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession be unclean, them pass ye over unto the land of the ssession of the LORD, wherein he LORD's tabernacle dwelleth, and take possession among us: but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar besides the altar of the LORD our God. 20 Did not Achan the Son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all

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that man perished not alone in his

o 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 Israel, 22 The LORD God of gods, the LoRD God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall know ; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (Save us not this day, ) 23 That we have built us an altar to turn from following the LORD, or if to offer thereon burnt offering or meat offering, or if to offer ce offerings thereon, let the ORD himself require it: 24 And if we have not rather done it for fear of this thing, say— , In time to come your children might speak unto our children, saying, What have ye to do with the LoftD God of Israel? 25 For the LORD hath made Jordan a border between us and you, ye children of Reuben and children of Gad; ye have no part in the LORD : so shall your children make Qur children cease from fearing the

Ord. 26. Therefore we said, Let us now

The deputies satisfied. repare to build us an altar, not #. burnt offering, nor for sacrice: 27 But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the Service of the LORD 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, Ye have no part in the LORD. 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 the LORD, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between uS and you. 29 God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn this day from following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt offer; for meat offerings, or for sacifices, besides the altar of the LORD Our God 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 o 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 the LORD is among us, because ye have not committed this trespass against the LORD : now ye have delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of the LORD. 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

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Joshua's eachortation

and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the LORD is GOd. CHAPTER XXIII. 1 Joshua's eachortation before his death 8 | ormer benefits, 5 by promises, †† and by threatenings. Ao it came to pass, a long time after that the LORD 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 ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you: for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you. 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 the LORD your God, he shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the Lord your God hath promised unto you. 6 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside thereso to the right hand or to the elt: 7. That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you: neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow Yo. unto them : 8 But cleave unto the LORD your o: as ye have done unto this ay. 9 For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and .#. but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. 10 One man of you shall chase a thousand : for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. 11 Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the *śl, se, ye do in any wise go back, and cleavoto the ro.

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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 the LORD your God 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 ye perish from off this ood land which the LORD your od hath given d"; 14 And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hati, failed of aii the good things which the LORD your God Spake Concerning you; all are come to pass unto §o. and not one thing hath failed thereof. 15 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you; so shall the LORD bring “o you all evil too until he have destroyed you from off this §." land which the LORD your God hath given

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The covenant

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.

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6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pur

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gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. 15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve : whether the gods which your fathers Served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell ; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. 16 And the people answered and Said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other

Sued after your fathers with char- god

iots and horsemen unto the Red

Sea. 7 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between §. and the Egyptians, and rought the sea upon them, and Covered them ; and your eyes have Seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye 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 ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you. 9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and Sent and called aam the Son of Beor to curse

yOu: 10 But I would not hearken unto - ; therefore he blessed you still : So I delivered you out of his hand. 11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho : and the men of Jericho fought ainst 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 Ou, which drave them out from fore you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow. 13 And I have given you a land for which le did not labour, and cities which ye built, not, and ye dwell in them ; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat. 14 * Now therefore fear the LoRD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth ; and put away the

OCIS: 17 For the LORD Our God, 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 the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land : therefore will we also serve the LORD ; for he is our God. 19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD : for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If ye forsake the LORD, and Serve Strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and conSume you, after that he hath done you good. 21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD. 22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourSelves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. 23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel. 24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD Our God 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. " And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctory of the LORDActs of Judah

27 And Joshua Said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye ‘. your God. 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 the LORD, died, being a hundred and ten years old. 30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-serah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the

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31 And Israel Served the LORD all the do of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which known all the works of the LORD, 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 a 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 Ephraim.

THE BOOK

CHAPTER I. 1 The acts of Judah and Simeon. 4 Adonibezek justly requited. 8 Jerusalem taken. 10 Hebron token. 11 Othniel hath Achsah. to wife for song of Debir. 16. The .Ken ites durell in Ju 17 Hormah, Gaza, Askelon and Ekron taken, 21 The acts of Benjamin. 22 Of the house of Joseph, who take Beth-el. 30 Of Zebulum. 31 of Asher. 33 of Naphtali. #4 of Dan. OW after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them * 2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up : behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. 3 And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him. 4 And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand : and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men. 5 And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 6 But Adoni-bezek fled; and they Fo after him, and caught im, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. 7 And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and th; great toes cut

OF JUDGES.

off, gathered their meat under m table: as I have done, So God hat requited me. And they brought § to Jerusalem, and there he leC1. 8 Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and Smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city

On fire. 9 * And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley. 10 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: now the name of Hebron before was Kirjath—arba : and o, Slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai. 11 And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher: 12 And Caleb Said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. o 13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. 14 And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou? 15 And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given

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