And it cometh to pass, when all the kings who are
beyond the Jordan, in the hill-country, and in the low-country, and in every
haven of the great sea, over-against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the
Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, hear --
that they gather themselves together to fight with Joshua,
and with Israel -- one mouth.
And the inhabitants of Gibeon have heard that which Joshua
hath done to Jericho and to Ai,
and they work, even they, with subtilty, and go, and feign
to be ambassadors, and take old sacks for their asses, and wine-bottles, old,
and rent, and bound up,
and sandals, old and patched, on their feet, and old
garments upon them, and all the bread of their provision is dry -- it was
And they go unto Joshua, unto the camp at Gilgal, and say
unto him, and unto the men of Israel, 'From a land far off we have come, and
now, make with us a covenant;'
and the men of Israel say unto the Hivite, 'It may be in our
midst ye are dwelling, and how do we make with thee a covenant?'
and they say unto Joshua, 'Thy servants we are.' And
Joshua saith unto them, 'Who are ye? and whence come ye?'
And they say unto him, 'From a land very far off have thy
servants come, for the name of Jehovah thy God, for we have heard His fame, and
all that He hath done in Egypt,
and all that He hath done to the two kings of the Amorite
who are beyond the Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of
Bashan, who is in Ashtaroth.
'And our elders, and all the inhabitants of our land speak
unto us, saying, Take in your hand provision for the way, and go to meet them,
and ye have said unto them, Your servants we are, and now, make with us a
this our bread -- hot we provided ourselves with it out of
our houses, on the day of our coming out to go unto you, and now, lo, it is
dry, and hath been crumbs;
and these are the wine-bottles which we filled, new,
and lo, they have rent; and these, our garments and our sandals, have become
old, from the exceeding greatness of the way.'
And the men take of their provision, and the mouth of
Jehovah have not asked;
and Joshua maketh with them peace, and maketh with them a
covenant, to keep them alive; and swear to them do the princes of the company.
And it cometh to pass, at the end of three days after that
they have made with them a covenant, that they hear that they are their
neighbours -- that in their midst they are dwelling.
And the sons of Israel journey and come in unto their cities
on the third day -- and their cities are Gibeon, and Chephirah, and
Beeroth, and Kirjath-Jearim --
and the sons of Israel have not smitten them, for sworn to
them have the princes of the company by Jehovah God of Israel, and all the
company murmur against the princes.
And all the princes say unto all the company, 'We -- we have
sworn to them by Jehovah, God of Israel; and now, we are not able to come
this we do to them, and have kept them alive, and wrath is
not upon us, because of the oath which we have sworn to them.'
And the princes say unto them, 'They live, and are hewers of
wood and drawers of water for all the company, as the princes spake to them.'
And Joshua calleth for them, and speaketh unto them, saying,
'Why have ye deceived us, saying, We are very far from you, and ye in our midst
and now, cursed are ye, and none of you is cut off from
being a servant, even hewers of wood and drawers of water, for the house of
And they answer Joshua and say, 'Because it was certainly
declared to thy servants, that Jehovah thy God commanded Moses His servant to
give to you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from
before you; and we fear greatly for ourselves because of you, and we do this
and now, lo, we are in thy hand, as it is
good, and as it is right in thine eyes to do to us -- do.'
And he doth to them so, and delivereth them from the hand of
the sons of Israel, and they have not slain them;
and Joshua maketh them on that day hewers of wood and
drawers of water for the company, and for the altar of Jehovah, unto this day,
at the place which He doth choose.