The Inhabitants of Gibeon – Joshua 9

Joshua 9:1 And it came to pass, when all the kings which  were on this side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys,  and in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon,  the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the  Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof; 

Joshua 9:2 That they  gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with  Israel, with one accord.  

Joshua 9:3 And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what  Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, 

Joshua 9:4 They did  work wilily, and went and made as if they had been  ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine  bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; 

Joshua 9:5 And old shoes  and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them;  and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy.  

Joshua 9:6 And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and  said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a  far country: now therefore make ye a league with us. 

Joshua 9:7  And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye  dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?  

Joshua 9:8 And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants.  And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from  whence come ye? 

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Joshua 9:9 And they said unto him, From a  very far country thy servants are come because of the name  of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of him,  and all that he did in Egypt, 

Joshua 9:10 And all that he did to  the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to  Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which  was at Ashtaroth. 

Joshua 9:11 Wherefore our elders and all the  inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals  with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto  them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a  league with us. 

Joshua 9:12 This our bread we took hot for our  provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go  unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy:  

Joshua 9:13 And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were  new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and  our shoes are become old by reason of the very long  journey. 

Joshua 9:14 And the men took of their victuals, and  asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD. 

Joshua 9:15 And  Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with  them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation  sware unto them.  

Joshua 9:16 And it came to pass at the end of three days after  they had made a league with them, that they heard that they  were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.  

Joshua 9:17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto  their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon,  and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath-jearim. 

Joshua 9:18  And the children of Israel smote them not, because the  princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the  LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured  against the princes. 

Joshua 9:19 But all the princes said unto all  the congregation, We have sworn unto them by the LORD  God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them.  

Joshua 9:20 This we will do to them; we will even let them live,  lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them. 

Joshua 9:21 And the princes said unto them, Let them  live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water  unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.   

Joshua 9:22 And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto  them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, We  are very far from you; when ye dwell among us? 

Joshua 9:23  Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you  be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and  drawers of water for the house of my God. 

Joshua 9:24 And they  answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told thy  servants, how that the LORD thy God commanded his  servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the  inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were  sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this  thing. 

Joshua 9:25 And now, behold, we are in thine hand: as it  seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do. 

Joshua 9:26  And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the  hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not.  

Joshua 9:27 And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and  drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of  the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should  choose. KJV

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