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Joshua 7

The Israelites are smitten at Ai.

Joshua 7:1 But yet þe children of Israel trespased in the excommunicate thynges: And Acan the sonne of Carmy, the sonne of Zabdi, the sonne of Zareh of the tribe of Iuda, toke of the excommunicat thinges. And the wrath of the Lorde waxed whote agaynst the children of Israel. Joshua 7:2 And Iosua sent men from Iericho to Hai, which is besyde Bethauen, on the east syde of Bethel, & spake vnto them, sayinge: gett you vp, & vewe the countrey. And the men went vp, & spyed out Hai. Joshua 7:3 And retourned to Iosua, and sayde vnto him, lett not all the people go vp, but let as it were a two or thre thousande men goo vp, and smyte Hai and make not all the people to laboure thether, for they are but fewe. Joshua 7:4 And so there went vp thether of þe people, aboute a thre thousande men, & they fledd before the men of Hai. Joshua 7:5 And the men of Hai smote of them vpon a thyrtye and sixe men: for they chased them from before þe gate euen vnto Sebarim, & smote them in the goyng doune. Wherfore þe hertes of þe people for feare melted awaye like water.

Joshua's complaint.

Joshua 7:6 And Iosua rent his clothes, and fell to the erth vpon his face before þe arcke of the Lorde vntill the euen tyde, he and the elders of Israel, & put erth vpon their heddes. Joshua 7:7 And Iosua sayde Alas, O Lorde God, wherfore hast þu brought thys people ouer Iordan, to diliuer vs into the hande of the Amorites, and to destroie vs: wold to God we had bene content, & dwelt on the other syde Iordan. Joshua 7:8 Oh Lorde what shall I saye, when Israel turneth their backes before their enemyes: Joshua 7:9 Surely the Cananites, and all þe enhabiters of þe lande shall heare of it, & shall conspire agaynst vs, & destroye the name of vs out of the worlde. And what wilt thou do vnto thy myghtie name?

God instructeth him what to do.

Joshua 7:10 And the Lorde sayde vnto Iosua, gett þe vp, wherfore lyest thou thus vpon thy face? Joshua 7:11 Israel hath synned, & they haue transgressed myne appointement, which I commaunded them: for they haue taken of the excommunicate thinges, and haue stolen, and dissembled, & put them vnto their awne stuffe Joshua 7:12 And therfore is it that þe children of Israel cannot stande before their ennemyes, but shall turne their backes before their ennemyes because they be excommunicate. Nether will I be wt you any moare, excepte ye rote out þe excommunicate from amonge you. Joshua 7:13 Up therfore, & sanctifie the people, and saye: sanctifie youre selues against to morowe: for so sayd þe Lord God of Israel There is a damned thinge amonge you (O Israel) & therfore ye cannot stande against youre ennemyes, vntill ye haue put þe damned thinge from amonge you. Joshua 7:14 Tomorowe morning therfore ye shall be brought according to youre tribes. And þe tribe which the Lord taketh, shal come according to þe kynreds therof. And þe kynred which the Lord shall finde gyltie, shall come by housholders And þe housholde which þe Lord shall finde fautye, shall come man by man. Joshua 7:15 And he þt is founde in þe excommunicacion, shalbe burnt with fire, he and all that he hath, because he hath transgressed the couenaunt of the Lord and wrought folye in Israell.

Achan is taken by the lot.

Joshua 7:16 And so Iosua rose vp erly in the morning and brought Israell by their tribes: and þe tribe of Iuda was caught. Joshua 7:17 And he brought the kynredes of Iuda, and toke the kynred of þe Zarehites. And he brought the kynred of the Zarehites, man, by man, & Zabdi was caught. Joshua 7:18 And he brought his housholde man by man, and Acan the sonne of Carmy, the sonne of Zabdi, the sonne of Zareth in the tribe of Iuda was caught.

His confession.

Joshua 7:19 And Iosua sayde vnto Acan: my sonne, I beseche the, geue glorie to þe Lord God of Israell, & geue him praise, & shewe me what thou hast done, hyde it not from me. Joshua 7:20 And Acan answered Iosua, & sayde: of a truthe I haue synned agaynst the Lorde God of Israell, & thus & thus haue I done. Joshua 7:21 I sawe among the spoyle a goodlye Babylonishe garment, & two hundred sicles of siluer, & a tonge of golde of fyftie sicles weyghte, and I coueted them, & toke them. And beholde, they lye hydde in the erthe in my tente and the siluer is ther vnder.

He and all he had are destroyed in the valley of Achor.

Joshua 7:22 And so Iosua sent messengers: which whan they ranne vnto his tent, beholde, they were hid in his tent, and the syluer there vnder. Joshua 7:23 Therfore they toke them out of the myddest of his tent, and brought them vnto Iosua, and vnto all the children of Israell, & layed them out before the Lorde. Joshua 7:24 And Iosua toke Acan the sonne of Zareh, and the siluer, & the garment, and the tonge of golde, and his sonnes & his daughters, his oxen, & his asses, his shepe, & his tent, & all that he had: and all Israell wyth hym brought them vnto the valeye of Acor. Joshua 7:25 And Iosua sayde: In as moche as thou haste troubled vs, the Lord shall trouble þe this daye. And all Israell stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, Joshua 7:26 and ouerwhelmed them with stones. And they cast vpon him a great heape of stones vnto this daye. And so the Lorde turned from the wrathe of his indignacion. And the name of the place is called þe valeye of Acor vnto this daye.

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