Matthew Bible

Joshua 9

The kings combine against Israel.

Joshua 9:1 And when all the kynges that dwel on this syde Iordan, in the hilles and valeys, and a longe by all the costes of the great sea, euen vnto Libanon, the Hethites, the Amorites, the Cananites, the Pheresytes, the Heuytes, and the Iebusytes hearde, Joshua 9:2 they gathered them selues together to fyght agaynst Iosua and Israel, with one accorde.

The Gibeonites by craft obtain a league.

Joshua 9:3 But when the Enhabitoures of Gabaon heard what Iosua had done vnto Iericho, & Ai, Joshua 9:4 they played wylylye, and went and sente Ambasadoures, and toke the olde sackes vpon their Asses, and wyne bottelles olde and rent and knyt together agayne, Joshua 9:5 and olde clouted shoes vpon theyr fete, and olde rayment vpon them, and all their prouysyon of bread was dryed vp and hored. Joshua 9:6 And they came vnto Iosua into the hoste, to Galgall and sayde vnto hym and vnto the men of Israell: we be come from a farre countreye, nowe therfore make agrement with vs. Joshua 9:7 And the men of Israel said vnto the Heuites, paraduenture you dwelle amonge vs, and then how shoulde we make peace wyth you? Joshua 9:8 And they sayde vnto Iosua, we are thy seruauntes. And Iosua saide vnto them, what are ye, and whence come ye. Joshua 9:9 And they answered him. From a verye farre countrey the seruauntes are come in the name of the Lord thy God, for we haue heard the fame of him, and al that he dyd in Egypte, Joshua 9:10 and al that he dyd to the two kinges of the Amorites beyonde Iordan, Sehon kynge of Hesbon, and Og kyng of Basan, whyche dwelte at Astharoth. Joshua 9:11 Wherfore oure elders and al the Enhabitoures of oure countrey spake to vs, saying: take vitayles wyth you to serue by the waye, and go agaynst them, and saye vnto them: we are youre seruauntes. Nowe therfore make a couenaunt of peace with vs. Joshua 9:12 This oure prouysion of bread, we toke wyth vs oute of oure houses, whote, the daye we departed to come vnto you. And now beholde it is dried vp and hored. Joshua 9:13 And these bottelles of wyne, whiche we fylled were newe, and se, they be rente. And these oure garmentes and shoes are waxen olde by the reason of þe exceading long Iourneye. Joshua 9:14 And the men toke of their vitayles, and conceled not wyth the mouth of the Lorde. Joshua 9:15 And Iosua made a peace wyth them, and made a couenaunte with them, to saue their lyues, and the Lordes of the congregacyon sware vnto them.

Joshua 9:16 But thre dayes after they had made peace with them, they hearde that they were neighboures vnto them, & that they dwelt amonge them. Joshua 9:17 For the children of Israel toke their Iourney, and came vnto their cities the thirde daye, and their cities were Gabaon, Caphira, Beeroth, and Kariath Iarim. Joshua 9:18 And the children of Israell slewe them not, because the Lordes of the congregacion had sworne vnto them by the Lord God of Israel. And therfore al the multitude murmured against the Lordes. Joshua 9:19 But al the Lordes said vnto al the congregacion, we haue sworne vnto them by the Lorde God of Israel, and therfore we maye not hurte them. Joshua 9:20 But thys we will do to them and let them liue, and so shal no wrath be vpon vs because of the othe which we sware vnto them. Joshua 9:21 And the Lordes sayde vnto them, þt they should lyue: And they were made hewers of woode and drawers of water vnto al the congregacion, as the Lordes sayde vnto them.

For which they are condemned to perpetual bondage.

Joshua 9:22 Then Iosua sent for them, and talked wyth them, and sayde, wherfore haue ye begiled vs and yet ye dwel amonge vs? Joshua 9:23 and nowe therfore cursed be you, and there shall not cease to be of you, bond men and hewers of woode & drawers of water vnto the house of my God. Joshua 9:24 And they answered Iosua and sayde, it was tolde thy seruauntes, how that the Lorde thy God had commaunded his seruaunt Moses to geue you al the lande, and to destroye all the Enhabitoures therof oute of youre syghte, and therfore we were exceadinge sore afrayed of oure liues because of you, Joshua 9:25 & nowe beholde, we are in thyne hande, as it semeth good and righte in thyne eyes to do vnto vs, so do. Joshua 9:26 And he dealte as it is sayde, wyth them, and ridde them out of the handes of the chyldren of Israel, that they slewe them not. Joshua 9:27 And Iosua made them that same daye hewers of woode and drawers of water vnto the congregacyon and vnto the aulter of God vnto this day, in þe place which God should chose.

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