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Eight and forty cities
JOSHUA, XXII. 24 Aijalon with her suburbs, Gath- | B. C. 1444. rimmon with her suburbs; four
25 And out of the half tribe of t ver.6.
26 All the cities were ten with their suburbs, for the families of v ch.20.7. the children of Kohath that remained.
27 T And unto the children of Gershon, t of the families of the Levites, out of the other half tribe of Manasseh they gave Golan u in Bashan with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Beeshterah with her suburbs; two cities.
28 And out of the tribe of Issachar, Kishon with her suburbs, Dabareh with her suburbs,
29 Jarmuth with her suburbs, En-gannim with her suburbs; four cities.
30 And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs,
31 Helkath with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs; four
38 And out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Mahanaim with her suburbs, 39 Heshbon with her suburbs, Jazer with her suburbs; four cities in all.
z Ge. 12.7.
13.15. 15.13-21. 26.3,4. 28.4,13,14.
Nu.23.19. 1 Ki.8.56. 1Cor. 1.9. Tit. 1.2.
32 And out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, to be a city of refuge for the slayer; and Hammoth-dor with her suburbs, and Kartan with (CHAP. 22.) her suburbs; three cities.
33 All the cities of the Gershon-a Nu.32.20ites, according to their families were thirteen cities with their suburbs.
34 And unto the families of the b ch.1.12.18. children of Merari, w the rest of the Levites, out of the tribe of Ze-c De.29.8. bulun, Jokneam with her suburbs, d De.6.6.17. and Kartah with her suburbs, 35 Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs; four cities.
11.22. ICh.28.7,8. Jer. 12. 16.
e De. 10.12.
36 And out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs, 37 Kedemoth with her suburbs, f Acts 11.23. and Mephaath with her suburbs; four cities.
1Sa, 12.20, 24.
40 So all the cities for the children of Merari, by their families, i ch.17.5. which were remaining of the famihes of the Levites, were by their lot twelve cities. 41 All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the chil
given to the Levites. [dren of Israel were forty and eight y 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 z to give unto their fathers: and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
44 And a the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and b there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.
45 There c failed not aught of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
The two tribes and half with a blessing are sent home.
HEN Joshua called the Reu
the half tribe of Manasseh,
2 And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses a the servant of the LORD commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that Ib commanded you:
3 Ye have not left your brethren these many days unto this day, but have kept the charge of the commandment of the LORD your God. 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 c on the other side Jordan.
5 But taked diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, toe love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave ƒ unto him, and to serve g him with all your heart and with all your soul.
6 So Joshua blessed h them, and sent them away; and they went unto their tents.
7 Now to the one half of the tribe of Mannasseh Moses had given possession in Bashan: but i unto the other half thereof 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 k k De.8.10-14. unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron,
The two tribes and a half JOSHUA, XXII. and with very much raiment; di- B. C. 1444. vide the spoil of your enemies! with your brethren.
9 And the children of Renben, 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, m 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 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 n to see to.
11 And the children of Israel heard o 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.
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, p Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest,
14 And with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince throughout all the tribes of Israel; and each one was an head q of the house, of their fathers among the thousands of Israel.
o De. 13, 12,
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 r of gods, the LORD God of gods, he knoweth,y and Israel z he shall know; if it be in rebellion, a 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 peace offerings thereon, let the LORD himself require bit;
24 And if we have not rather done it for fear of this thing, saying, 2 In time to come your children might speak unto our children, saying, What have ye to do with the LORD God of Israel?
26 Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacritice:
& Nu.25.3, &c.
12 And when the children of Is-u Nu. 16.22. rael heard of it, the whole congre- v ch.18.1. gation of the children of Israel! gathered themselves together at w ch.7.1,&c. Shiloh, to go up to war against De. 10. 17. them. Ps.95.3.
136.2. Dan.2.47. 11.36.
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 Gi-z Mal.3.18. lead, and they spake with them, saying,
a 1Sa, 15.23.
17 Is the iniquity of Peor s too little for us, from which we are note ver.34. 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 t it will be, seeing ye rebel to
d 1Ki. 12.27,
ƒ De. 12.5,&c.
sent home with a blessing.
day against the LORD, that to morrow he will be u wroth with the whole congregation of Israel.
19 Notwithstanding, if the land of your possession be unclean, then pass ye over unto the land of the possession of the LORD, wherein the LORD's tabernacle dwelleth, v and take possession among us: but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar beside the altar of the LORD our God.
20 Did not Achan w the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity.
27 But that it may be a witnesse between us and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before f 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 g of the altar of the LORD, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacri
Exhortation to obedience
fices; but it is a witness between us and you.
29 God forbid h that we should re-
31 And Phinehas the son of Elea-
De.31.28. 1Ch.28.1. d Ps.44.3.
1 Joshua's exhortation before his death, 3 by former benefits, 5 by promises, 11 and by threatenings.
5 i. e. a wit-
32 And Phinehas the son of Elea-
33 And the thing pleased the chil-g Nu.33.53. dren of Israel; and the children of h ch.17. i Deut.5.32. Israel / blessed God, and did not intend to go up against them in bat- De.7.2,3. 1 Ps. 16.4. tle, to destroy the land wherein the children of Reuben and Gad dwelt. 34 And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar 5 Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the LORD is God. CHAPTER XXIII.
10 One o man of you shall chase a thousand for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as p he sun-hath promised you.
11 Take good heed therefore unto 5 yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.
12 Else if ye do in any wise go back, q and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages r with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: 13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more s drive out any of these nations from before you: but they shall be snarest and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off u this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
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, v that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
by promises and threatenings. nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea 2 westward. 5 And the LORD your God, hef shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your land, as the LORD your God hath sight; and ye shall possess their promised g unto you.
6 Be ye therefore very courageous h to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that iye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;
after that the LORD had given rest a unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old b and 1 stricken in age.
&c. your souls. q is. 125.5.
2 And Joshua called c 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 ther 2Cor.6.14.
4 Behold, I have divided e unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tnbes, from Jordan, with all the
7 That k ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear m by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: 8 3 But cleave a unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.
94 For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day.
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 upon you w all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.
16 When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God,
Joshua relates God's benefits. JOSHUA, XXIV. which he commanded you, and B. C.1427. have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger a of the LORD
be kindled against you, and ye
1 Joshua assembleth the tribes at She-
Renewal of the covenant.
of a Jericho fought against 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 r before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not s with thy sword, nor with thy bow.
all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called a for the elders of Israel, and for their heads and for their judges, and for their officers; and they pre-h sented b themselves before God.
13 And I have givent you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities u which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat. 14 Now v therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity w and in truth; and put away a the gods which your fathers served on
2 And Joshua said unto all the
Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
4 And f I gave unto Isaac, Jacob r Ex.23.28.
5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued i Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.
6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt and k ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.
b 18a. 10.19.
11 And p ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho; and the men!
d Ge. 12. 1.
Ge.46.1-7. i Ex.VII-XII. k Ex. XIV.
7 And when they cried unto the
9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent n and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:
10 But o I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still so I delivered you out of his
h Eze, 18.24.
k Ps. 119.173.
that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but a as for me and my house, we will serve
16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
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 b will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.
19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot c serve the LORD: for d he is an holy God; he is a jealouse God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If g ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after h 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 i are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen k you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
23 Now therefore put l away (said he) the strange gods which are
among you, and incline your heartm | B. C. 1427. ; unto the LORD God of Israel.
24 And the people said n 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. 26 And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there o under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the LORD. 27 And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard p all the words of the LORD which he spake unto us: it shall qt De.11.2,7. be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny 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 Nun, the servant of the LORD, died,
u Ge.50.25. Ex.13.19. He.11.22.
2 or, lambs.
2 And the LORD said, Judah c shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.
m Pr.2.2. He.12.28, 29.
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 d into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.
p Deut.32.1. q ch.22.28,34.
4 And Judah went up, and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek e ten thousand men.
prolonged their days after.
The Book of JUDGES.
1 The acts of Judah and Simeon. 8 Jerusalem taken. 21 The acts of Benjamin, Manasseh, etc.
after the death a of Joshua
a Jos.24.29. b ch.20.18. Nu.27.21. c Ge.49.8,9.
it came to pass, that the child
ren of Israel b asked the LORD, say-d ver. 17. ing, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first to fight against them?
e 1Sa. 11.8.
6 But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him,
Year of the Creation, 2579....Before Christ, 1425....Year of the Exodus, 66.
B. C. 1425. and cut off his thumbs and his
7 And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having 1 their thumbs and their great toes cut off, 2 gathered their meat under my table; asf I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
5 And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanitesi Jos. 15.13. and the Perizzites. k Jos. 15.15,
being an hundred and ten years old. 30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance r in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
3 or, low
31 And Israel s served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that 1 overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD that he had done for Israel.
32 And u 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 v of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred 2 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.
8 Now the children of Judah hadg 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 h the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, th dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the 3 valley.
10 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in i Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjath-arba :) and they 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 16