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n ch. 20, 8.

o Num. 35, 7.

& 15. 18. &


35 Dimnah with her suburbs, Nahalal with her suburbs; four cities. 36 And out of the tribe of Reuben, m Bezer with her suburbs, and Jahazah with her suburbs,

37 Kedemoth with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs: four cities.

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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. 40 So all the cities for the children of Merari by their families, which were remaining of the families of the Levites, were by their lot twelve cities.

41° All the cities of the Levites within the possession of the children of Israel were forty and eight 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 Israp Gen. 13. 15. el Pall the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein. 44 And the LORD gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

q ch. 11. 23, & 22. 4. r.Deut. 7, 24.

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45 There failed not aught of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

CHAPTER XXII. 1 The two tribes and half with a blessing are sent home. 10 They build the altar of testimony in their journey. 11 The Israelites are offended thereat. 21 They give them good satisfaction.

THE HEN Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh,

2 And said unto them, Ye have kept all that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, band have obeyed my voice in all that I 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,

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c Num. 32. 33. Deut. 29. 8. ch. 13. 8.

17. & 11, 22.

o Deut. 10, 12.

5 But d take diligent heed to do the Deut. 6. 6, commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

6 So Joshua f blessed them, and sent fGen. 47. 7. them away: and they went unto their tents.

Ex. 39. 43. ch. 14. 13. 2 Sam. 6. 18. Luke 21. 50,

7 ¶ Now to the one half of the tribe of Manasseh Moses had given possession in Bashian: but unto the gel. 17. 5. 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 unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much raiment: h divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren. 9 T And the children of Reuben 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, 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 to see to.

11 T And the children of Israel k heard 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.

Num.31.27. 1 Sam, 30.24.

i Num. 32. 1, 26, 29.

k Deut.13.12, &c. Judg. 20.12.

12 And when the children of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation 1Judg. 20. 1. of the children of Israel gathered themselves together at Shiloh, to go up to war against them.

13 And the children of Israel m sent unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, "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 a head of the house

m Deut. 13.14. Judg. 20, 12.

n Ex. 6. 25. Num. 25, 7.

Heb, house of the father. oNum. 1. 4.

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Before of their fathers among the thousands CHRIST of Israel. 1444.

15 T 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 Gilead, and they spake with them, saying, 16 Thus saith the whole congregation of the LORD, What trespass is this that ye have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from following the LORD, in that ye have builded you an altar, See Lev. 17. that ye might rebel this day against the LORD?

8. 9. Deut. 12, 13, 14.

17 Is the iniquity of Peor too q Num. 25, 3, little for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD,



Deut. 4. 3.

18 But that ye must turn away this day from following the LORD? and it will be, seeing ye rebel to day against the LORD, that to morrow Num. 16. 22. he will be wroth with the whole congregation of Israel.

sch, 18. 1.

tch, 7, 1, 5.

u Deut. 10.17.


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, and take possession among us: but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar besides the altar of the LORD our God.

20 t Did not Achan 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.

21 T 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 of gods, the x1 Kin. 8. 39. LORD God of gods, he knoweth, and Israel he shall know; if it be in rebellion, or if in transgression against the LORD, (save us not this

Joli 10. 7. & 23. 10. Pa. 44. 21. & 139. 1. 2. Jer. 12. 3.

2 Cor. 11. 11, 31.

y Deut. 18.19.

1 Sam, 20.16.

+ Heb. To morrow.

day That 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 himselfy require it;

24 And if we have not rather done it for fear of this thing, saying, † In time to come your children might speak unto our children, saying, What have ve to do with the LORD God of Israel?

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27 But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not a Dent, 12, 5, 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 of the altar of the Lord, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between us and you.

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29 God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn this day from following the LORD, bto build Deut, 12,13, an altar for burnt offerings, for meat offerings, or for sacrifices, besides the altar of the LORD our God that is before his tabernacle.

30 T And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the congregation and heads of the thousands of Israel which were with him, heard the words that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and the children of Manasseh spake, it pleased + Heb. it them.

31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the children of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the children of Manasseh, This day we perceive that the LORD is among us, because ye have not committed this trespass against the LORD: now ye have delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of the LORD.

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33 And the thing pleased the children of Israel; and the children of Israel d blessed God, and did not in-d1 Chr. 29.20. tend to go up against them in battle, 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 Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the LORD is God. CHAPTER XXIII. Joshua's exhortation before his death, 3 by former benefits, 5 by promises, 11 and by threatenings.


25 For the LORD hath made Jordan AND it came to pass, a long time

a border between us and you, ye children of Reuben and children of Gad; ye have no part in the LORD: so shall your children make our children cease from fearing the LORD. 26 Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:


Neh. 8. 6. Dan. 2, 19. Luke 2. 28.

That is, A witness: So ch. 24. 27.

about 1427.

22. 4.

after that the LORD had given ach. 21. 41. & rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua bwax-bch. 13. 1. ed old and † stricken in age.


2 And Joshua called 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:

+ Heb. come into days.

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Deut. 31. 28

ch. 21. 1.

1 Chr. 28. 1.

Joshua's exhortation before his death. JOSHUA.

Before CHRIST about 1427.

a Ex. 14 14.

ch. 10. 14,42

e ch. 13. 2. 6. & 18. 10

+ Heb, at the sunset.

f Ex. 23.30. &

33. 2. & 34.

Deut. 11. 23.

ch. 13. 6.

g Num. 33.53

h ch. 1. 7.

i Deut, 5, 32. & 28. 14

1 Ex. 23. 33.

Prov. 4. 14. Eph. 5. 11.

3 And ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the d LORD your God is he that hath fought for you.

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4 Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea † westward.

5 And the LORD your God, the shall expel them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the LORD your God hath promised unto you.

6 h Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, i that ye turn not aside therefrom to the

right hand or to the left;

7 That ye k come not among these Deut 7.2.3. nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them:

1 Ex. 23. 13.

Ps. 16. 4.
Jer. 5. 7.
Zeph. 1 5.
See Num.32.

Or, For if ye will cleave, fc.

m Deut. 10.

20. & 11. 22. & 13. 4. ch. 22. 5. JOr, Then the LORD will drive.

n Deut. 11.23. u chỉ 1.5

p Lev. 26:8

8 But cleave unto the LORD your God, as ye have done unto this day.


9"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.

10 P One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you.

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11 Take good heed therefore unto Deut. 32 30. yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God.

See Judg. 3. 31. & 15. 15.

2 Sam. 23. 8.

23. 27. Deut. 3. 22.

12 Else, if ye do in any wise go qEx. 14. 14. & back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you:

r ch. 22. 5.
+ Heb.
your souls.

8 Heb. 10, 38, 39

2 Pet. 2. 20, 21

t Deut. 7. 3. u Judg. 2. 3. x Ex. 23. 33 Num.33 55. Deut. 7. 16. 1 Km. 11. 4.

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13 Know for a certainty that "the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

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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, that not one thing hath Luke 21. 33. 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.

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The tribes assembled at Shechem.

this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

16 When ye have transgressed the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone. and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.

1 Joshua assembleth the tribes at Shechem.
2 A brief history of God's benefits from
Terah. 14 He reneweth the covenant be-
tween them and God. 26 A stone the wit-
ness of the covenant. 29 Joshua's age,
death, and burial. 32 Joseph's boncs are
buried. 33 Eleazar dieth.

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ribes of Israel to a Shechem, ND Joshua gathered all the retter a Gen. 35. 4. and bcalled for the elders of Israel, bch. 23. 2. and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before c1 Sam. 10.19. God. 2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, d Your fathers dwelt on the a Gen. 11. 20, other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they a Gen. 31. 53. served other gods.

3 And fI took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.

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8 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought x Num. 21.21, with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.

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9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you: 10 a But I would not hearken unto Balaam; btherefore he blessed you

33. Deut. 2,32.& 3. 1.

y SeeJudg.11. 25.

z Num. 22. 5. Deut. 23. 4. a Deut. 23. 5.

b Num. 23.11. 20. & 24. 10.

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Before still so I delivered you out of his CHRIST hand. about 1427.

c ch. 3. 14, 17.


dch, 6. 1. &

10. 1. & 11. 1.

e Ex. 23. 28. Deut. 7, 20,

fPs. 44, 3, 6.


11 And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of 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 before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the. Amorites; but fnot with thy sword, nor with thy bow.

13 And I have given you a land for g Dent. 6. 10, which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye

ch. 11. 13.

h Deut. 10, 12.

1 Sam. 12.24. i Gen. 17. 1. & Deut. 18. 13.


Ps. 119. 1. 2 Cor. 1. 12. Eph 6. 24.

k ver, 2, 23,

Lev. 17. 7.
Ez. 20. 18.

1 Ez. 20. 7, 8.
& 23.3.
ni See Ruth
1. 15.

1 Kings 18. 21.

Ez. 20. 39. John 6. 67. n ver. 14.

o Ex. 23. 24, 32, 33. & 341. 15.



14 T h Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in isincerity and in truth; and kput away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and lin Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether n the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: Pbut as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

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 Deut. 13.7.& that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did Gen. 18. 19. 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:

29. 18. Judg. 6. 10.

Matt. 6. 21

'r Lev. 19. 2.

1 Sam. 6. 20. Ps. 99. 5, 9. Is. 5. 16.

8 Ex. 20. 5.

18 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD: for he is our God.

19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is a "holy God; he is "a jealous God; ul Chr. 28. 9. the will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

t Ex. 23. 21.

2 Chr. 15. 2.
Ezra 8. 22.
Is. 1.28. & 65.
11, 12.
Jer. 17. 13.

x ch. 23, 15.
Is. 63. 10.

Acts 7. 42.


20 "If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

Joshua's age and death.

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22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, y Ps. 119. 173. to serve him. And they said, Wẻ are witnesses.

23 Now therefore 2put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.

24 And the people said 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 bin Shechem.

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28 So Joshua let the people depart,h Deut. 32. 1. every man unto his inheritance. i Judg. 2 6. K Judg, 2, 8,

29 ¶ kAnd it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being a hundred and ten years old.

30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.

31 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had "known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.

32 T And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground P which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred 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.

about 1426.

1ch. 19. 50. Judg. 2. 9.

m Judg 2.7.

1 Heb prolonged their days after Joshua.

h See Deut. 11. 2. & 31


Gen. 50, 25, Ex. 13. 19.

r Gen. 33 19.

Or, lambs.

about 1420.

Ex. 6, 25. Judg. 20, 28.

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'ch. 20. 18.

mah, Gaza, Askelon and Ekron taken.
21 The acts of Benjamin. 22 Of the
house of Joseph, who take Beth-el. 30 Of
Zebulun. 31 Of Asher. 33 Of Naph-
tali. 34 Of Dan.

11 i And from thence he went Before
against the inhabitants of Debir: CHRIST
and the name of Debir before was

12k And Caleb said, He that smiteth
Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him
will I give Achsah my daughter to


about 1425.

iJosh. 15. 15.


kJosh, 15, 16,


13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz,
Caleb's younger brother, took it: 1ch. 3. 9.

NOW after the death of Joshua it and he gave him Achsah his daugh

came to pass, that the children a Num. 27.21. of Israel a asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?

b Gen. 49. 8.

cver, 17.

2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.

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 into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.

4 And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and 11 Sam. 11.8. they slew of them in d Bezek ten thousand men.

↑ Heb. the thumbs of their hands and of their feel.

5 And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.

6 But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great


7 And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath Or, gleaned requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.

o Lev 24. 19. 1 Sam 15.33. James 2 13 fSea Josh 15. 63

g Josh. 10. 35, & 11. 21. & 15. 13.

1 Or, low country.


8 Now fthe children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.

9 T5 And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley.

10 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: now the name of Hebron before was b Kirjath-arba: and they slew She& 15 13, 14 shai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.

h Josh. 11.15

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17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hor-t Num. 21. 3. mah.

18 Also Judah took "Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.

19 And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had Y chariots of iron.

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