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city and without, except the king, who was taken alive and carried to Joshua, and put to death. GOD bade Joshua take the cattle and spoil of the city, and then to burn it, and make it a heap and a desolation.

Then Joshua built an altar on Mount Ebal, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings unto the LORD, and the priests blessed the people; and Joshua read to them all the words of the law—both the blessings and the cursings that were set before them; thus fulfilling the command Moses had spoken before his death, as to what the elders of Israel should do when the people had passed over Jordan, and safely reached the Land of Canaan—the Promised Land.

THE GIBEONITES.

When the kings of the country round heard how Jericho and Ai had been overthrown, they gathered together and made ready for battle. But the people of Gibeon set to work by craft, hoping to make sure of their own safety. They put on old ragged clothes, and shoes that looked as if they were worn out with a long journey.

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were new, and behold, they be rent; and these our garments, and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.” Then Joshua and the elders of Israel forgot to ask counsel of the LORD, and of their own wisdom they believed the Gibeonites, and made peace with them, and pledged themselves by an oath not to destroy them. But three days after Joshua found that he had been deceived, and that the children of Israel had reached Gibeon, the country whence these people came. So now they were in a difficulty, because while on the one hand God had ordered the Israelites to destroy all these people of Canaan, on the other hand, Joshua and the elders had sworn by the LORD God of Israel to save their lives; and this was an oath that must not be broken.

Then it was decided that the Gibeonites should live, but only to serve the children of Israel. So Joshua called them, and told them that they were accursed of God because of their deceit, and that they should only live as bondmen, hewing wood and drawing water for the Israelites. The Gibeonites confessed why they had deceived Joshua, and said, “And now, behold, we are in thine hand; as it seemeth

good and right unto thee to do unto us, do.” Therefore from that time forward the Gibeonites were bondmen to the Israelites.

THE CONQUEST OF CANAAN.

Now when Adonizedec, the king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Jericho and Ai, and how the great and mighty people of Gibeon had made peace and become as slaves to the Israelites, he was very much afraid, and he sent to four other kings around and asked them to help him to destroy Gibeon, lest that people should make Joshua still more powerful. Then these five kings and their armies went and encamped before Gibeon, in order to destroy it. But the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua, begging him to come and help them and save them. And the LORD said to Joshua, “ Fear them not, for I have delivered them into thine hands; there shall not a man of them stand before thee.” Then Joshua and his soldiers, went from Gilgal by night, and came upon the Amorite kings and their armies, and slew them with a great slaughter. The children of Israel chased them, and the LORD sent great hail

stones upon the Amorites as they fled, which killed more people than were slain with the sword.

While the Israelites were pursuing their enemies, Joshua called upon God, and said, “ Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” And it pleased God that the sun should not go down for that whole day, so that the people should see to overthrow their enemies; and the sun did not set, or the moon rise, until the Amorites were destroyed. “And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man : for the LORD fought for Israel.”

When Joshua and his soldiers were gone back to their camp in Gilgal, word was brought that the five kings were hid in a cave at Makkedah. So when all the fighting was over, Joshua caused them to be brought out, and put to death; and Joshua gave the people a message from the LORD: “Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of a good courage : for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.” After this Joshua led the Israelites against the country of all those kings by God's command, and destroyed all His enemies. And against many other kings

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