Bible: Josh 9:15-21

9:15 Joshua made a peace treaty with them and agreed to let them live. The leaders of the community 1  sealed it with an oath. 2 

9:16 Three days after they made the treaty with them, the Israelites found out they were from the local area and lived nearby. 3  9:17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day arrived at their cities – Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath Jearim. 9:18 The Israelites did not attack them because the leaders of the community had sworn an oath to them in the name of the Lord God of Israel. 4  The whole community criticized 5  the leaders, 9:19 but all the leaders told the whole community, “We swore an oath to them in the name of 6  the Lord God of Israel. So now we can’t hurt 7  them! 9:20 We must let them live so we can escape the curse attached to the oath we swore to them.” 8  9:21 The leaders then added, 9 Let them live.” So they became 10  woodcutters and water carriers for the whole community, as the leaders had decided. 11 

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