Bible: Joshua 7:1-11

Achan Sins and is Punished

7:1 But the Israelites disobeyed the command about the city’s riches. 1  Achan son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, 2  son of Zerah, from the tribe of Judah, stole some of the riches. 3  The Lord was furious with the Israelites. 4 

7:2 Joshua sent men from Jericho 5  to Ai (which is located near Beth Aven, east of Bethel 6 ) and instructed them, “Go up and spy on the land.” So the men went up and spied on Ai. 7:3 They returned and reported to Joshua, 7 Don’t send the whole army. 8  About two or three thousand men are adequate to defeat Ai. 9  Don’t tire out the whole army, for Ai is small.” 10 

7:4 So about three thousand men went up, but they fled from the men of Ai. 7:5 The men of Ai killed about thirty-six of them and chased them from in front of the city gate all the way to the fissures 11  and defeated them on the steep slope. 12  The people’s 13  courage melted away like water. 14 

7:6 Joshua tore his clothes; 15  he and the leaders 16  of Israel lay face down on the ground before the ark of the Lord until evening 17  and threw dirt on their heads. 18  7:7 Joshua prayed, 19 O, Master, Lord! Why did you bring these people across the Jordan to hand us over to the Amorites so they could destroy us? 7:8 If only we had been satisfied to live on the other side of the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say now that Israel has retreated 20  before its enemies? 7:9 When the Canaanites and all who live in the land hear about this, they will turn against us and destroy the very memory of us 21  from the earth. What will you do to protect your great reputation? 22 

7:10 The Lord responded 23  to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying there face down? 24  7:11 Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenantal commandment! 25  They have taken some of the riches; 26  they have stolen them and deceitfully put them among their own possessions. 27 

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