Bible: Joshua 9:1-15

The Gibeonites Deceive Israel

9:1 When the news reached all the kings on the west side of the Jordan 1 in the hill country, the lowlands, 2  and all along the Mediterranean coast 3  as far as 4  Lebanon (including the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites) – 9:2 they formed an alliance to fight against Joshua and Israel. 5 

9:3 When the residents of Gibeon heard what Joshua did to Jericho 6  and Ai, 9:4 they did something clever. They collected some provisions 7  and put worn-out sacks on their donkeys, along with worn-out wineskins that were ripped and patched. 9:5 They had worn-out, patched sandals on their feet and dressed in worn-out clothes. All their bread 8  was dry and hard. 9  9:6 They came to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant land. Make a treaty with us.” 9:7 The men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you live near us. 10  So how can we make a treaty with you? 9:8 But they said to Joshua, “We are willing to be your subjects.” 11  So Joshua said to them, “Who are you and where do you come from? 9:9 They told him, “Your subjects 12  have come from a very distant land because of the reputation 13  of the Lord your God, for we have heard the news about all he did in Egypt 14  9:10 and all he did to the two Amorite kings on the other side of the Jordan – King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of Bashan in Ashtaroth. 9:11 Our leaders and all who live in our land told us, ‘Take provisions for your journey and go meet them. Tell them, “We are willing to be your subjects. 15  Make a treaty with us.”’ 9:12 This bread of ours was warm when we packed it in our homes the day we started out to meet you, 16  but now it is dry and hard. 17  9:13 These wineskins we filled were brand new, but look how they have ripped. Our clothes and sandals have worn out because it has been a very long journey.” 9:14 The men examined 18  some of their provisions, but they failed to ask the Lord’s advice. 19  9:15 Joshua made a peace treaty with them and agreed to let them live. The leaders of the community 20  sealed it with an oath. 21 

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