This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath1 we swore to them."
They continued, "Let them live,2 but let them be woodcutters and water carriers3 for the entire community." So the leaders' promise to them was kept.
Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, "Why did you deceive us by saying, 'We live a long way4 from you,' while actually you live near5 us?
You are now under a curse:6 You will never cease to serve as woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God."
They answered Joshua, "Your servants were clearly told7 how the LORD your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you the whole land and to wipe out all its inhabitants from before you. So we feared for our lives because of you, and that is why we did this.
We are now in your hands.8 Do to us whatever seems good and right9 to you."
So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them.
That day he made the Gibeonites10 woodcutters and water carriers11 for the community and for the altar of the LORD at the place the LORD would choose.12 And that is what they are to this day.