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Joshua 7 (Lexham English Bible)

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The Sin of Achan

1 But the {Israelites}a broke faith concerning the devoted things.b Achan son of Carmi son of Zabdi son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took from the devoted things;c and {Yahweh's anger was kindled}d against the {Israelites}.e 2 Now Joshua sent men from Jericho [to] Ai, which [is] near Beth Aven, east of Bethel, and he said to them, "Go up and spy out Ai." And the men went up and spied out Ai. 3 And they returned to Joshua and said to him, "Do not let all the people go up and attack Ai; [only] two or three thousand men should go up because theyf [are] few. Do not make all the people weary [up] there." 4 So about three thousand from the people went up there, and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 The men of Ai killed about thirty-six of them, and they chased them from the gate up to Shebarim and killed them on the slope. And the heartsg of the people melted and became like water. 6 And Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the ground on his face before the ark of Yahweh until the evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.h 7 And Joshua said, "Ah, my Lord! Why did you bring this people across the Jordan to give us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content and stayed beyond the Jordan. 8 Please, my Lord! What can I say after {Israel has fled from its enemies}?i 9 The Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear [of this], and they will surround us and cut off our name from the land. What will you do, for your great name?" 10 And Yahweh said to Joshua, "Stand up! {Why}j [have] you fallen on your face? 11 Israel has sinned and {transgressed my covenant}k that I commanded them. They have taken from the devoted things;l they have stolen and acted deceitfully, and they have put [them] among their belongings. 12 The {Israelites}m were unable to stand before their enemies; {they fled from their enemies}n because they have become a thing devotedo for destruction. {I will be with you no more}p unless you destroy the devoted thingsq from among you. 13 Get up, sanctify the people, and say, 'Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow. Thus says Yahweh the God of Israel: "[There are] devoted thingsr in your midst, O Israel. You will be unable to stand before you enemies until you remove the devoted thingss from your midst." 14 In the morning you will come forward, {tribe by tribe},t and the tribe that Yahweh will select by lot will come forward by clans, and the clan that Yahweh selects by lot will come forward by families, and the family that Yahweh selects by lot will come forward one by one. 15 The one caught with the devoted thingsu will be burned with fire, he and all that belongs to him, because {he transgressed the covenant}v of Yahweh, and because he did a disgraceful thing in Israel." '" 16 Sow Joshua rose early in the morning and brought forward Israel, {tribe by tribe},x and the tribe of Judah was selected by lot. 17 And he brought forward the clans of Judah and selected the clan of the Zerahitesy by lot. Then he brought forward the clan of the Zerahites,z one by one, and Zabdi was selected by lot. 18 He brought forward his family, one by one, and Achan son of Carmi son of Zabdi son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was selected by lot. 19 And Joshua said to Achan, "My son, please, give glory to Yahweh the God of Israel, and give him a doxology in court.aa Tell me, please, what you have done; do not hide [it] from me." 20 And Achan answered Joshua and said, "It is true. I have sinned against Yahweh the God of Israel, and this is what I did: 21 I saw among the spoil a beautiful robe from Shinar,bb two hundred shekels of silver, and one bar of gold [that] weighed fifty shekels; I coveted them and took them. They [are] hidden in the ground inside my tent, and the silver [is] under it." 22 Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and there [they were], hidden in his tent, and the silver [was] under it. 23 And they took them from the tent and brought them to Joshua and all the {Israelites}.cc And they spread them out before the presence of Yahweh. 24 Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan son of Zerah, the silver, the robe, the bar of gold, his sons and daughters, his cattle and donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and everything that [was] his, and they brought them [to] the valley of Achor.dd 25 And Joshua said, "Why did you bring us trouble? Yahweh will bring you trouble on this day." And all Israel stoned themee [with] stones;ff and they burned them with fire [after] they stoned them with stones. 26 Then {they placed}gg on top of him a great pile of stones [that remains] to this day. And Yahweh {turned from his burning anger},hh and thus the name of that place to this day is called the valley of Achor.ii
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