Now it came about when 1all the kingswho were beyond the Jordan, in the hillcountry and in the lowland and on all the 2coast of the GreatSeatowardLebanon, 3the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, heard of it,
that they gathered themselves together with a4oneaccord to fight with Joshua and with Israel.
When the inhabitants of 5GibeonheardwhatJoshua had done to Jericho and to Ai,
they alsoactedcraftily and bset out as envoys, and tookworn-outsacks on their donkeys, and wineskinsworn-out and torn and cmended,
and worn-out and patchedsandals on their feet, and worn-outclothes on themselves; and all the bread of their provision was dry and had becomecrumbled.
They went to Joshua to the 6camp at Gilgal and said to him and to the men of Israel, "We have come from a farcountry ; now therefore, make a covenant with us."
The men of Israelsaid to the 7Hivites, "Perhaps you are livingdwithin our land ; 8how then shall we make a covenant with you?"
But they said to Joshua, "9We are your servants." Then Joshuasaid to them, "Who are you and where do you come from?"
They said to him, "Your servants have come from 10a veryfarcountry because of the efame of the LORD your God ; for 11we have heard the report of Him and all that He did in Egypt,
and all that He did to the twokings of the Amoriteswho were beyond the Jordan, to Sihonking of Heshbon and to Ogking of Bashanwho was at Ashtaroth.
"So our elders and all the inhabitants of our countryspoke to us, saying, 'Takeprovisions in your hand for the journey, and go to meet them and say to them, "12We are your servants ; now then, make a covenant with us."'
12"This our bread was warm when we took it for our provisions out of our houses on the day that we left to come to you; but nowbehold, it is dry and has becomecrumbled.
13"Thesewineskinswhich we filled were new, and behold, they are torn ; and these our clothes and our sandals are worn out because of the verylongjourney."
So the men of Israel tooksome of their provisions, and 13did not ask for the fcounsel of the LORD.
1514Joshuamadepeace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live ; and the leaders of the congregationswore an oath to them.
It came about at the end of threedaysafter they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were livinggwithin their land.
Then the sons of Israelset out and came to their cities on the thirdday. Now their cities were 15Gibeon and Chephirah and Beeroth and Kiriath-jearim.
The sons of Israel did not strike them because the leaders of the congregation had sworn to them by the LORD the God of Israel. And the wholecongregationgrumbledagainst the leaders.
But all the leaderssaid to the wholecongregation, "We have sworn to them by the LORD, the God of Israel, and now we cannottouch them.
20"This we will do to them, even let them live, so that wrath will not be upon us for the oathwhich we swore to them."
The leaderssaid to them, "Let them live." So they became16hewers of wood and drawers of water for the wholecongregation, just as the leaders had spoken to them.
Then Joshuacalled for them and spoke to them, saying, "Why have you deceived us, saying, 'We are veryfar from you,' 17when you are livinghwithin our land ?
23"Now therefore, you are 18cursed, and iyou shall nevercease being slaves, both hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God."
So they answeredJoshua and said, "19Because it was certainlytold your servants that the LORD your God had commanded His servantMoses to give you all the land, and to destroyall the inhabitants of the landbefore you; therefore we fearedgreatly for our livesbecause of you, and have donethisthing.
25"Nowbehold, 20we are in your hands ; do as it seems good and right in your sight to do to us."
26Thus he did to them, and delivered them from the hands of the sons of Israel, and they did not kill them.
But Joshuamade them that dayhewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, to thisday, 21in the placewhich He would choose.