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1 All the kings west of the Jordan in the hills and foothills and along the Mediterranean seacoast north toward Lebanon - the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, Girgashites, and Jebusites - got the news. 1 Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things--those in the hill country, in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Great Sea as far as Lebanon (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites)--
2 They came together in a coalition to fight against Joshua and Israel under a single command. 2 they came together to make war against Joshua and Israel.
3 The people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai 3 However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,
4 and cooked up a ruse. They posed as travelers: their donkeys loaded with patched sacks and mended wineskins, 4 they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended.
5 threadbare sandals on their feet, tattered clothes on their bodies, nothing but dry crusts and crumbs for food. 5 The men put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy.
6 They came to Joshua at Gilgal and spoke to the men of Israel, "We've come from a far-off country; make a covenant with us." 6 Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the men of Israel, "We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us."
7 The men of Israel said to these Hivites, "How do we know you aren't local people? How could we then make a covenant with you?" 7 The men of Israel said to the Hivites, "But perhaps you live near us. How then can we make a treaty with you?"
8 They said to Joshua, "We'll be your servants." Joshua said, "Who are you now? Where did you come from?" 8 "We are your servants," they said to Joshua. But Joshua asked, "Who are you and where do you come from?"
9 They said, "From a far-off country, very far away. Your servants came because we'd heard such great things about God, your God - all those things he did in Egypt! 9 They answered: "Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the LORD your God. For we have heard reports of him: all that he did in Egypt,
10 And the two Amorite kings across the Jordan, King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of Bashan, who ruled in Ashtaroth! 10 and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan--Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth.
11 Our leaders and everybody else in our country told us, 'Pack up some food for the road and go meet them. Tell them, We're your servants; make a covenant with us.' 11 And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, 'Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, "We are your servants; make a treaty with us." '
12 "This bread was warm from the oven when we packed it and left to come and see you. Now look at it - crusts and crumbs. 12 This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is.
13 And our cracked and mended wineskins, good as new when we filled them. And our clothes and sandals, in tatters from the long, hard traveling." 13 And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey."
14 The men of Israel looked them over and accepted the evidence. But they didn't ask God about it. 14 The men of Israel sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD.
15 So Joshua made peace with them and formalized it with a covenant to guarantee their lives. The leaders of the congregation swore to it. 15 Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.
16 And then, three days after making this covenant, they learned that they were next-door neighbors who had been living there all along! 16 Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.
17 The People of Israel broke camp and set out; three days later they reached their towns - Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath Jearim. 17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim.
18 But the People of Israel didn't attack them; the leaders of the congregation had given their word before the God of Israel. But the congregation was up in arms over their leaders. 18 But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel. The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders,
19 The leaders were united in their response to the congregation: "We promised them in the presence of the God of Israel. We can't lay a hand on them now. 19 but all the leaders answered, "We have given them our oath by the LORD, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now.
20 But we can do this: We will let them live so we don't get blamed for breaking our promise." 20 This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath we swore to them."
21 Then the leaders continued, "We'll let them live, but they will be woodcutters and water carriers for the entire congregation." And that's what happened; the leaders' promise was kept. 21 They continued, "Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers for the entire community." So the leaders' promise to them was kept.
22 But Joshua called the Gibeonites together and said, "Why did you lie to us, telling us, 'We live far, far away from you,' when you're our next-door neighbors? 22 Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, "Why did you deceive us by saying, 'We live a long way from you,' while actually you live near us?
23 For that you are cursed. From now on it's menial labor for you - woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God." 23 You are now under a curse: You will never cease to serve as woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God."
24 They answered Joshua, "We got the message loud and clear that God, your God, commanded through his servant Moses: to give you the whole country and destroy everyone living in it. We were terrified because of you; that's why we did this. 24 They answered Joshua, "Your servants were clearly told 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.
25 That's it. We're at your mercy. Whatever you decide is right for us, do it." 25 We are now in your hands. Do to us whatever seems good and right to you."
26 And that's what they did. Joshua delivered them from the power of the People of Israel so they didn't kill them. 26 So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them.
27 But he made them woodcutters and water carriers for the congregation and for the Altar of God at the place God chooses. They still are. 27 That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the community and for the altar of the LORD at the place the LORD would choose. And that is what they are to this day.