they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended.
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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.
Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal1 and said to him and the men of Israel, "We have come from a distant country;2 make a treaty3 with us."
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The men of Israel said to the Hivites,4 "But perhaps you live near us. How then can we make a treaty5 with you?"
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"We are your servants,6" they said to Joshua. But Joshua asked, "Who are you and where do you come from?"
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They answered: "Your servants have come from a very distant country7 because of the fame of the LORD your God. For we have heard reports8 of him: all that he did in Egypt,9
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and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan--Sihon king of Heshbon,10 and Og king of Bashan,11 who reigned in Ashtaroth.12
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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." '
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.
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."