The Sun and The Moon Stand Still
WHEN the king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had made peace with the Hivites he was afraid,
because Gibeon was a rich and royal city and its men were famous for their might.
So he conspired with four other kings and they set forth to lay siege to Gibeon.
The Gibeonites sent a message to Joshua, who was in his camp at Gilgal,
saying: "Come quickly and save us,
for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains have joined
together against us."
And God said unto Joshua: "Fear them not,
for I have delivered them into your hands.
Not a man of them shall stand before thee."
So Joshua and his army left Gilgal and took the Amorites by surprise
and killed many of them and put the others to flight.
As they fled, the Lord cast hailstones from heaven upon them,
and more Amorites died from these hailstones than were killed by the children
Then Joshua spoke: "Sun, stand still above Gibeon,
and moon, stay above the valley of Ajalon."
And the sun stood still and the moon stayed,
until the Israelites had avenged themselves upon their enemies.
And never before had there been a day like this,
when the Lord obeyed the voice of a man;
for the Lord fought for Israel.
So Joshua struck all the country of the hills and of the vale and of the springs,
and all their kings.
He left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed,
as the Lord God of Israel commanded.
All these kings and their land did Joshua take,
because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel.
Joshua made war a long time.
There was not a city that made peace with the children of Israel,
except the Hivites,the inhabitants of Gibeon.
All others they took in battle.
So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the Lord said to Moses,
and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel,
according to their division by tribes.
And the land rested from war.
THE AGED JOSHUA SPEAKS TO THE PEOPLE
And it came to pass a long time after the Lord had given Israel rest
from all their enemies round about,
that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age.
So he called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads,
and for their judges, and for their officers,
and said to them: "I am old and stricken in age.
And you have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these nations because of you.
Behold,I have divided among you by lot these nations that remain,
to be and inheritance for your tribes.
And the Lord your God,
he shall expel them from before you and drive them from out of your sight,
and you shall possess their land,as the Lord your God has promised you.
"Be you therefore very corageous and do all that is written in the book of Moses,
and turn not aside,either to the right or the left.
Of these nations that remain among you,neither make mention of the name of thir gods nor swear by them nor serve them nor bow down to them.
Take care that you love the Lord your God.
Otherwise,if you do associate with the survivors of these nations,
know for a certainty that the Lord will no longer drive out any nations before you,
but they shall be snares and traps to you,
and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes;
until you perish from this good land which the Lord has given you.
"And behold,this day I am going to die.
And you know in your hearts and in your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you.
All have come to pass,and not one thing has failed.
So Joshua let the people depart ,every man to his inheritance.
And it came to pass after these things that Joshua,the son of Nun,the servant of the Lord, died, being a hundred and ten years old.
And they buried him in the borders of his inheritance, in Timnath-serah which is on the mount of Ephriaim,on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
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