Joshua Chapters 1-5

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Joshua

     1[1-4] After the death of Moses the servant of Yahweh, Yahweh said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, “Moses my servant is dead; so now get up and go over the Jordan with all these people to the land which I am giving to the people of Israel. Wherever the sole of your foot walks I’ve given it to you, as I said to Moses. From the countryside of Lebanon to the great river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the great sea on the west, will be your border.

     [5-9] No one will be able to stand up to you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I’ll be with you; I won’t fail you, nor leave you. Be strong and have good courage because you’ll make these people inherit the land which I promised to their ancestors to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, to keep and do all the law, which Moses my servant told you. Don’t turn away from it in any way, so that you may do well wherever you go. Don’t let the words of your mouth stop saying this book of the law, but think about it day and night, that you may keep and do all that’s written in it because then you’ll make progress, and do well. I’ve told you this before. Be strong and have good courage; don’t be afraid, nor be worried because Yahweh your God is with you wherever you go.”

     [10-11] Then Joshua told the leaders of the people, “Pass through the middle of the camp, and tell the people to get the food ready because within three days you are to pass over the Jordan, to go in and take the land, which Yahweh your God is giving you for your own.”

     [12-15] Joshua said to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-family group of Manasseh, “Remember the word which Moses the servant of Yahweh told you, saying, Yahweh your God gives you rest, and will give you this land. Your wives, your children, and your livestock, will stay in the land which Moses gave you beyond the Jordan; but all the strong men of courage will go over armed with your brothers, and help them; until Yahweh has given your brothers rest, as God has given you, and they also have taken the land which Yahweh your God gives them: then you’ll return to your own land, and keep it, which Moses the servant of Yahweh gave you beyond the Jordan toward the east.”

     [16-18] They answered Joshua, and said, “We’ll do everything that you’ve told us, and we’ll go wherever you send us. Just as we listened to Moses in everything, so we’ll listen to you. Yahweh your God be with you, as God was with Moses. Whoever doesn’t do what you tell them, and won’t listen to every word you say will be put to death, so be strong and have good courage.”

     2[1-3] Joshua the son of Nun secretly sent two men out of Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, see the land, and Jericho.” So they went and came into the house of a prostitute named Rahab, and stayed there. It was told the king of Jericho, saying, “Look, two men came in here tonight from the people of Israel to spy out the land.” Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring the men who’ve come to you, in your house because they’ve come to spy out all the land.”

     [4-7] But the woman took the two men, and hid them; and said, “Yes, the men came to me, but I didn’t know where they went. At the time when the gate was shut, at dbox, the men went out; but where they went I don’t know. Chase after them quickly and you’ll catch them.” But she had brought them up to the roof, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid out on the roof. So the men chased after them all the way to the Jordan to the crossings and as soon as those who chased after them were gone out, they shut the gate.

     [8-13] She had come up to them on the roof before they were hid and said to them, “I know that Yahweh has given you the land, and that the fear of you is fallen on us, and that all the people of the land will fall before you. We’ve heard how Yahweh dried up the water of the Red Sea before you, when you came out of Egypt; and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you completely destroyed. As soon as we had heard it, our hearts fainted, nor did anyone have any more spirit in them, because of you and Yahweh your God, who is God in heaven above, and on earth beneath. So, please promise me by Yahweh, since I’ve been kind to you, that you‘ll be kind to my family’s house, and give me a sign of your promise; and that you’ll save my parents, and my brothers and sisters, and all that they have, and will save our lives from death.”

     [14-16] The men said to her, “Our life for yours, if you don’t tell any of our business; and when Yahweh gives us the land, we’ll be kind and honest with you.” Then she let them down by a rope through the window because the house that she lived in was on the side of the city wall. She said to them, “Go to the mountain or those who are chasing you will catch you; and hide there for three days, until they come back and then go on.”

     [17-20] Then the men said to her, We’ll be guiltless of this promise which you’ve made us promise. See, when we come into the land, tie this thread of scarlet string in the window which you let us down by and gather into your house your parents, and your brothers and sisters, and anyone else in your family. Whoever goes out of the doors of your house into the street will be responsible for their own death, and we’ll be guiltless: and whoever stays with you in this house, we’ll be responsible for, if anybody kills them. But if you tell any of our business, then we’ll be guiltless of your promise which you’ve made us promise.

     [21-24] She said, “Just as you say, so be it.”  So she sent them away, and they left: and she tied the scarlet string in the window. They went, and came to the mountain, and stayed there three days, until those who were chasing them had gone back, who had searched for them all along the way, but didn’t find them. Then the two men went down from the mountain, and crossed over, and came to Joshua the son of Nun; and told him all that had happened to them. They said to Joshua, “Truly Yahweh has given into our hands all the land; and what’s more, all the people of the land are scared to death of us.”

     3[1-4] Joshua got up early in the morning; and left from Shittim, and came to the Jordan, with all the people of Israel, and camped there before they crossed over. Then after three days, the leaders went through the middle of the camp and told the people, saying, “When you see the Box of the Law of Yahweh your God, and the Levite priests carrying it, then you’ll get up from your place, and follow it. But leave a space of about 3,000 feet between you and it. Don’t come close to it, so that you may know the way you’re to go because you’ve not come this way before.”

     [5-6] Joshua said to the people, “Dedicate yourselves because tomorrow Yahweh will do amazing things among you.”  Then he said to the priests, “Pick up the Box of the Law, and pass over before the people.” So they took up the Box of the Law, and went before the people.

     [7-8] Then Yahweh said to Joshua, “Today I’ll begin to make you great in the sight of all Israel, so that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I’ll be with you. Tell the priests who carry the Box of the Law, when they come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, to stand still in the Jordan.”

     [9-13] Then Joshua said to the people of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of Yahweh your God. By this you’ll know that the living God is with you, who will without fail drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and the Jebusites from before you. See, the Box of the Law of the God of all the earth passes over before you into the Jordan. So take twelve men out of the family groups of Israel, one for each family group. When the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the box of Yahweh, the God of all the earth, will rest in the waters of the Jordan, then the waters of the Jordan will be cut off, and the waters that come down from above will pile up and stand like a wall.”

     [14-17] When the people left from their tents, to pass over the Jordan, with the priests who carried the Box of the Law being before the people; and when those who carried the box were come to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who carried the box were standing in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its banks at the time of harvest), the waters which came down from above stood up like a wall in a pile, a great way off, at Adam, the city that’s beside Zarethan; and those that went down toward the sea of the Arabah Desert, which was the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. So the people crossed over right next to Jericho. So the priests who carried the Box of the Law of Yahweh stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until the whole nation had completely gone over the Jordan.

     4[1-3] So when all the nation had completely crossed over the Jordan, Yahweh said to Joshua, “Take twelve men out of the people, one out of every family group, and tell them to take out of the middle of the Jordan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and carry them over with you, and lay them down in the place, where you’ll camp tonight.”

     [4-7] Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had taken out of the people of Israel, one out of every family group and said to them, “Pass over before the Box of Yahweh your God into the middle of the Jordan, and each of you pick up a stone on your shoulder, one for each of the families of the people of Israel; that this may be a sign among you, so that when your children ask in the future, saying, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you’ll tell them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the Box of the Law of Yahweh when it crossed over the Jordan’ and these stones will be a reminder to the people of Israel forever.”

     [8-10] So the people of Israel did as Joshua told them, and took up twelve stones out of the middle of the Jordan, as Yahweh had told Joshua, one for each of the families of the people of Israel; and they carried them over with them, and laid them down in the place where they camped. Then Joshua set up the twelve stones in the middle of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who carried the Box of the Law stood and they are still there today. So the priests who carried the box stood in the middle of the Jordan, until everything was done that Yahweh had told Joshua to say to the people, just as Moses had told Joshua. So the people hurried and crossed over.

     [11-13] Then when all the people had completely crossed over, the box of Yahweh crossed over, with the priests, in the presence of the people. So the people of Reuben, the people of Gad, and the half-family group of Manasseh, crossed over armed before the people of Israel, as Moses had told them, about 40,000 ready and armed for war crossed over before Yahweh to fight, to the plains of Jericho.

     [14-18] On that day Yahweh made Joshua great in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life. Then Yahweh said to Joshua, “Tell the priests who carry the Box of the Law to come up out of the Jordan. So Joshua told the priests to come up out of the Jordan. Then when the priests who carried the Box of the Law of Yahweh had come up out of the middle of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were up on the shore, that the waters of the Jordan fell back in their place, and went back over all its banks, just as before.

     [19-24] The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and camped at Gilgal, on the east border of Jericho. Those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up in Gilgal. He said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their parents in the future, saying, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you’ll tell your children, ‘Israel came over this Jordan on dry land.’ For Yahweh your God dried up the waters of the Jordan from before you, until you had crossed over, as Yahweh your God did at the Red Sea, which was dried up from before us, until we were crossed over; so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of Yahweh is strong; and that you may fear Yahweh your God forever.”

     5[1-5] Then when all the kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, who were by the sea, heard how Yahweh had dried up the waters of the Jordan from before the people of Israel, until we were crossed over, their hearts fainted, nor was there any spirit left in them any more because of the people of Israel. At that time Yahweh said to Joshua, “Make flint knives, and cut off the foreskins again of the people of Israel the second time.” So Joshua made some flint knives, and cut off the foreskins of the people of Israel at the Hill of Foreskins.This is why Joshua cut their foreskins off: all the people who came out of Egypt, who were males, all the men of war, died in the countryside by the way, after they came out of Egypt and all the people who came out had their foreskins cut off; but all the people who were born in the countryside along the way as they came out of Egypt, hadn’t had their foreskins cut off.

     [6-8] The people of Israel walked forty years in the countryside, until all the men of war of the nation who had come out of Egypt, were dead, because they didn’t listen to the voice of Yahweh. So Yahweh had promised not to let them see the land which Yahweh promised to their ancestors to give us, a land full of milk and honey. God raised up their children in their place, and Joshua cut their foreskins off because they hadn’t been cut along the way. So when they had cut the foreskins off the whole nation, they stayed in their camp, until they were well.

     [9-12] Then Yahweh said to Joshua, “Today have I rolled away the shame of Egypt from off you” so the name of that place was called Gilgal, even to today. So the people of Israel camped at Gilgal; and they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at dark in the plains of Jericho. They ate of the grain of the land on the next day after the Passover, cakes made without yeast and roasted grain, in the same day. The manna stopped on the next day, after they had eaten of the grain of the land. So the people of Israel didn’t eat the manna any more; but they ate of the food of the land of Canaan that year.

     [13-15] Then when Joshua was by Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing over next to him with his sword drawn in his hand. So Joshua went to him, and asked, “Are you for us, or for our enemies?” He said, “No; but I’ve come now as the Leader of Yahweh’s army. Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said to him, “What does my God say to me, who is Yahweh’s worker?” So the prince of Yahweh’s army said to Joshua, “Take your shoes from off your feet because the place where you’re standing is holy.” So Joshua did it. 

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