1 Quibus auditis, cuncti reges, qui trans Iordanem versabantur in montanis et in Sephela, in omni litore maris Magni, hi quoque, qui habitabant usque ad Libanum, Hetthaeus et Amorraeus, Chananaeus, Pherezaeus et Hevaeus et Iebusaeus
2 congregati sunt pariter, ut pugnarent contra Iosue et Israel uno animo eademque sententia.
3 At hi, qui habitabant in Gabaon, audientes cuncta, quae fecerat Iosue Iericho et Hai,
4 et callide cogitantes tulerunt sibi cibaria, saccos veteres asinis imponentes et utres vinarios vetustos, scissos atque consutos,
5 calceamentaque perantiqua, quae ad indicium vetustatis pittaciis consuta erant, induti veteribus vestimentis; panes quoque, quos portabant ob viaticum, duri erant et in frusta comminuti.
6 Perrexeruntque ad Iosue, qui tunc morabatur in castris Galgalae, et dixerunt ei atque omni simul Israeli: "De terra longinqua venimus pactum vobiscum facere cupientes" Responderuntque viri Israel ad Hevaeos atque dixerunt:
7 "Ne forte in medio nostri habitetis, et non possimus foedus inire vobiscum"
8 At illi ad Iosue: "Servi, inquiunt, tui sumus" Quibus Iosue ait: "Quinam estis et unde venistis?"
9 Responderunt: "De terra longinqua valde venerunt servi tui in nomine Domini Dei tui; audivimus enim famam potentiae eius, cuncta, quae fecit in Aegypto
10 et duobus Amorraeorum regibus trans Iordanem, Sehon regi Hesebon et Og regi Basan, qui erat in Astharoth.
11 Dixeruntque nobis seniores et omnes habitatores terrae nostrae: "Tollite in manibus cibaria in viam et occurrite eis ac dicite: Servi vestri sumus; foedus inite nobiscum"
12 En panes: quando egressi sumus de domibus nostris, ut veniremus ad vos, calidos sumpsimus; nunc sicci facti sunt et vetustate nimia comminuti.
13 Utres vini novos implevimus, nunc rupti sunt et soluti; vestes et calceamenta, quibus induimur et quae habemus in pedibus, ob longitudinem largioris viae trita sunt et paene consumpta"
14 Susceperunt igitur viri de cibariis eorum et os Domini non interrogaverunt.
15 Fecitque Iosue cum eis pacem et, inito foedere, pollicitus est quod viverent; principes quoque coetus iuraverunt eis.
16 Post dies autem tres initi foederis, audierunt quod in vicino et inter eos habitarent.
17 Moveruntque castra filii Israel et venerunt ad civitates eorum die tertio, quarum haec vocabula sunt: Gabaon et Cephira et Beroth et Cariathiarim;
18 et non percusserunt eos filii Israel, eo quod iurassent eis principes coetus in nomine Domini, Dei Israel. Murmuravit itaque omnis coetus contra principes,
19 qui responderunt eis: "Iuravimus illis in nomine Domini, Dei Israel, et idcirco non possumus eos contingere.
20 Sed hoc faciemus eis: reserventur quidem, ut vivant, ne contra nos ira Domini concitetur, si peieraverimus;
21 sed sic vivant, ut in usus universae multitudinis ligna caedant aquasque comportent" Quibus haec loquentibus,
22 vocavit Gabaonitas Iosue et dixit eis: "Cur nos decipere fraude voluistis, ut diceretis: "Procul valde habitamus a vobis" cum in medio nostri sitis?
23 Itaque sub maledictione eritis, et non deficiet de stirpe vestra servus ligna caedens aquasque comportans in domum Dei mei"
24 Qui responderunt: "Nuntiatum est nobis servis tuis, quod mandasset Dominus Deus tuus Moysi servo suo, ut traderet vobis omnem terram et disperderet cunctos habitatores eius; timuimus igitur valde pro animabus nostris, vestro terrore compulsi, et hoc consilium inivimus.
25 Nunc autem in manu tua sumus: quod tibi bonum et rectum videtur, fac nobis"
26 Fecit ergo Iosue, ut dixerat, et liberavit eos de manu filiorum Israel, ut non occiderentur.
27 Decrevitque in illo die esse eos in ministerium cuncti populi et altaris Domini caedentes ligna et aquas comportantes usque in praesens tempus pro loco, quem Dominus elegisset.
King James Version
1 And it came to pass, when all the kings which were on this side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof;
2 That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord.
3 ¶ And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,
4 They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up;
5 And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy.
6 And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us.
7 And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?
8 And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye?
9 And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
10 And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth.
11 Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us.
12 This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy:
13 And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.
14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.
15 And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.
16 ¶ And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.
17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath-jearim.
18 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes.
19 But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them.
20 This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them.
21 And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.
22 ¶ And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you; when ye dwell among us?
23 Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.
24 And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told thy servants, how that the LORD thy God commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this thing.
25 And now, behold, we are in thine hand: as it seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do.
26 And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not.
27 And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.