1 H4428 It happened, when all the kings H5676 who were beyond H3383 the Jordan, H2022 in the hill country, H8219 and in the lowland, H2348 and on all the shore H1419 of the great H3220 sea H4136 in front H3844 of Lebanon, H2850 the Hittite, H567 the Amorite, H3669 the Canaanite, H6522 the Perizzite, H2340 the Hivite, H2983 and the Jebusite, H8085 heard of it
2 H6908 that they gathered H3162 themselves together H3898 to fight H3091 with Joshua H3478 and with Israel, H259 with one H6310 accord.
3 H3427 But when the inhabitants H1391 of Gibeon H8085 heard H3091 what Joshua H6213 had done H3405 to Jericho H5857 and to Ai,
4 H6213 they also resorted H6195 to a ruse, H3212 and went H6737 and made as if they had been ambassadors, H3947 and took H1087 old H8242 sacks H2543 on their donkeys, H4997 and wineskins, H3196 H1087 old H1234 and torn H6887 and bound up,
5 H1087 and old H2921 and patched H5275 shoes H7272 on their feet, H1087 and wore old H8008 garments. H3899 All the bread H6718 of their provision H3001 was dry H5350 and moldy.
6 H3212 They went H3091 to Joshua H4264 to the camp H1537 at Gilgal, H559 and said H376 to him, and to the men H3478 of Israel, H935 "We have come H7350 from a far H776 country. H3772 Now therefore make H1285 a covenant with us."
7 H376 The men H3478 of Israel H559 said H2340 to the Hivites, H194 "What H3427 if you live H7130 among H3772 us. How could we make H1285 a covenant with you?"
8 H559 They said H3091 to Joshua, H5650 "We are your servants." H3091 Joshua H559 said H370 to them, "Who are you? Where H935 do you come from?"
9 H559 They said H5650 to him, "Your servants H935 have come H3966 from a very H7350 far H776 country H8034 because of the name H3068 of Yahweh H430 your God; H8085 for we have heard H8089 of his fame, H6213 all that he did H4714 in Egypt,
10 H6213 and all that he did H8147 to the two H4428 kings H567 of the Amorites H5676 who were beyond H3383 the Jordan, H5511 to Sihon H4428 king H2809 of Heshbon H5747 and to Og H4428 king H1316 of Bashan, H6252 who was at Ashtaroth.
11 H2205 Our elders H3427 and all the inhabitants H776 of our country H559 spoke H559 to us, saying, H3947 ‘Take H6720 provision H3027 in your H1870 hand for the journey, H3212 and go H7125 to meet H559 them, and tell H5650 them, "We are your servants. H3772 Now make H1285 a covenant with us."'
12 H3899 This our bread H2525 we took hot H6679 for our provision H1004 out of our houses H3117 on the day H3318 we went out H3212 to go H3001 to you; but now, behold, it is dry, H5350 and has become moldy.
13 H4997 These wineskins, H3196 H4390 which we filled, H2319 were new; H1234 and behold, they are torn. H8008 These our garments H5275 and our shoes H1086 have become old H3966 because of the very H7230 long H1870 journey."
14 H582 The men H3947 sampled H6718 their provisions, H7592 and didn't ask H6310 counsel from the mouth H3068 of Yahweh.
15 H3091 Joshua H6213 made H7965 peace H6213 with them, and made H1285 a covenant H2421 with them, to let them live. H5387 The princes H5712 of the congregation H7650 swore to them.
16 H7097 It happened at the end H7969 of three H3117 days H310 after H3772 they had made H1285 a covenant H8085 with them, that they heard H7138 that they were their neighbors, H3427 and that they lived H7130 among them.
17 H1121 The children H3478 of Israel H5265 traveled H935 and came H5892 to their cities H7992 on the third H3117 day. H5892 Now their cities H1391 were Gibeon, H3716 Chephirah, H881 Beeroth, H7157 and Kiriath Jearim.
18 H1121 The children H3478 of Israel H5221 didn't strike H5387 them, because the princes H5712 of the congregation H7650 had sworn H3068 to them by Yahweh, H430 the God H3478 of Israel. H5712 All the congregation H3885 murmured H5387 against the princes.
19 H5387 But all the princes H559 said H5712 to all the congregation, H7650 "We have sworn H3068 to them by Yahweh, H430 the God H3478 of Israel: H3201 now therefore we may H5060 not touch them.
20 H6213 This we will do H2421 to them, and let them live; H7110 lest wrath H7621 be on us, because of the oath H7650 which we swore to them."
21 H5387 The princes H559 said H2421 to them, "Let them live, H6086 so they became wood H2404 cutters H7579 and drawers H4325 of water H5712 for all the congregation, H5387 as the princes H1696 had spoken to them."
22 H3091 Joshua H7121 called H1696 for them, and he spoke H559 to them, saying, H7411 "Why have you deceived H559 us, saying, H3966 ‘We are very H7350 far H3427 from you,' when you live H7130 among us?
23 H779 Now therefore you are cursed, H3772 and some of you will never fail H5650 to be bondservants, H6086 both wood H2404 cutters H7579 and drawers H4325 of water H1004 for the house H430 of my God."
24 H6030 They answered H3091 Joshua, H559 and said, H5650 "Because your servants H5046 were certainly H5046 told H3068 how Yahweh H430 your God H6680 commanded H5650 his servant H4872 Moses H5414 to give H776 you all the land, H8045 and to destroy H3427 all the inhabitants H776 of the land H6440 from before H3966 you. Therefore we were very H3372 afraid H5315 for our lives H6440 because H6213 of you, and have done H1697 this thing.
25 H2009 Now, behold, we H3027 are in your hand. H6213 Do H5869 to us as it seems H2896 good H3477 and right H6213 to you to do."
26 H6213 He did H5337 so to them, and delivered H3027 them out of the hand H1121 of the children H3478 of Israel, H2026 so that they didn't kill them.