Joshua 9 ©
The kings of Canaan combine against Israel. The Gibeonites by craft obtain a league: the fraud is discovered, but they are saved on account of the oath of the princes. Joshua condemneth them to perpetual bondage.
AND it came to pass, when all the kings which were aon this side Jordan, bin the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of cthe great sea over against Lebanon, dthe Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof;
And old shoes and *clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy.
And they went to Joshua iunto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come jfrom a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us.
And they said unto him, From na very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the LORD thy God: ofor we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take *victuals 2with 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.
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:
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.
¶And it came to pass sat 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.
And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were tGibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and uKirjath-jearim.
¶And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, bWe are very far from you; when ye dwell among us?
And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told thy servants, how that the LORD thy God dcommanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore ewe were *sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this thing.
And now, behold, we are fin thine hand: as it seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do.
And so did he unto them, and gdelivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not.