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Joshua 7:1-11 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing.(verse 13 below), for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel. And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. And they returned to Joshua and said unto him, Let not all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai and make not all the people to labour thither, for they are but few. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men and they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men, for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim and smote them in the going down, wherefore the hearts of the people melted and became as water. And Joshua rent his clothes and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel and put dust upon their heads. And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore have you at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content and dwelt on the other side Jordan! O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turns their backs before their enemies! For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it and shall environ us round and cut off our name from the earth and what will that do unto your great name? And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get up. Why are you lying like that upon your face? Israel has sinned and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them, for they have even taken of the accursed thing and have also stolen and dissembled also and they have put it even among their own stuff. 

Joshua 7:12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but they turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed. Neither will I be with you any more, except you destroy the accursed from among you.

Joshua 7:13 Up, sanctify the people and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel. You can not stand before your enemies, until you take away the accursed thing from among you.

The 'accursed thing' is following evil to the point of searing one's conscience. It's a poisoned mind on a corrupt pathway:.1Timothy 4:1,2. It involves not following what God intended to be good for all.

A poisoned mind is an 'unsane' mind and involves rejecting and getting away from the good that God wanted for people:.Jeremiah 44:16,17. One example, God would say not to bring back anything of the enemies which were destroyed, but they did anyway, because they looked to their selfishness, 'more for me if I take this now', attitude:.1Samuel 15:19-22. They just didn't trust in God's ability to look after them. 

The 'accursed thing' involved rejecting God.(Hosea 4:6).and choosing instead to have idols, which ancient Israel did, even bringing them into their houses for worshiping. The low consciousness of man wants something he or she can see, feel and touch and be theirs.
   With their, on and off so many times relationship with God, one has to wonder what was wrong with their minds? They constantly left God. After every time God would save them, they got into trouble again and again and again.

Joshua 7:15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he has. Because he has transgressed the covenant of the LORD and because he has wrought folly in Israel.

Joshua 7:16-19 So Joshua rose up early in the morning and brought Israel by their tribes and the tribe of Judah was taken. And he brought the family of Judah and he took the family of the Zarhites. And he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man and Zabdi was taken. And he brought his household man by man and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel and make confession unto him and tell me now what you have done. Hide it not from me.

Joshua 7:20,21 And Achan answered Joshua and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel and thus and thus have I done. When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment and two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them and took them and behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent and the silver under it.

Joshua 7:22-24 So Joshua sent messengers and they ran unto the tent and, behold, it was hid in his tent and the silver under it. And they took them out of the midst of the tent and brought them unto Joshua and unto all the children of Israel and laid them out before the LORD. And Joshua and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah and the silver and the garment and the wedge of gold and his sons and his daughters and his oxen and his asses and his sheep and his tent and all that he had and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.

Joshua 7:25 And Joshua said, Why have you troubled us?.(how was the nation in trouble?.Joshua 7:13).the LORD shall trouble you this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.

Joshua 8:31 As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses.(also known by other names), an altar of whole stones, over which no man has lift up any iron and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings.(Jeremiah 7:22).

Joshua 8:32 And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses.(also known by other names), which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.

Joshua 9:1-6 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.(the Mediterranean Sea).over against Lebanon, the Hittite and the Amorite the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite.(who were all these?.Genesis 15:19-21), heard thereof; That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord. And when these inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, 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.(torn; wine was then put into dried animal skins).and bound up; 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 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 you a league with us.

Joshua 9:7-9 And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure you dwell among us and how shall we make a league with you? And they said unto Joshua, We are your servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are you? and from whence come you? And they said unto him, From a very far country your servants are come because of the name of the LORD your God, for we have heard the fame of him and all that he did in Egypt. 

Joshua 9:10-13 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. 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 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.

Joshua 9:14 And the men took of their victuals and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.

So, this old food that they had carried with them was, but didn't consult God about it first. Back then they used what was called the Urim and Thummin to consult God on matters. According to the customs of Eastern nations, these people were welcomed to peace and friendship. They accepted their contrived story, instead of seeking the direction of God in the matter.

Joshua 9:15 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.(agreed that they too would uphold this decision of peace with them).

Joshua 9:16 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.(and were not as they said they were, from far away, verses 7-9 above).

Joshua 9:17-24 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 Kirjathjearim. 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. But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel and therefore we may not touch them. 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. 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. And Joshua called for them and he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have you beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you, when you actually dwell among us? Now therefore you 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. And they answered Joshua and said, Because it was certainly told your servants how that the LORD your 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.

Joshua 9:25-27 And now, behold, we are in thine hand. As it seems good and right unto you to do unto us, do that. And so did he unto them and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not. 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.

Joshua 10:1,2 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek king of Jerusalem.(a king over the city of Jerusalem in the time of Joshua).had heard how Joshua had taken Ai.(a Canaanite royal city, apparently attached to Heshbon, where the Ammonites were on the east bank of the Jordan).and had utterly destroyed it, as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among those they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities and because it was greater than Ai because all the men thereof were mighty.

Joshua 10:3 Wherefore Adonizedek king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron and unto Piram king of Jarmuth and unto Japhia king of Lachish and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, 

Joshua 10:4,5 Come up unto me and help me, that we may smite Gibeon, for it has made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel. Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together and went up, they and all their hosts and encamped before Gibeon and made war against it.

Joshua 10:6,7 And the men of Gibeon sent unto Joshua to the camp to Gilgal, saying, Slack not thy hand from thy servants. Come up to us quickly and save us and help us, for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the mountains are gathered together against us. So Joshua ascended from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him and all the mighty men of valour. 

Joshua 10:8 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not, for I have delivered them into your hand. There shall not a man of them stand before you. 

Joshua 10:9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly and went up from Gilgal all night.

Joshua 10:10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon and chased them along the way that goes up to Bethhoron and smote them to Azekah and unto Makkedah.

Joshua 10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah and they died. They were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.

Joshua 10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand you still upon Gibeon and you Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 

Joshua 10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man, for the LORD fought for Israel.

Joshua 10:20 And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained of them entered into fenced cities.

Joshua 10:23 And they did so and brought forth those five kings unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish and the king of Eglon.

Joshua 10:24 And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near and put their feet upon the necks of them.

Joshua 10:25-27 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage, for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom you fight. And afterward Joshua smote them and slew them and hanged them on five trees and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.

Joshua 10:27 And it came to pass at the time of the going down of the sun, that Joshua commanded and they took them down off the trees and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid and laid great stones in the cave's mouth, which remain until this very day.

Joshua 10:28-41 And that day Joshua took Makkedah and smote it with the edge of the sword and the king thereof he utterly destroyed them and all the souls that were therein. He let none remain. And he did to the king of Makkedah as he did unto the king of Jericho. Then Joshua passed from Makkedah and all Israel with him, unto Libnah and fought against Libnah. And the LORD delivered it also and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel and he smote it with the edge of the sword and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it but did unto the king thereof as he did unto the king of Jericho. And Joshua passed from Libnah and all Israel with him, unto Lachish and encamped against it and fought against it. And the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, which took it on the second day and smote it with the edge of the sword and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he had done to Libnah. Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining. And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon and all Israel with him and they encamped against it and fought against it and they took it on that day and smote it with the edge of the sword and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish. And Joshua went up from Eglon and all Israel with him, unto Hebron and they fought against it. And they took it,and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof and all the cities thereof and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon, but destroyed it utterly and all the souls that were therein. And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir and fought against it. And he took it and the king thereof and all the cities thereof and they smote them with the edge of the sword and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein. He left none remaining as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir and to the king thereof. As he had done also to Libna and to her king. So Joshua smote all the country of the hills and of the south 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. And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon.

Joshua 10:42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.
 


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