Joshua 7


7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the
 accursed thing: 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.
7:2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which [is] beside
 Beth-aven, on the east side of Beth-el, and spoke to them,
 saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and
 viewed Ai.
7:3 And they returned to Joshua, and said to 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 labor thither;
 for they [are but] few.
7:4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand
 men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
7:5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men:
 for they chased them [from] before the gate [even] to Shebarim,
 and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the
 people melted, and became as water.
7:6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his
 face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, he and the
 elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
7:7 And Joshua said, Alas, O LORD GOD, why hast thou at all
 brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of
 the Amorites, to destroy us? O that we had been content, and
 dwelt on the other side of Jordan.
7:8 O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turn their backs
 before their enemies!
7:9 For the Canaanites, and all the inhabitants of the land will
 hear [of it], and will environ us, and cut off our name from
 the earth: and what wilt thou do to thy great name?
7:10 And the LORD said to Joshua, Arise; Why liest thou thus
 upon thy face?
7:11 Israel hath 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 goods.
7:12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before
 their enemies, [but] turned [their] backs before their enemies,
 because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any
 more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.
7:13 Rise, 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:
 thou canst not stand before thy enemies, until ye take away the
 accursed thing from among you.
7:14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to
 your tribes: and it shall be, [that] the tribe which the LORD
 taketh shall come according to their families: and the family
 which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the
 household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.
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 hath:
 because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and
 because he hath wrought folly in Israel.
7:16 So Joshua rose early in the morning, and brought Israel by
 their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:
7:17 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:
7:18 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.
7:19 And Joshua said to Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory
 to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession to him; and tell
 me now what thou hast done, hide [it] not from me.
7:20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned
 against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done.
7:21 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.
7:22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent, and
 behold, [it was] hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
7:23 And they took them from the midst of the tent, and brought
 them to Joshua, and to all the children of Israel, and laid
 them out before the LORD.
7:24 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 to the valley of Achor.
7:25 And Joshua said, why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall
 trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones,
 and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with
 stones.
7:26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones to this
 day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger:
 wherefore the name of that place was called the valley of Achor
 to this day.
 
 

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