King James VersionJoshua7


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. 2 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. 3 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. 4 So there went up thith­er of the peo­ple about three thou­sand men: and they fled be­fore the men of Ai. 5 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. 6 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. 7 And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, where­fore hast thou 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! 8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Is­rael tur­neth their backs be­fore their en­e­mies! 9 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 wilt thou do unto thy great name? 10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; where­fore li­est thou thus upon thy face? 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 stuff. 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. 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: thou canst not stand be­fore thine en­e­mies, un­til ye take away the ac­cursed thing from among you. 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 the fam­i­lies thereof; 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. 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. 16 So Joshua rose up ear­ly in the morn­ing, and brought Is­rael by their tribes; and the tribe of Ju­dah was tak­en: 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: 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. 19 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 thou hast done; hide it not from me. 20 And Achan an­swered Joshua, and said, In­deed I have sinned against the LORD God of Is­rael, and thus and thus have I done: 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. 22 So Joshua sent mes­sen­gers, and they ran unto the tent; and, be­hold, it was hid in his tent, and the sil­ver un­der it. 23 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. 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 unto the val­ley of Achor. 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. 26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierce­ness of his anger. Where­fore the name of that place was called, The val­ley of Achor, unto this day.