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Israel Defeated at Ai

1But the children of Israel were unfaithful, yes, unfaithful regarding the devoted things, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah of the tribe of Judah took from the devoted things. And the anger of Yahweh burned against the children of Israel.
 

2Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth Aven, east of Bethel, and spoke to them, saying, “Go up and spy out the land.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.
 

3They returned to Joshua and said to him, “Do not have all the people go up; but let about 2,000 men or 3,000 men go up and strike Ai. Do not make all the people toil up there, for they are only a few.”
  4So about 3,000 men of the people went up there, but they fled before the men of Ai.
  5The men of Ai struck down of them about 36 men, and they chased them from outside the gate even to Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became like water.
 

6Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of Yahweh until the evening, he and the elders of Israel, and they put dust on their heads.
  7Joshua said, “Alas, Lord Yahweh, why have you brought this people across, yes, across the Jordan, only to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? If only we had been content to live beyond the Jordan!
  8Oh, Lord, what can I say, after Israel has turned their backs before their enemies!
  9For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and they will surround us and cut off our name from the earth. And what will you do for your great name?”
 

The Sin of Achan

10And Yahweh said to Joshua, “Get up! Why have you fallen on your face?
  11Israel has sinned, and also they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them. And also they have taken of the devoted things. And also they have stolen. And also they have lied. And also they have put it among their possessions.
  12Therefore the children of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. They will turn their backs before their enemies because they have become devoted for destruction. I will be with you no more unless you destroy the devoted thing from among you.
 

13“Get up! Make the people holy and say, ‘Make yourselves holy for tomorrow, for Yahweh the God of Israel, says, “There is a devoted thing in the midst of you, Israel. You will not be able to stand before your enemies until you remove the devoted thing from among you.”
  14In the morning you must draw near by your tribes. And it will be that the tribe Yahweh captures by lot is to draw near by families. The family that Yahweh captures by lot is to draw near by households. The household that Yahweh captures by lot is to draw near man by man.
  15He who is captured by lot with the devoted thing must be burned with fire, he and all that he has, because he has transgressed the covenant of Yahweh and because he has done disgraceful folly in Israel.’”
 

16So Joshua rose up early in the morning and brought Israel near by their tribes. The tribe of Judah was captured by lot.
  17And he brought near the family of Judah, and the family of the Zerahites was captured. And he brought near the family of the Zerahites man by man, and Zabdi was captured.
  18He brought near 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 captured by lot.
 

19So Joshua said to Achan, “My son, now give glory to Yahweh the God of Israel, and make confession to him. Tell me now what you have done! Do not hide it from me!”
 

20And Achan answered Joshua and said, “I have truly sinned against Yahweh, the God of Israel, and this is what I have done.
  21When I saw among the spoil one beautiful Babylonian robe, 200 shekels of silver and one bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, then I coveted them and took them. Behold, they are hidden in the ground in the middle of my tent, with the silver under it.”
  22So Joshua sent messengers and they ran to the tent. Behold, it was hidden in his tent, with the silver under it.
  23They took them from inside the tent and brought them to Joshua and to all the children of Israel, and they poured them out before Yahweh.
 

24Then Joshua and all Israel with him took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the robe, and the bar of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his cattle, and his donkeys, and his sheep, and his tent and all that he had, and they brought them up to the valley of Achor.
  25And Joshua said, “Why have you brought disaster upon us? Yahweh will bring disaster upon you this day.” And all Israel stoned him; they burned them with fire and stoned them with stones.
  26And they raised over him a great pile of stones that remains to this day. Then Yahweh turned from the fierceness of his anger. Therefore the name of that place is called “The valley of Achor” to this day.
 


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