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Joshua chapter 9

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When all the kings who were beyond the Jordan in the hill country and in the lowland all along the coast of the Great Sea toward Lebanon, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Per'izzites, the Hivites, and the Jeb'usites, heard of this,
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they gathered together with one accord to fight Joshua and Israel.
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But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai,
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they on their part acted with cunning, and went and made ready provisions, and took worn-out sacks upon their asses, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended,
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with worn-out, patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes; and all their provisions were dry and moldy.
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And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal, and said to him and to the men of Israel, "We have come from a far country; so now make a covenant with us."
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But the men of Israel said to the Hivites, "Perhaps you live among us; then how can we make a covenant with you?"
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They said to Joshua, "We are your servants." And Joshua said to them, "Who are you? And where do you come from?"
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They said to him, "From a very far country your servants have come, because of the name of the LORD your God; for we have heard a report of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
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and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who dwelt in Ash'taroth.
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And our elders and all the inhabitants of our country said to us, `Take provisions in your hand for the journey, and go to meet them, and say to them, "We are your servants; come now, make a covenant with us."'
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Here is our bread; it was still warm when we took it from our houses as our food for the journey, on the day we set forth to come to you, but now, behold, it is dry and moldy;
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these wineskins were new when we filled them, and behold, they are burst; and these garments and shoes of ours are worn out from the very long journey."
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So the men partook of their provisions, and did not ask direction from the LORD.
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And Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore to them.
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At the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, they heard that they were their neighbors, and that they dwelt among them.
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And the people of Israel set out and reached their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, Chephi'rah, Be-er'oth, and Kir'iath-je'arim.
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But the people of Israel did not kill them, because the leaders of the congregation had sworn to them by the LORD, the God of Israel. Then all the congregation murmured against the leaders.
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But all the leaders said to all the congregation, "We have sworn to them by the LORD, the God of Israel, and now we may not touch them.
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This we will do to them, and let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we swore to them."
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And the leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for all the congregation, as the leaders had said of them.
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Joshua summoned them, and he said to them, "Why did you deceive us, saying, `We are very far from you,' when you dwell among us?
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Now therefore you are cursed, and some of you shall always be slaves, hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God."
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They answered Joshua, "Because it was told to your servants for a certainty that the LORD your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you; so we feared greatly for our lives because of you, and did this thing.
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And now, behold, we are in your hand: do as it seems good and right in your sight to do to us."
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So he did to them, and delivered them out of the hand of the people of Israel; and they did not kill them.
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But Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, to continue to this day, in the place which he should choose.

Joshua chapter 10

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When Ado'ni-ze'dek king of Jerusalem heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them,
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he feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty.
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So Ado'ni-ze'dek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron, to Piram king of Jarmuth, to Japhi'a king of Lachish, and to Debir king of Eglon, saying,
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"Come up to me, and help me, and let us smite Gibeon; for it has made peace with Joshua and with the people of Israel."
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Then the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon, gathered their forces, and went up with all their armies and encamped against Gibeon, and made war against it.
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And the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua at the camp in Gilgal, saying, "Do not relax your hand from your servants; come up to us quickly, and save us, and help us; for all the kings of the Amorites that dwell in the hill country are gathered against us."
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So Joshua went up from Gilgal, he and all the people of war with him, and all the mighty men of valor.
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And the LORD said to Joshua, "Do not fear them, for I have given them into your hands; there shall not a man of them stand before you."
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So Joshua came upon them suddenly, having marched up all night from Gilgal.
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And the LORD threw them into a panic before Israel, who slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them by the way of the ascent of Beth-hor'on, and smote them as far as Aze'kah and Makke'dah.
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And as they fled before Israel, while they were going down the ascent of Beth-hor'on, the LORD threw down great stones from heaven upon them as far as Aze'kah, and they died; there were more who died because of the hailstones than the men of Israel killed with the sword.
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Then spoke Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD gave the Amorites over to the men of Israel; and he said in the sight of Israel, "Sun, stand thou still at Gibeon, and thou Moon in the valley of Ai'jalon."
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And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jashar? The sun stayed in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
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There has been no day like it before or since, when the LORD hearkened to the voice of a man; for the LORD fought for Israel.
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Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.
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These five kings fled, and hid themselves in the cave at Makke'dah.
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And it was told Joshua, "The five kings have been found, hidden in the cave at Makke'dah."
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And Joshua said, "Roll great stones against the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to guard them;
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but do not stay there yourselves, pursue your enemies, fall upon their rear, do not let them enter their cities; for the LORD your God has given them into your hand."
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When Joshua and the men of Israel had finished slaying them with a very great slaughter, until they were wiped out, and when the remnant which remained of them had entered into the fortified cities,
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all the people returned safe to Joshua in the camp at Makke'dah; not a man moved his tongue against any of the people of Israel.
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Then Joshua said, "Open the mouth of the cave, and bring those five kings out to me from the cave."
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And they did so, and brought those five kings out to him from the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon.
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And when they brought those kings out to Joshua, Joshua summoned all the men of Israel, and said to the chiefs of the men of war who had gone with him, "Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings." Then they came near, and put their feet on their necks.
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And Joshua said to them, "Do not be afraid or dismayed; be strong and of good courage; for thus the LORD will do to all your enemies against whom you fight."
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And afterward Joshua smote them and put them to death, and he hung them on five trees. And they hung upon the trees until evening;
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but at the time of the going down of the sun, Joshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees, and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and they set great stones against the mouth of the cave, which remain to this very day.
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And Joshua took Makke'dah on that day, and smote it and its king with the edge of the sword; he utterly destroyed every person in it, he left none remaining; and he did to the king of Makke'dah as he had done to the king of Jericho.
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Then Joshua passed on from Makke'dah, and all Israel with him, to Libnah, and fought against Libnah;
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and the LORD gave it also and its king into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it; he left none remaining in it; and he did to its king as he had done to the king of Jericho.
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And Joshua passed on from Libnah, and all Israel with him, to Lachish, and laid siege to it, and assaulted it:
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and the LORD gave Lachish into the hand of Israel, and he took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it, as he had done to Libnah.
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Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he left none remaining.
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And Joshua passed on with all Israel from Lachish to Eglon; and they laid siege to it, and assaulted it;
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and they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword; and every person in it he utterly destroyed that day, as he had done to Lachish.
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Then Joshua went up with all Israel from Eglon to Hebron; and they assaulted it,
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and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and its king and its towns, and every person in it; he left none remaining, as he had done to Eglon, and utterly destroyed it with every person in it.
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Then Joshua, with all Israel, turned back to Debir and assaulted it,
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and he took it with its king and all its towns; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed every person in it; he left none remaining; as he had done to Hebron and to Libnah and its king, so he did to Debir and to its king.
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So Joshua defeated the whole land, the hill country and the Negeb and the lowland and the slopes, and all their kings; he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded.
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And Joshua defeated them from Ka'desh-bar'nea to Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, as far as Gibeon.
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And Joshua took all these kings and their land at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.
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Then Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to the camp at Gilgal.

Acts chapter 8

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And Saul was consenting to his death. And on that day a great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the region of Judea and Sama'ria, except the apostles.
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Devout men buried Stephen, and made great lamentation over him.
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But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.
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Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
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Philip went down to a city of Sama'ria, and proclaimed to them the Christ.
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And the multitudes with one accord gave heed to what was said by Philip, when they heard him and saw the signs which he did.
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For unclean spirits came out of many who were possessed, crying with a loud voice; and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed.
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So there was much joy in that city.
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But there was a man named Simon who had previously practiced magic in the city and amazed the nation of Sama'ria, saying that he himself was somebody great.
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They all gave heed to him, from the least to the greatest, saying, "This man is that power of God which is called Great."
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And they gave heed to him, because for a long time he had amazed them with his magic.
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But when they believed Philip as he preached good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.
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Even Simon himself believed, and after being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing signs and great miracles performed, he was amazed.
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Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Sama'ria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John,
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who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit;
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for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
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Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.
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Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money,
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saying, "Give me also this power, that any one on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit."
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But Peter said to him, "Your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!
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You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is not right before God.
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Repent therefore of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you.
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For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity."
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And Simon answered, "Pray for me to the Lord, that nothing of what you have said may come upon me."
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Now when they had testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.
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But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert road.
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And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Can'dace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship
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and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah.
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And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."
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So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, "Do you understand what you are reading?"
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And he said, "How can I, unless some one guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
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Now the passage of the scripture which he was reading was this: "As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its shearer is dumb, so he opens not his mouth.
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In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken up from the earth."
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And the eunuch said to Philip, "About whom, pray, does the prophet say this, about himself or about some one else?"
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Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he told him the good news of Jesus.
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And as they went along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "See, here is water! What is to prevent my being baptized?"
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And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him.
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And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.
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But Philip was found at Azo'tus, and passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came to Caesare'a.
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