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xxviii. 15,45,


Joshua, vii.

forti) out of CJcgiipt; and because tl^cp* hired against thee Balaam
the S(jii of ]3eor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee. Never-
theless, the Lord thy God would not hearken unto Balaam : but the
Lord th}' God tuined the curse into a blessing unto thee, because
the Lord thy God loved thee. ®|)0n sIiitU not SCCk tl)cir pciUC

nor tljcir prospcritji oU tl)ji bans forcucr.

Bcnicmbcr vuljat '^malck bib unto tijcc bn tl)e mw, roljcn

JIC XOCVC come fovtl) out of (Irgnpt; how he met thee' by the
way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble be-
hind thee, when thou wast faint and weary : and he feared not
God. (Z[|)crcfore it sljall be, tDl)cn tl)c Corb tl}ij &oh l)iUl)
giuen tijce rest from oil tl)inc cncmice rounb about, iu the hmd

which the Lord tliy God givetii thee for an inheritance to possess

it, tljiU tl)ou sijalt blot out tl)c remembrance of '^malck from
nnbcr l)eawcn; tljou sl)iUt not forget it.

It shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice
of the Lord tliy God, to observe to do all his commandments and
his statutes which I command thee this day : that all these curses
shall come upon thee, and overtake thee : More-
over, all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee,
and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed: because thou hearkenedst
not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments
and his statutes which he commanded thee. And they shall be
upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, a\\b UJJOU tl)2 seeb forever.

But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed
thing [after the fall of Jericho,] : 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 tl)e

cl)ilbren of Jsrael-

And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside l^e-
thaven, on the east side of Beth-el, and spake unto them, saying.
Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed
Ai. And they returnd to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all
the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up
an<l 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 thev 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 Joshaa rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face
before the ark oT the Lord until the even-tide, he and the elders of
Israel, and put dust upon their heads. And Josliua said, Alas! O
Lord God, whert-fon^ hast thou at all brought this people over Jor-
dan, 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 sliall I say, when Israel turneth their backs
before their enemies! For the Canaanites, and all the inliabitants
of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us I'ound, and cut off
our name from the earth : and what wilt thou do unto thy great
name ?

And the Lord said unto Joshua, Get thee up ; wherefore
liest thou thus upon thy face ? 3srtU'I Ijiltl] siuucb, and tl)Cn
have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them : for
tijcil have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and
dissembled also, and they have put it even an)ong their own stuff.

Slicvcforc the cljilbrcn of Israel conlb not stanb before tl)eir
enemics, but tiuMieb tl)cir backs before tl)eir enemies, because
tljeij uiere accurseb; neitl)er uiill iJ be ujitl] jiou ann more,
except nc bestvon tl)e accurseb from among nou. Up7sanctify

the people, and say, Sanctity yourselves against to-morrow : for
thus saith the Lord God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the
midst of thee, Israel : thou canst not stand before thine enemies,
until ye take away the accursed thing from among you. In the
mornincf therefore ye sliall be brouMit accordinn' to vour 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. And it shall be, that he that is taken
with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire. l)e (lYlb all tilClt
l)C l)iUl) : because he hath transgressed the covenant of the Lord,
and because lie hath wrought folly in Israel.

So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel
by their ti-ibes ; 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 bronglit 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 thou hast done, hide it not from me. And Achan an-
swered Joshua, and said. Indeed I have sinned against the Lord
God of Israel, and thus and thus liave I done. When I saw amonof
the spoils a goodly liabylonish 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, thev are hid in the earth in the
midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent, and
behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver muler 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 be-
fore the Lord. And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan
the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge



xxii. 10-18,
'JO, 30, 31.

of gold, axib l)is sons, anh !)is bangljtcrs, iwib Ijis oxen, axib
Ijis asses, anh Ijis sljecp, onii Ijis tent, a\\b all tljat \)c Ijab :

and tliey brought them unto the valley of Achor. And Joshua
said, Why hast thou troubled us? the Lord shall trouble thee this
day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, flttb btlVUcb tl}Cin

mill) fire, after tljen Ijab stoneb tl)em will) stones. 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.

And when they came unto the borders of Jordan, that are in
the land of Canaan, the children of Reuben, and the children of
Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh built there an altar by Jordan,
a great altar to see to.

And the children of Israel heard say, l^ehold, the children of
Reuben, and the children of Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh,
have built an altar over against the land of Canaan, in the borders
of Jordan, at the passage of the children of Israel. And when the
children of Israel heard of it, the whole congregation of the chil-
dren of Israel gathered themselves together at Sliiloh, to go up to
war ap'ainst them. x\nd the children of Israel sent unto the chil-
dren of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the half-tribe
of Manasseh, into the land of Gilead, Pliinehas the son of Eleazar the
priest, and with him ten princes, of each chief house a prince
throughout all the tribes of Israel ; and each one was an head of
the house of their fathers among the thousands of Israel.

And they came unto the children of Reuben, and to the chil-
dren of Gad, and to the half-tribe of Manasseh, unto the land of
Gilead, and they spake with them, saying. Thus saith the whole
congregation of the Lord, What trespass is this that ye have com-
mitted against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from fol-
lowing the Lord, in that ye have builded you an altar, that ye might
rebel this day against the Lord? Is the iniquity of Peor too little
for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there
was a i)la"-uc in the cono-reo^ation of the Lord, but that ve must
turn away this day from following the Lord? anb it tuill be, see-
ing nc rebel to-ban against tl)e Corb, tl)at to-movrovD l)e miii
be torotl) loitl) tl)e"uil)ole congregation of Israel

. . i)id not Achan the son of Zeiah coiniiiit a trespass in the

accursed thing, anh uiratl) fell on all tl)e congregation of Js-
racl? anh tl)at man pcrisljeb not alone in l)is inic|uitti

And when Phiui'has tht; priest, and the })rinees of the congre-
gation, and heads of the thousands of Israel which were with hiin,
heard tlie words that the children of Reuben, and the children of
Crad, and the children of Manasseh spake, it pleased them. And
Pliinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the children of
Reuben, an<l to the children of Gad, and to the children of Manasseh,
This day we perceive that the Lord is among us, because ye have



not committed this trespass against the Lord: noU) tie IjciUC bcUt)-

cxch tl)c cl)ilbrcn of Israel out of tl)c l)aub of ll)c Corb.

And there came a man of God unto EH, and said unto him,
Thus saith the Lord, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy
father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house ? And did I
choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to otfer
upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me ? and
did I give unto the house of thy father all the ofterings made by
fire of" the children of Israel? Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice
and at mine ottering, whicli I have commanded in my habitation ;
and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the
chiefest of all the otterings of Israel my people ?

Wherefore tlie Lord God of Israel saith, jj saib iubccb tl)tat
tl)n l)0U6e, anb tl)c l)onsc of tijn fatljcr, sl)oulb voalk before
me foveiuT : but nora tl]e t:orb saiti), jic it fur from me; for

them that honour me 1 will lionour, and they that despise me shall
be lightly esteemed. Behold, the days come, that I will cut oft"

thine arm, anti tl)c arm of tl)n fatl)er's lionse, tljat tl)crc sljall

not be an olb man in tl)inc IjollSC. And thou .shalt see an enemy
in my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel :

onb there sl}aU not be un olb man in tl)inc Ijousc forcoer.
dlnb tl)c man of tl)inc, VDl)om 3 sljall not cut off from mine
altar, sl)all be to consume tljine enes, anb to griene tljinc
lieart: anb all tl)c increase of tljinc l)ouse s!)all bie in tl)e
floujcr of tljcir age.

And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy
two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas : in one day they shall die both
of them. And I will raise me up a faithful priest, that shall do
according to that which is in mine heart and in my mind : and I
will build him a sure liouse ; and he shall walk before mine
Anointed forever. And it shall come to pass, tl)at eneru OUe tl)at

is left in tl)ine Ijouse, sljall come anb croud) to l)im for a
piece of siluer anb a morsel of breab, anb sl)all saij, |3ut me,
J praji tl)ee, into one of tl)c priests' offices, tl);it J man eat a
piece of breab.

And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in
Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall
tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things whicli I
have spoken concerning l)is l)0U5C : when I begin, I will also
make an end. For I have t.-M him, that 3 U)iU jubge l)is l)OUSe

foreocr, for tl)e iniquitn u)l)icl) l)c Unometl) : because his sons

made themselves vile, and he restraiueth them not. And therefore I
liave sworn unto the house of Eli, tl)at tl)e iniquity of (Eli's l)OUSC

sl)all not be purgeb mitl) sacritice nor offering forcuer.

And unto Abiathar the priest [of the house of Eli, about 130 years
after the foregoing prophecy,] saitl the king, Get thee to Anathoth,
unto thine own fields ; for thou art worthy of death : but I will not

1 Samuel,
ii. i27-3t).

1 Samuel,
iii. 11-14.

1 Kiiisjs,
ii. 26, 2T.



1 Samuel,
XV. 1-S.

2 Samuel,
iii. 20-29.

2 Sanniel,
xii. 7-lU.

at this time put thee to death, because thou barest the ark of
the Lord God before David ray father, and because thou hast been
afflicted in all wherein my father was afflicted.

So Solomon thrust out Abiathar fiom being priest unto the

Lord; tl}at l)c migl)t fnltil tl)c xoovh of the £orb, tDl)icl) l)C
spoke concerning tljc l)ouse of Qcli in SI)ilol).

Samuel said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be
king over his people, ovei- Israel : now therefore hearken thou unto
the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts,

3 remember tijat tal)icl) ^malek bib to Jlsrael, Ijoiu l)c laib
iBiiit for l)im in tl)c ujaij, uiljen I)e came np from (Egnpt. K^om
go anb smite Qlmalek, anb ntterln bcstroji all tlja'tlljcri [)atie,
anh spare tl)em not; bnt slan bott) man anb ruomanrinfant
anb snckling, o;e anb sl)eep, camel anb ass.

And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them
in Telaim, two hundied thousand footmen, and ten thousand men
of Judah. And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in
the valley. And Saul said unto the Kenites, Go, depart, get you
down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them :
for ye shewed kindness to all the children of Israel when they came
up out of Egypt, So the Kenites departed from among the

And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah, until thou
comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag
the king of the Amalekites alive, a\\b Utterlll bestroneb all tl)C

people roitl) t\)c ebgc of tl)c sioorb.

And when Joab was come out from David, he sent messengers
after Abner, which brought him again from the well of Sii-ah : hut
David knew it not. And when Abner was returned to Ilebi'on,
Joab took him aside in the gate to speak with him quietly, and
smote him there under the fifth rib that he died, for the blood of
Asahel his brother.

And afterward when David heard it, he said, I and my king-
dom are guiltless before the Lord forever from the blood of Abner
the son of Ner : let it rest on the head of Joab, anb on all l)is
father's l]onse; anb let tlierc not fail from tl)e l}onse of
Joab one tl)at Ijatl) an issne, or tl)at is a leper, or tl)at lean-
etl) on a staff, or tl)at falletl) on tl)C sroorii, or tl)at lacketl)

And Nathan said to David, Thus saitli the Lord God of Israel,
I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the
liand of Saul ; and I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's
wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of
Judah ; and if that had been too little, I would moreover liave
given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou de-
spised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight? thou
hast killed Uriah the Ilittite with the sword, and hast taken his



wife to be thy wife, and liast slain liim witli the sword of the chil-
dren of Amnion. Now therefore tl)C SUJOrb sljilU UCUCr bcfliltt
from tl)inc l)OUSe; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken
the wife of Uriali the Hittite to be thv wife.

Then there was a famine in the days of David three years,
year after year ; and David inquired of the Lord. And the Lord

answered, Jt is for Guul anh for l)is bloobii l)ousc, bccansc Ije
slctD tlic C!3ibcouitcs.

And the king called the Gibeonites, and said unto them ; (now
the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but of the rem-
nant of the Amorites ; and the children of Israel had sworn unto
them : and Saul sought to slay them, in his zeal to the children of
Israel and Judah.) Wherefore David said unto the Gibeonites,
What shall I do for you ? and wherewith shall I make the atone-
ment, that ye may bless the inheritance of the Lord ? And the
Gibeonites said unto him, We will have no silver nor gold of Saul,
nor of his house; neither for us shalt thou kill any man in Israel.
And he said. What ye shall say, that will I do for you. And they
answered the king, 3ri)C matt tl)at COUSUmcb US, and that de-
vised against us, that we should be destroved from remaining in
any of the coasts of Israel, let SCUCll mcu of l)is SOUS bc 5diu-
CXch unto us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord in Gibeah
of Saul, whom the Lord did choose. And the king said, I will
give them. But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jona-
than, the son of Saul, because of the Lord's oath that was between
them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul, l^ut the king

took \\y: troo sons of Ui^pal) tl)c baugljtcr of ^\a\), whom

she bare unto Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth ; a\\\l tl)C ftuc SOUS
of illicljal tl)C bauglltcr of Saul, whom she brought up for
Adriel, the son of ]>arzillai the Meholathite: aub l)C bcUucrcb

tijcm into tijc Ijunbs of tl)c©ibcomtcs, anb tl)cn Ijnngcb tl)em

in tl)C l)ill before tl)C t!orb : and tliey fell all seven together, and
were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the
beginning of barley-harvest.

Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and
he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
For the king said to Joab, the captain of the host which was with
him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to
lieer-sheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the num-
ber of the people

And 1 )avid's heart smote him after that he had numbered the
people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in
that r have done : and now, I beseech thee, Lord, take away the
iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly. For when
David was up in the morning, the word of the Lord came unto the
prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, Go and say unto David, Thus
saith the Lord, I offer thee three things ; choose thee one of them.

2 Samuel,
xxi. 1-9.

2 Samuel,
xxiv. 1, 2,
10-18, 25.



1 Kinp;.?,
ii. 29-33.

1 Kin:,'^
xi. 11, 1-2.

that I may do it unto thee. So Gad came to David, and told him,

and said mito him, 0|)aU scDcn |}cars of famine come unto
ll)ec in tl)t} lan5? or loilt tl)ou tlcc tl)rcc montl)s before tl]inc
enemies, uil)ile tl)cr) pursue tl]ee ? or tljiit tl)cre be tl)ree bugs'

pestilence in tl)11 Tanb ? Now advise, and see what answer I
shall return to hiin that sent me. And David said unto Gad, I am
in a great strait : let us fall now into the hand of the Lord ; for his
mercies are great; and let me not fall into the hand of man.

00 the Corb sent a pestilence upon Israel from the

morning even to the time appointed : aub tl]ere bieb of tllC peo-
ple from jElan even to i3eer-sl)eba seuentn t!}ousanb men.

And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem tO
bestrOJI it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel
that destroyed the people. It is enough : stay now thine hand. And
the angel of the Lord was by the threshing-place of Araunah the
Jebusite. And David spake unto the Lord when he saw the angel
that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done
wickedly: but tl^ese sl)eep, tDl)at l)atic tl^ej} bone? Let thine
hand, I pray thee, be against me, atib Ogaiust mil fatljet's


And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go
up, rear an altar unto the Lord in the threshing-floor of Araunah

the Jebusite And David built there an altar unto

the Lord, and off"ered burnt-ofte rings and peace-offerings. So the
Lord was entreated for the land, and tl)e placJUC was Stuneb

from Israel

It was told king Solomon that Joab was fled unto the taber-
nacle of the Lord ; and behold, he is by the altar. Then Solomon
sent Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, saying. Go, fall upon him. And
lienaiah came to the tabernacle of the Lord, and said unto him,
Thus saith the king. Come forth. And he said, Nay ; but I will
die here. And Benaiah brought the king word again, saying, Thus
said Joab, and thus he answered me. And the king said unto him,
Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, and bury him ; that thou
mayest take away the innocent blood which Joab shed, from me,

anh from tl)e l)ouse of utji fatljer.

And the Lord shall return his blood upon liis own head, who
fell upon two men more righteous and better than he, and slew
them witli the sword, my father David not knowing thereof, to wit,
Abner the son of Ner, captain of the host of Israel, and Amasa the
son of Jether, captain of the host of Judah. Their blood shall
therefort- return upon the head of Joab, nub UpOU tl)e Ijeub of

his seeb foreoer : but upon Dauib, anh upon l)is seeb, iwib
upon l)is house, anh upon his throne, sljall there be \icau
forener from the ^^orb.

The Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of
tliee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes which I



have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee,
and will give it to thy servant. Notwithstanding, in thy days I
will not do it for David thy father's sake : btlt 3 tuill VClib it OUt

of tl)c ijanb of tl)ti son.

Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of
the lowest of the people priests of the high places : whosoever would,
he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high
places. And this thing became sin nnlO tl)C IjOltSC of JJcroboatTt,

even to cut it off, a\ib to bestron it from off tl)c face of tlje

And the Lord said unto A.hijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam
Cometh to ask a thing of tliee for her son ; for he is sick : thus
and thus shalt thou say unto her : for it shall be, when she cometh
in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.

And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as
she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jero-
boam ; why feignest thou thyself to be another ? for I am sent to
thee with heavy tidings. Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the Lord
God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people,
and made thee prince over my people Israel, and rent the kingdom
away from the house of David, and gave it thee : and yet thou
hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments,
and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was
right in mine eyes ; but hast done evil above all that were before
thee : for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten
images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back :
therefore behold, I will bring evil npon tl)C 1)0USC of Jlcvoboam,
and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall,
and him that is shut up and left, in Israel, and will take away the
remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung,
till it be all gone, t^im tl)at bicti) of Icroboam in tljc citti sl)iiU
tl)c bogs cat; anb l)im tl)at bicti) in tl)c ficlb sl)aU tl)c" fowls

of tl)C air cat : for the Lord hath spoken it.

Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house : and when
thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die. And all Israel
shall mourn for him, and bury him ; for l)C onin of 3croboam
sijall come to tl)C graue, because in him there is found some
good thing toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.

And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel
in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel
two years. And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked
in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to

And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar con-
spired against him ; and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon, which
belonged to the Philistines ; for Nadab and all Israel laid siege to
Gibbethon. Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did

1 Kings,
xiii. 33, 34.

1 Kings,
xiv. 5-i3.

1 Kings,
XV. 25-30.




] Kingi=i,
xvi. 1-4.

I Kings,

XX. 2B-34, 42.


Baasha slay him, and reigned in his stead. And it came to pass,
when he reigned, tljilt l)C SlttOtC all tt)C l)Onsc ofjcroboatlt; l)C

left not to Jfcroboam am tl)rtt brcatl)co, until 1)C Ijab bcstron-
cb l)iin, according unto the saying of the Lord, whieli he spake by
his servant Ahijah the Shilonite : bccausc of tl)C sius of SctO-
bocim which he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his
provocation wherewith he provoked the Lord God of Israel to

The word of the Lord came to Jehu the son of Hanani
against Baasha, saying, Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the

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