Joshua Chapter 7 (1611 Bible)
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1 But the children of Israel committed a trespasse in the accursed thing: for Achan the sonne of Carmi, the sonne of Zabdi, the sonne of Zerah, of the tribe of Iudah, tooke of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel.
3 And they returned to Ioshua, and said vnto him, Let not all the people goe vp: but let about two or three thousand men goe vp, and smite Ai, and make not all the people to labour thither, for they are but few.
5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and sixe men: for they chased them from before the gate euen vnto Shebarim, and smote them in the going downe: Wherefore the hearts of the people melted, & became as water.
7 And Ioshua said, Alas, O Lord God, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people ouer Iordan, to deliuer vs into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy vs? Would to God we had bene content, and dwelt on the other side Iordan.
11 Israel hath sinned, and they haue also transgressed my Couenant which I commaunded them: for they haue euen taken of the accursed thing, and haue also stollen, and dissembled also, and they haue put it euen amongst their owne stuffe.
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 bee with you any more, except yee destroy the accursed from amongst you.
13 Up, sanctifie the people, and say, Sanctifie your selues 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, vntill ye take away the accursed thing from among you.
14 In the morning therefore ye shal 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 familie which the Lord shall take, shal come by housholdes: and the housholdes which the Lord shall take, shal come man by man.
15 And it shalbe that he that is taken with the accursed thing, shall bee burnt with fire, he, and all that hee hath: because he hath transgressed the couenant of the Lord, and because hee hath wrought folly in Israel.
21 When I saw among the spoiles a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of siluer, and a wedge of gold of fiftie shekels weight, then I coueted them, and tooke them, and behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the siluer vnder it.
24 And Ioshua and all Israel with him tooke Achan the sonne of Zerah, and the siluer, and the garment, and the wedge of golde, and his sonnes, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheepe, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them vnto the valley of Achor.
26 And they raised ouer him a great heape of stones vnto this day: so the Lord turned from the fiercenesse of his anger: Wherefore the name of the place was called, The valley of Achor, vnto this day.
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Terry's Joshua Chapter 7 comment on 4/12/2013, 11:35am...
he was like a general mcarthur in his day i shall return, he spied the land and returned and took the land, by Gods authority
Clint's Joshua Chapter 7 comment on 11/22/2012, 1:08pm...
A better translation would be do not murder!
Kathleen's Joshua Chapter 7 comment on 8/13/2012, 10:41pm...
I had the same question and concluded that HE meant that thou shalt not murder or take innocent blood. There is evidence throughout the OT of military campaigns i.e. nation against nation and even in the NT God said that this would be. Jesus also said that we should turn the other cheek if we are smitted on the right one but it appears He was talking on an individual level when we are taken by those in authority i.e. by the police as He was. In all cases we are called to love, so if one is in battle if a life can be spared you don't just take that life, that would be murder. I just saying...
Lane's Joshua Chapter 7 comment on 7/17/2012, 7:54pm...
just a ?,what does GOD mean by "thou shall not kill"?then Joshua goes out kills thru military campaigns,confusing
Sandra's Joshua Chapter 7 comment on 7/03/2011, 7:26am...
This lesson was very inspiring for me to pay close attention to understanding the importance of obedience to God. In studying this lesson I find myself wrestling with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life. My prayer is that God will help me to overcome this sinful nature through the power of the holy ghost.
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