Joshua 9:27

“And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And Ioshua made them that day, hewers of wood, and drawers of water for the Congregation, and for the Altar of the Lord, euen vnto this day, in the place which he should choose.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, to this day, in the place which He would choose.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of Jehovah, unto this day, in the place which he should choose.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And that day Joshua made them servants, cutting wood and getting water for the people and for the altar of the Lord, in the place marked out by him, to this day.
- Basic English Bible

And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the assembly, and for the altar of Jehovah, to this day, in the place which he should choose.
- Darby Bible

And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even to this day, in the place which he should choose.
- Webster's Bible

That day Joshua made them wood cutters and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of Yahweh, to this day, in the place which he should choose.
- World English Bible

and Joshua maketh them on that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the company, and for the altar of Jehovah, unto this day, at the place which He doth choose.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, unto this day, in the place which He should choose.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Joshua 9:27


9:27 The altar of the Lord - By which appears, that they were not only to do this service in God's house, but upon all other occasions, as the congregation needed their help.


Discussion for Joshua 9

  • Florencio Mercado
    Why verse 2 said with instead against Joshua
  • EDUARDO JOSÉ DE AMORIM
    The Israel people didnot consult the God's will...
  • Insight 777
    This chapter talks about why weaker people form alliances for their own protection. Deceit was used in approaching the stronger nation meaning these people wanted to remain separate, verse 14 not becoming the same religion, yet they wanted a treaty of alliance to coexist. Verse 23 calls them cursed because they have the wrong religion but they are accepted to be hewers of wood which I think symbolically means to be soldiers that will support Israel and drawers of water symbolically meaning bringing people to support Israel through negotiations. This chapter is about forming treaties and alliances in war.
  • Margaret
    The inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai so they feared for their lives, and figured out a way to remain alive. They believed God was all powerfully, and they would be destroyed. We need to keep our patience and keep in prayer to avoid making rash decisions that we may regret.
  • Mercy
    When the deal is too good think twice! No matter what is presented to us,whether in Gold or Silver,we should seek God first.He knows who are for or against us.May god help us.
  • Lincy
    Joshua 3 talks about lying and the consequences of lying. I was reading Andre Murray's book which talks about 3 sins which will grieve the holy spirit, lying, anger and stealing. The tribe who lied to Joshua till today lives in poverty. Secondly, even when you walk closely with the Lord when we forget to take counsel from Him for our dealings, the deceiver will deceive us and take us away from God's presence.

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