Gibeonites beguile Joshua.
They did work
wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors,
and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old,
and rent, and bound up; And old shoes and clouted upon their
feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their
provision was dry and mouldy... ...And Joshua said unto them,
Who are ye? and from whence come ye? And they said unto him,
From a very far country thy servants are come because of the
name of the Lord thy God: for we have heard the fame of him,
and all that he did in Egypt, And all that he did to the two
kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king
of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth.
Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country
spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey,
and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants:
therefore now make ye a league with us. This our bread we
took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we
came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and
it is mouldy: And these bottles of wine, which we filled,
were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments
and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.
And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel
at the mouth of the Lord. And Joshua made peace with them,
and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes
of the congregation sware unto them. (KJV)
de la Bible (1728)
Illustrated by Gerard
Hoet (1648-1733), and others.