1But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the devoted
thing; for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of
the tribe of Judah, took of the devoted thing: and the anger of Yahweh was
kindled against the children of Israel.
2Joshua sent men from Jericho to
Ai, which is beside Beth Aven, on the east side of Bethel, and spoke to them,
saying, Go up and spy out the land. The men went up and spied out Ai.
3They returned to Joshua, and said to him, Don’t let all the people go
up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and strike Ai; don’t make
all the people to toil there; for they are but few.
4So there went up
there of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of
5The men of Ai struck of them about thirty-six men; and they chased
them from before the gate even to Shebarim, and struck them at the
descent; and the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
6Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the
ark of Yahweh until the evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put
dust on their heads.
7Joshua said, Alas, Lord Yahweh, why have you at all
brought this people over the Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the
Amorites, to cause us to perish? would that we had been content and lived
beyond the Jordan!
8Oh, Lord, what shall I say, after that Israel has
turned their backs before their enemies!
9For the Canaanites and all the
inhabitants of the land will hear of it, and will compass us round, and cut
off our name from the earth: and what will you do for your great name?
10Yahweh said to Joshua, Get you up; why are you thus fallen on your
11Israel has sinned; yes, they have even transgressed my covenant
which I commanded them: yes, they have even taken of the devoted thing, and
have also stolen, and dissembled also; and they have even put it among their
12Therefore the children of Israel can’t stand before their
enemies; they turn their backs before their enemies, because they are become
accursed: I will not be with you any more, except you destroy the
devoted thing from among you.
13Up, sanctify the people, and say,
Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow: for thus says Yahweh, the God of
Israel, There is a devoted thing in the midst of you, Israel; you can not
stand before your enemies, until you take away the devoted thing from
14In the morning therefore you shall be brought near by
your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which Yahweh takes shall come
near by families; and the family which Yahweh shall take shall come near by
households; and the household which Yahweh shall take shall come near man by
15It shall be, that he who is taken with the devoted thing shall be
burnt with fire, he and all that he has; because he has transgressed the
covenant of Yahweh, and because he has done folly in Israel.
rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel near by their tribes; and
the tribe of Judah was taken:
17and he brought near the family of Judah;
and he took the family of the Zerahites: and he brought near the family of
the Zerahites man by man; and Zabdi was taken:
18and he brought near 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.
19Joshua said to Achan, My
son, please give glory to Yahweh, the God of Israel, and make confession to
him; and tell me now what you have done; don’t hide it from me.
answered Joshua, and said, Of a truth I have sinned against Yahweh, the God
of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
21when I saw among the spoil a
goodly Babylonian mantle, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of
gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and,
behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver
22So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran to the tent; and,
behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
23They took them
from the midst of the tent, and brought them to Joshua, and to all the
children of Israel; and they laid them down before Yahweh.
all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the
mantle, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen,
and his donkeys, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they
brought them up to the valley of Achor.
25Joshua said, Why have you
troubled us? Yahweh shall trouble you this day. All Israel stoned him with
stones; and they burned them with fire, and stoned them with stones.
26They raised over him a great heap of stones, to this day; and Yahweh
turned from the fierceness of his anger. Therefore the name of that place was
called “The valley of Achor” to this day.