Book of Jasher 88

Book of Jasher 88

Chapter 88


And it was after the death of Moses
that the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, saying,

Rise up and pass the Jordan to the land
which I have given to the children of
Israel, and thou shalt make the children of Israel inherit the

Every place upon which the sole of
your feet shall tread shall belong to you, from the wilderness of
Lebanon unto the
great river the
river of Perath shall be
your boundary.

No man shall stand up against thee all
the days of thy life; as I was with Moses, so will I be with thee, only be
strong and of good courage to observe all the law which Moses commanded thee,
turn not from the way either to the right or to the left, in order that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest.

And Joshua commanded the officers of Israel, saying,
Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, Prepare for yourselves
provisions, for in three days more you will pass the
Jordan to possess
the land.

And the officers of the children of Israel did so, and
they commanded the people and they did all that Joshua had commanded.

And Joshua sent two men to spy out
land of Jericho, and the men
went and spied out

And at the end of seven days they
came to Joshua in the camp and said to him, The Lord has delivered the whole
land into our hand, and the inhabitants thereof are melted with fear because of

And it came to pass after that, that
Joshua rose up in the morning and all
Israel with him,
and they journeyed from Shittim, and Joshua and all
Israel with him
passed the
Jordan; and Joshua
was eighty-two years old when he passed the
Jordan with Israel.

And the people went up from Jordan on the tenth
day of the first month, and they encamped in Gilgal
at the eastern corner of

And the children of Israel kept the
Passover in Gilgal, in the plains of
Jericho, on the
fourteenth day at the month, as it is written in the law of Moses.

And the manna ceased at that time on
the morrow of the Passover, and there was no more manna for the children of
Israel, and they
ate of the produce of the
land of Canaan.

And Jericho was entirely
closed against the children of
Israel, no one came
out or went in.

And it was in the second month, on
the first day of the month, that the Lord said to Joshua, Rise up, behold I
have given Jericho into thy hand with all the people thereof; and all your
fighting men shall go round the city, once each day, thus shall you do for six

And the priests shall blow upon
trumpets, and when you shall hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people
shall give a great shouting, that the walls of the city shall fall down; all
the people shall go up every man against his opponent.

And Joshua did so according to all
that the Lord had commanded him.

And on the seventh day they went
round the city seven times, and the priests blew upon trumpets.

And at the seventh round, Joshua said
to the people, Shout, for the Lord has delivered the whole city into our hands.

Only the city and all that it
contains shall be accursed to the Lord, and keep yourselves from the accursed
thing, lest you make the camp of
Israel accursed and
trouble it.

But all the silver and gold and brass
and iron shall be consecrated to the Lord, they shall come into the treasury of
the Lord.

And the people blew upon trumpets and
made a great shouting, and the walls of Jericho fell down, and all the people
went up, every man straight before him, and they took the city and utterly
destroyed all that was in it, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and
ass, with the edge of the sword.

And they burned the whole city with
fire; only the vessels of silver and gold, and brass and iron, they put into
the treasury of the Lord.

And Joshua swore at that time,
saying, Cursed be the man who builds
Jericho; he shall
lay the foundation thereof in his first-born, and in his youngest son shall he
set up the gates thereof.

And Achan
the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, son of
Judah, dealt
treacherously in the accursed thing, and he took of the accursed thing and hid
it in the tent, and the anger of the Lord was kindled against

And it was after this when the
children of
Israel had returned
from burning
Jericho, Joshua sent
men to spy out also Ai, and to fight against it.

And the men went up and spied out Ai,
and they returned and said, Let not all the people go up with thee to Ai, only
let about three thousand men go up and smite the city, for the men thereof are
but few.

And Joshua did so, and there went up
with him of the children of
Israel about three
thousand men, and they fought against the men of Ai.

And the battle was severe against Israel, and the men
of Ai smote thirty-six men of
Israel, and the
children of
Israel fled from
before the men of Ai.

And when Joshua saw this thing, he
tore his garments and fell upon his face to the ground before the Lord, he,
with the elders of
Israel, and they
put dust upon their heads.

And Joshua said, Why O Lord didst
thou bring this people over the
Jordan? what shall
I say after the Israelites have turned their backs against their enemies?

Now therefore all the Canaanites,
inhabitants of the land, will hear this thing, and surround us and cut off our

And the Lord said to Joshua, Why dost
thou fall upon thy face? rise, get thee off, for the Israelites have sinned,
and taken of the accursed thing; I will no more be with them unless they
destroy the accursed thing from amongst them.

And Joshua rose up and assembled the
people, and brought the Urim by the order of the
Lord, and the tribe of
Judah was taken,
and Achan the son of Carmi was taken.

And Joshua said to Achan, Tell me my son, what hast thou done, and Achan said, I saw amongst the spoil a goodly garment of Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of
gold of fifty shekels weight; I coveted them and took them, and behold they are
all hid in the earth in the midst of the tent.

And Joshua sent men who went and took
them from the tent of Achan, and they brought them to

And Joshua took Achan
and these utensils, and his sons and daughters and all belonging to him, and
they brought them into the
valley of Achor.

And Joshua burned them there with
fire, and all the Israelites stoned Achan with
stones, and they raised over him a heap of stones, therefore did he call that
place the
valley of Achor, so the
Lord’s anger was appeased, and Joshua afterward came to the city and fought
against it.

And the Lord said to Joshua, Fear
not, neither be thou dismayed, behold I have given into thy hand Ai, her king
and her people, and thou shalt do unto them as thou
didst to Jericho and her king, only the spoil thereof and the cattle thereof
shall you take for a prey for yourselves; lay an ambush for the city behind it.

So Joshua did according to the word
of the Lord, and he chose from amongst the sons of war thirty thousand valiant
men, and he sent them, and they lay in ambush for the city.

And he commanded them, saying, When
you shall see us we will flee before them with cunning, and they will pursue
us, you shall then rise out of the ambush and take the city, and they did so.

And Joshua fought, and the men of the
city went out toward
Israel, not knowing
that they were lying in ambush for them behind the city.

And Joshua and all the Israelites
feigned themselves wearied out before them, and they fled by the way of the
wilderness with cunning.

And the men of Ai gathered all the
people who were in the city to pursue the Israelites, and they went out and
were drawn away from the city, not one remained, and they left the city open
and pursued the Israelites.

And those who were lying in ambush
rose up out of their places, and hastened to come to the city and took it and
set it on fire, and the men of Ai turned back, and behold the smoke of the city
ascended to the skies, and they had no means of retreating either one way or
the other.

And all the men of Ai were in the
midst of
Israel, some on
this side and some on that side, and they smote them so that not one of them

And the children of Israel took Melosh king of Ai alive, and they brought him to Joshua,
and Joshua hanged him on a tree and he died.

And the children of Israel returned to
the city after having burned it, and they smote all those that were in it with
the edge of the sword.

And the number of those that had
fallen of the men of Ai, both man and woman, was twelve thousand; only the
cattle and the spoil of the city they took to themselves, according to the word
of the Lord to Joshua.

And all the kings on this side
Jordan, all the kings of
Canaan, heard of
the evil which the children of
Israel had done to Jericho and to Ai,
and they gathered themselves together to fight against

Only the inhabitants of Gibeon were greatly
afraid of fighting against the Israelites lest they should perish, so they
acted cunningly, and they came to Joshua and to all
Israel, and said
unto them, We have come from a distant land, now therefore make a covenant with

And the inhabitants of Gibeon over-reached
the children of
Israel, and the
children of
Israel made a
covenant with them, and they made peace with them, and the princes of the
congregation swore unto them, but afterward the children of
Israel knew that
they were neighbors to them and were dwelling amongst them.

But the children of Israel slew them
not; for they had sworn to them by the Lord, and they became hewers of wood and
drawers of water.

And Joshua said to them, Why did you
deceive me, to do this thing to us? and they answered him, saying, Because it
was told to thy servants all that you had done to all the kings of the
Amorites, and we were greatly afraid of our lives, and we did this thing.

And Joshua appointed them on that day
to hew wood and to draw water, and he divided them for slaves to all the tribes

And when Adonizedek
king of
Jerusalem heard all
that the children of
Israel had done to Jericho and to Ai,
he sent to Hoham king of
Hebron and to Piram king at Jarmuth, and to Japhia king of Lachish and to Deber king of Eglon, saying,

Come up to me and help me, that we
may smite the children of
Israel and the
inhabitants of
Gibeon who have
made peace with the children of

And they gathered themselves together
and the five kings of the Amorites went up with all their camps, a mighty
people numerous as the sand of the sea shore.

And all these kings came and encamped
before Gibeon, and they began to fight against the
inhabitants of Gibeon, and all the men of Gibeon sent to Joshua, saying, Come up quickly to us and
help us, for all the kings of the Amorites have gathered together to fight
against us.

And Joshua and all the fighting
people went up from Gilgal, and Joshua came suddenly
to them, and smote these five kings with a great slaughter.

And the Lord confounded them before
the children at
Israel, who smote
them with a terrible slaughter in
Gibeon, and pursued
them along the way that goes up to Beth Horon unto Makkedah, and they fled from before the children of

And whilst they were fleeing, the
Lord sent upon them hailstones from heaven, and more of them died by the
hailstones, than by the slaughter of the children of

And the children of Israel pursued
them, and they still smote them in the road, going on and smiting them.

And when they were smiting, the day
was declining toward evening, and Joshua said in the sight of all the people,
Sun, stand thou still upon
Gibeon, and thou
moon in the
valley of Ajalon, until the
nation shall have revenged itself upon its enemies.

And the Lord hearkened to the voice
of Joshua, and the sun stood still in the midst of the heavens, and it stood
still six and thirty moments, and the moon also stood still and hastened not to
go down a whole day.

And there was no day like that,
before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened to the voice of a man, for the
Lord fought for

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