This is why Joshua had to circumcise them: All the men old enough to fight when they left Egypt died on the journey through the desert after they left Egypt. 1
On the first day of the sixth month 1 of King Darius’ 2 second year, the Lord spoke this message through the prophet Haggai 3 to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak: 4
So the Lord energized and encouraged 1 Zerubbabel 2 son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 3 and the whole remnant of the people. 4 They came and worked on the temple of their God, the Lord who rules over all.
As for the stone 1 I have set before Joshua – on the one stone there are seven eyes. 2 I am about to engrave an inscription on it,’ says the Lord who rules over all, ‘to the effect that I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day. 3
and that day made them woodcutters and water carriers for the community and for the altar of the Lord at the divinely chosen site. (They continue in that capacity to this very day.) 1
Then 1 Joshua read aloud all the words of the law, including the blessings and the curses, just as they are written in the law scroll.
Joshua did as they said; he kept the Israelites from killing them 1
Then Moses called out to Joshua 1 in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you will accompany these people to the land that the Lord promised to give their ancestors, 2 and you will enable them to inherit it.
At that time Joshua made this solemn declaration: 1 “The man who attempts to rebuild 2 this city of Jericho 3 will stand condemned before the Lord. 4 He will lose his firstborn son when he lays its foundations and his youngest son when he erects its gates!” 5
Joshua prayed, 1 “O, Master, Lord! Why did you bring these people across the Jordan to hand us over to the Amorites so they could destroy us?
Then Joshua and all Israel took Achan, son of Zerah, along with the silver, the robe, the bar of gold, his sons, daughters, ox, donkey, sheep, tent, and all that belonged to him and brought them up to the Valley of Disaster. 1
He hung the king of Ai on a tree, leaving him exposed until evening. 1 At sunset Joshua ordered that his corpse be taken down from the tree. 2 They threw it down at the entrance of the city gate and erected over it a large pile of stones (it remains to this very day). 3
Adoni-Zedek, king of Jerusalem, 1 heard how Joshua captured Ai and annihilated it and its king as he did Jericho 2 and its king. 3 He also heard how 4 the people of Gibeon made peace with Israel and lived among them.
The gold mice corresponded in number to all the Philistine cities of the five leaders, from the fortified cities to hamlet villages, to greater Abel, 1 where they positioned the ark of the Lord until this very day in the field of Joshua who was from Beth Shemesh.
During Ahab’s reign, 1 Hiel the Bethelite rebuilt Jericho. 2 Abiram, his firstborn son, died when he laid the foundation; 3 Segub, his youngest son, died when he erected its gates, 4 just as the Lord had warned 5 through Joshua son of Nun. 6