For if Joshua had given them rest, God 1 would not have spoken afterward about another day.
Jair, son of Manasseh, took all the Argob region as far as the border with the Geshurites 1 and Maacathites 2 (namely Bashan) and called it by his name, Havvoth-Jair, 3 which it retains to this very day.)
Pay careful attention to all these things I am commanding you so that it may always go well with you and your children after you when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.
Joshua continued, 1 “This is how you will know the living God is among you and that he will truly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites.
Now it was reported to Saul, “Look, the army is sinning against the Lord by eating even the blood.” He said, “All of you have broken the covenant! 1 Roll a large stone over here to me.”
To this very day they observe their earlier practices. They do not worship 1 the Lord; they do not obey the rules, regulations, law, and commandments that the Lord gave 2 the descendants of Jacob, whom he renamed Israel.
The men whose names are listed came during the time of King Hezekiah of Judah and attacked the Hamites’ settlements, 1 as well as the Meunites they discovered there, and they wiped them out to this very day. They dispossessed them, 2 for they found pasture for their sheep there.
O Lord God of Israel, you are righteous, for we are left as a remnant this day. Indeed, we stand before you in our guilt. However, because of this guilt 1 no one can really stand before you.”
You have been the object of Israel’s hopes. You have saved them when they were in trouble. Why have you become like a resident foreigner 1 in the land? Why have you become like a traveler who only stops in to spend the night?
Do not seek Bethel! 1 Do not visit Gilgal! Do not journey down 2 to Beer Sheba! For the people of Gilgal 3 will certainly be carried into exile; 4 and Bethel will become a place where disaster abounds.” 5
“The Lord who rules over all also says, ‘Gather strength, you who are listening to these words today from the mouths of the prophets who were there at the founding of the house of the Lord who rules over all, 1 so that the temple might be built.
And about five o’clock that afternoon 1 he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why are you standing here all day without work?’