Joshua was told, “The five kings have been found hiding in the cave at Makkedah.”
Then the whole army safely returned to Joshua at the camp in Makkedah. 1 No one 2 dared threaten the Israelites. 3
When King Jabin of Hazor 1 heard the news, he organized a coalition, including 2 King Jobab of Madon, the king of Shimron, the king of Acshaph,
The Lord told Joshua, “Don’t be afraid of them, for about this time tomorrow I will cause all of them to lie dead before Israel. You must hamstring their horses and burn 1 their chariots.”
Half of Gilead, Ashtaroth, and Edrei, cities in the kingdom of Og in Bashan, were assigned to the descendants of Makir son of Manasseh, to half the descendants of Makir by their clans.
The men of Judah approached Joshua in Gilgal, and Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, “You know what the Lord said about you and me to Moses, the man of God, at Kadesh Barnea. 1
I was forty years old when Moses, the Lord’s servant, sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy on the land and I brought back to him an honest report. 1
So now, look, the Lord has preserved my life, just as he promised, these past forty-five years since the Lord spoke these words to Moses, during which Israel traveled through the wilderness. Now look, I am today eighty-five years old.
The Ephraimites 1 did not conquer the Canaanites living in Gezer. The Canaanites live among the Ephraimites to this very day and do hard labor as their servants.
Whenever the Israelites were strong militarily, they forced the Canaanites to do hard labor, but they never totally conquered them. 1
As the Lord had instructed, they gave him the city he requested – Timnath Serah in the Ephraimite hill country. He built up the city and lived in it.
Not one of the Lord’s faithful promises to the family of Israel 1 was left unfulfilled; every one was realized. 2
So the Reubenites, Gadites, and half-tribe of Manasseh left the Israelites in Shiloh in the land of Canaan and headed home to their own land in Gilead, 1 which they acquired by the Lord’s command through Moses.
We swear we have done this because we were worried that 1 in the future your descendants would say to our descendants, ‘What relationship do you have with the Lord God of Israel? 2
The Lord made the Jordan a boundary between us and you Reubenites and Gadites. You have no right to worship the Lord.’ 1 In this way your descendants might cause our descendants to stop obeying 2 the Lord.
but as a reminder to us and you, 1 and to our descendants who follow us, that we will honor the Lord in his very presence 2 with burnt offerings, sacrifices, and tokens of peace. 3 Then in the future your descendants will not be able to say to our descendants, ‘You have no right to worship the Lord.’ 4
When Phinehas the priest and the community leaders and clan leaders who accompanied him heard the defense of the Reubenites, Gadites, and the Manassehites, 1 they were satisfied. 2
Phinehas, son of Eleazar, the priest, and the leaders left the Reubenites and Gadites in the land of Gilead and reported back to the Israelites in the land of Canaan. 1
The Israelites were satisfied with their report and gave thanks to God. 1 They said nothing more about launching an attack to destroy the land in which the Reubenites and Gadites lived. 2
or associate with these nations that remain near 1 you. You must not invoke or make solemn declarations by the names of their gods! 2 You must not worship 3 or bow down to them!