Joshua says ‘Goodbye’ to the people

Chapter 24 Joshua says ‘Goodbye’ to the people – Joshua 24:1-27 v1 Joshua called all the *tribes together at Shechem. He made all the important men stand. They stood there, in front of God. These men were the leaders, officers and judges. v2 Joshua spoke to the people. He said, ‘This is what the *Lord, the God of *Israel says, “A long time ago, the *ancestors of *Israel’s people lived across the river Euphrates, and they *worshipped other gods. Your *ancestors included Terah and his sons, Abraham and Nahor. v3…

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Joshua says ‘Goodbye’ to his leaders

Joshua says ‘Goodbye’ to his leaders – Joshua 23:1-16 Chapter 23 v1 After many years passed, Joshua was very old. The *Lord had given peace to the *Israelites. Their enemies who lived near them did not attack them any more. v2 Then, Joshua called all the people to him with their leaders, judges and officers. He said to them, ‘I am now very old. v3 You, yourselves, saw what the *Lord did to your enemies, to help you. It was the *Lord who fought them for you. v4Remember how I…

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The tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh return home

4. Accept God’s blessing The tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh return home – Joshua 22:1-34 Chapter 22 v1 Then Joshua called together the *tribes of Reuben, Gad and the *half-tribe of Manasseh. v2 Joshua said, ‘You have done all that Moses, the servant of the *Lord, told you to do.’ He said, ‘And you have obeyed me. You have done everything that I told you to do. v3 You have helped your brothers, for a long time. You have stayed even to this day. And you have done the…

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Towns for the Levites

Towns for the Levites – Joshua 21:1-45 Chapter 21 v1 The leaders of the *Levite families came to speak to Joshua. They came with the leaders of all the other *tribes. v2 They met at Shiloh in *Canaan. ‘The *Lord told Moses that you must give towns to us to live in’, the *Levites said. ‘And we must have land where we can feed our animals.’ v3 So the *Israelites did as the *Lord had told them. The *Israelites gave towns to the *Levites. And the *Israelites provided land for…

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Cities of refuge

Cities of refuge – Joshua 20:1-9 Chapter 20 v1 Then the *Lord spoke to Joshua. v2 He said, ‘Tell the *Israelites to choose special cities. I told this to you by Moses. v3 Anyone can be safe in these cities if he has killed someone. But he will be safe only if he had not meant to kill that person. The person who killed a man or woman can escape to that city. There, that person will be safe. The brother of the dead person may not kill such a…

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Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem,Eltolad, Bethul and Hormah,Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah

Chapter 19 v1 The second lot showed that the next part of the land was for the tribe of Simeon. Joshua gave some of the land to their families that he had given to Judah. v2 It included: ·           Beersheba (or Sheba), Moladah, ·           v3 Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem, ·           v4 Eltolad, Bethul and Hormah, ·           v5 Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah, ·           v6 Beth Lebaoth and Sharuhen. These were 13 towns and their villages. v7 He also gave to them 4 more towns and their villages. These were ·          …

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All the Israelites met together at Shiloh

Chapter 18 v1 All the Israelites met together at Shiloh. There they erected the *Tent of Meeting. They now ruled all the land. v2 But Joshua still had not given to 7 *tribes a part of the land for themselves. v3 Joshua said to them, ‘The *Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you the land. You should not wait any longer before you take it.’ v4 Choose three men from each *tribe. I will send them to look at all the land. And they shall see what it…

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About Ephraim and Manasseh

About Ephraim and Manasseh Chapter 17 v1 Joshua gave part of the land west of the river Jordan to some families of the *tribe of Manasseh. Manasseh was Joseph’s oldest son. Manasseh’s oldest son was Makir, father of Gilead. The family fought very bravely, so Joshua gave them Gilead and Bashan, east of the Jordan. v2 Joshua gave land west of the Jordan to all the other families of Manasseh. These were: Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher and Shemida. They were all sons of Manasseh, and heads of their families.…

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Joshua gave some land east of Jericho to the tribes of Joseph

Chapter 16 v1 Joshua gave some land east of Jericho to the tribes of Joseph. Their land started at the Jordan and went through the desert. Then it went into the hills of Bethel. v2 The edge of their land went from Bethel (that is, Luz) to the land of the Arkites. The land of the Arkites was in Ataroth. v3 Their land continued towards the west, to the Japhletites’ land, which was by lower Beth Horon. It ended near the sea, by Gezer. v4 Joshua gave this land to…

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Joshua gave land to the tribe of Judah

Chapter 15 v1 Joshua gave land to the tribe of Judah. And he divided it between the various families. This land was between Edom and the Desert of Zin. The desert was at the south of the land. v2 Judah’s land began at the south end of the Salt Sea. v3 It crossed the south side of Scorpion valley, to Zin. Joshua also gave land to them south of Kadesh Barnea, as far as Hebron. The edge of their land continued past Addar. Then it went round to Karka v4…

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Joshua divides the rest of the land

Joshua divides the rest of the land – Joshua 14:1-19:51 Chapter 14 v1 Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders of the families of *Israel divided the land. They chose different parts of the land for each *tribe. This is how they did it. v2 They used *lots to decide how God wanted them to divide the land. Each of the 9 and a half *tribes that remained would receive their land. This is what the *Lord had told Moses to do. v3 Moses had already given…

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The land that Israel had not yet taken

3. The extent of the blessing The land that Israel had not yet taken – Joshua 13:1-7 Chapter 13 v1 Joshua was very old and he had lived for many years. The *Lord said to him, ‘You are old. There is still a lot of land that you have not taken. This is the land that *Israel still has to take. v2 There is all the land of the Philistines and Geshurites v3 and of the Avvim on the south. (The *Canaanites had the land from the Shihor river east…

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A list of all the kings that the Israelites defeated

A list of all the kings that the Israelites defeated – Joshua 12:1-24 Chapter 12 The kings that Moses defeated v1 *Israel killed the kings in the list below. *Israel killed them and *Israel took their land. This land was east of the Jordan, between the Arnon valley and Hermon mountain. All of it was on the east side of the Arabah. v2 Sihon, king of the Amorites, was king of Heshbon. He ruled ·           from Aroer to the Jabbok river. Aroer was by the middle of the Arnon valley.…

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The Israelites defeat the towns in the north of the country

The Israelites defeat the towns in the north of the country – Joshua 11:1-23 Chapter 11 v1 Jabin, king of Hazor, heard what had happened. So, he sent *messengers to Jobab, king of Madon. He also sent *messengers to the kings of Shimron and Acshaph. v2 And he sent *messengers to other kings. Some lived in the northern mountains and some lived in the Arabah. The Arabah was south of Kinnereth. Other kings lived in the west. They lived in the little hills and in Naphoth Dor. v3*Messengers also went…

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The Israelites defeat the Amorites

The Israelites defeat the Amorites – Joshua 10:1-28 Chapter 10 v1 The king of Jerusalem, Adoni-Zedek, heard what Joshua had done to the people of Ai and Jericho and their kings. He heard that Joshua had killed them. He also heard that *Israel had promised not to kill the people from Gibeon. They lived near to the *Israelites. v2 The king and his people were very afraid, because Gibeon was an important city. It was like a king’s city and bigger than Ai. All its men fought well. v3 So…

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The Israelites become friends with their enemies from Gibeon

The Israelites become friends with their enemies from Gibeon – Joshua 9:1-27 Chapter 9 v1 The kings who lived west of the Jordan heard about these things. They lived in the hills and everywhere near the Great Sea, as far as Lebanon. (They were the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, *Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.) When they heard about these things, they joined together. v2 They joined together to fight Joshua and *Israel. v3 The people from Gibeon were called Gibeonites. They heard about what Joshua had done to Jericho…

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Joshua reads God’s law to the people

Chapter 8 v1 Then the *Lord spoke again. ‘Do not be afraid. Do not think that you are weak’, he said to Joshua. ‘Take the whole army with you and go to attack Ai. I will give the king, all his people, the city and its land to you. v2 You must destroy the city and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. But this time you may take their good things and all their animals for yourselves. Hide some of your men behind the city.’ v3…

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Defeat then victory at Ai

Defeat then victory at Ai – Joshua 7:1-8:29 Chapter 7 v1 The Israelites did not do as God had told them by Joshua. Achan was the son of Carmi. (Carmi was the son of Zimri. Zimri was the son of Zerah. He belonged to the *tribe of Judah.) Achan did not obey God. He took some of the things that belonged to God. So God was very angry with the *Israelites. Verse 1 This verse is a link between the previous chapter and chapter 7. Achan had kept some of…

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The people in Jericho kept their gates shut

Chapter 6 v1 The people in Jericho kept their gates shut. They watched to be sure that the *Israelites did not get in. No one could go in or out of the city. v2 ‘I will give Jericho to you’, the *Lord said to Joshua. ‘I will give its king and all its brave soldiers to you. v3 You and all your soldiers must march round the city once each day, for 6 days. v4 7 priests will walk in front of the *ark. They will carry *trumpets as they…

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Circumcision and Passover

Circumcision and Passover – Joshua 5:1-12 Chapter 5 v1 All the *Amorite kings west of the Jordan, and all the *Canaanite kings heard what the *Lord had done. They heard that he had dried up the Jordan. And the *Lord had kept it dry until all the *Israelites had crossed to the other side. Then the kings became very afraid, and they felt too weak to fight against the *Israelites. Verse 1 The *Israelites were now in the *promised land. The people in *Canaan were afraid. They were afraid because…

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Lord spoke to Joshua

Chapter 4 v1 When all the *Israelites had crossed the Jordan, the Lord spoke to Joshua. v2 ‘Choose 12 men from the people. Choose one from each *tribe’, he said. v3 ‘Tell them to take up 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan. Take them from where the priests are standing. Carry the stones over with you. Put them down where you stay tonight.’ v4 So Joshua called the 12 men that he had chosen. There was one from each *Israelite *tribe. v5 He said to them, ‘Go back…

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The people cross the river Jordan

The people cross the river Jordan – Joshua 3:1-5:1 Chapter 3 v1 Early in the morning, Joshua and all the *Israelites left the city of Shittim. They put their tents by the river Jordan. Then they waited to cross the river. v2 Three days later, their leaders went to every tent.v3 ‘You will see the priests as they carry the *ark of God’s promise’, they said to the people. ‘Then you must follow them. v4 They will show you the way to go because you have never been here before.…

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Joshua sends two men to look over the land

Joshua sends two men to look over the land – Joshua 2:1-24 Chapter 2 v1 Then Joshua sent out two men from Shittim. He sent them in secret to see what the land was like. ‘Go’, he said, ‘Look at all the country. Look well at the city called Jericho.’ When they came to the city, they went into the house of Rahab. Rahab was a *prostitute. Verse 1 shows us how clever Joshua was as a soldier. It also shows us his trust in God. The best way to…

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Lessons from the Book of Joshua

About this book 1 Lessons from the Book of Joshua The Book of Joshua has many lessons for us. It teaches us to accept the good things that God provides for us. The *Israelites had been slaves in Egypt. God had set them free with the help of Moses. At first, they did not trust that God had done the right thing. Most of them died in the desert because they did not believe. Only Joshua and Caleb believed. ‘The *Israelites had walked about in the desert for 40 years.…

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