||quibus auditis cuncti reges trans Iordanem qui versabantur in montanis et in campestribus in maritimis ac litore maris Magni hii quoque qui habitabant iuxta Libanum Hettheus et Amorreus et Chananeus Ferezeus et Eveus et Iebuseus
Now when these things were heard of, all the kings beyond the Jordan, that dwelt in the mountains, and in the plains, in the places near the sea, and on the coasts of the great sea, they also that dwell by Libanus, the Hethite, and the Amorrhite, the Chanaanite, the Pherezite, and the Hevite, and the Jebusite,
||congregati sunt pariter ut pugnarent contra Iosue et Israhel uno animo eademque sententia
Gathered themselves together, to fight against Josue and Israel with one mind, and one resolution.
||at hii qui habitabant in Gabaon audientes cuncta quae fecerat Iosue Hiericho et Ahi
But they that dwelt in Gabaon, hearing all that Josue had done to Jericho and Hai:
||et callide cogitantes tulerunt sibi cibaria saccos veteres asinis inponentes et utres vinarios scissos atque consutos
Cunningly devising took for themselves provisions, laying old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles rent and sewed up again,
||calciamentaque perantiqua quae ad indicium vetustatis pittaciis consuta erant induti veteribus vestimentis panes quoque quos portabant ob viaticum duri erant et in frusta comminuti
And very old shoes, which for a show of age were clouted with patches, and old garments upon them: the loaves also, which they carried for provisions by the way, were hard, and broken into pieces:
||perrexeruntque ad Iosue qui tunc morabatur in castris Galgalae et dixerunt ei atque omni simul Israheli de terra longinqua venimus pacem vobiscum facere cupientes responderuntque viri Israhel ad eos atque dixerunt
And they went to Josue, who then abode in the camp at Galgal, and said to him, and to all Israel with him: We are come from a far country, desiring to make peace with you. And the children of Israel answered them, and said:
||ne forsitan in terra quae nobis sorte debetur habitetis et non possimus foedus inire vobiscum
Perhaps you dwell in the land which falls to our lot; if so, we can make no league with you.
||at illi ad Iosue servi inquiunt tui sumus quibus Iosue quinam ait estis et unde venistis
But they said to Josue: We are thy servants. Josue said to them: Who are you? and whence came you?
||responderunt de terra longinqua valde venerunt servi tui in nomine Domini Dei tui audivimus enim famam potentiae eius cuncta quae fecit in Aegypto
They answered: From a very far country thy servants are come in the name of the Lord thy God. For we have heard the fame of his power, all the things that he did in Egypt.
||et duobus Amorreorum regibus trans Iordanem Seon regi Esebon et Og regi Basan qui erat in Astharoth
And to the two kings of the Amorrhites, that were beyond the Jordan, Sehon, king of Hesebon, and Og, king of Basan, that was in Astaroth:
||dixeruntque nobis seniores et omnes habitatores terrae nostrae tollite in manibus cibaria ob longissimam viam et occurrite eis ac dicite servi vestri sumus foedus inite nobiscum
And our ancients, and all the inhabitants of our country, said to us: Take with you victuals for a long way, and go meet them, and say: We are your servants, make ye a league with us.
||en panes quando egressi sumus de domibus nostris ut veniremus ad vos calidos sumpsimus nunc sicci facti sunt et vetustate nimia comminuti
Behold, these loaves we took hot, when we set out from our houses to come to you, now they are become dry, and broken in pieces by being exceeding old.
||utres vini novos implevimus nunc rupti sunt et soluti vestes et calciamenta quibus induimur et quae habemus in pedibus ob longitudinem largioris viae trita sunt et paene consumpta
These bottles of wine when we filled them were new, now they are rent and burst. These garments we have on, and the shoes we have on our feet, by reason of the very long journey, are worn out, and almost consumed.
||susceperunt igitur de cibariis eorum et os Domini non interrogaverunt
They took therefore of their victuals, and consulted not the mouth of the Lord.
||fecitque Iosue cum eis pacem et inito foedere pollicitus est quod non occiderentur principes quoque multitudinis iuraverunt eis
And Josue made peace with them, and entering into a league, promised that they should not be slain: the princes also of the multitude swore to them.
||post dies autem tres initi foederis audierunt quod in vicino habitarent et inter eos futuri essent
Now three days after the league was made, they heard that they dwelt nigh, and they should be among them.
||moveruntque castra filii Israhel et venerunt in civitates eorum die tertio quarum haec vocabula sunt Gabaon et Caphira et Beroth et Cariathiarim
And the children of Israel removed the camp, and came into their cities on the third day, the names of which are, Gabaon, and Caphira, and Beroth, and Cariathiarim.
||et non percusserunt eos eo quod iurassent eis principes multitudinis in nomine Domini Dei Israhel murmuravit itaque omne vulgus contra principes
And they slew them not, because the princes of the multitude had sworn in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. Then all the common people murmured against the princes.
||qui responderunt eis iuravimus illis in nomine Domini Dei Israhel et idcirco non possumus eos contingere
And they answered them: We have sworn to them in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, and therefore we may not touch them.
||sed hoc faciemus eis reserventur quidem ut vivant ne contra nos ira Domini concitetur si peieraverimus
But this we will do to them: Let their lives be saved, lest the wrath of the Lord be stirred up against us, if we should be forsworn:
||sed sic vivant ut in usus universae multitudinis ligna caedant aquasque conportent quibus haec loquentibus
But so let them live, as to serve the whole multitude in hewing wood, and bringing in water. As they were speaking these things,
||vocavit Gabaonitas Iosue et dixit eis cur nos decipere fraude voluistis ut diceretis procul valde habitamus a vobis cum in medio nostri sitis
Josue called the Gabaonites, and said to them: Why would you impose upon us, saying: We dwell very far off from you, whereas you are in the midst of us?
||itaque sub maledictione eritis et non deficiet de stirpe vestra ligna caedens aquasque conportans in domum Dei mei
Therefore you shall be under a curse, and your race shall always be hewers of wood, and carriers of water, into the house of my God.
||qui responderunt nuntiatum est nobis servis tuis quae promisisset Dominus Deus tuus Mosi servo suo ut traderet vobis omnem terram et disperderet cunctos habitatores eius timuimus igitur valde et providimus animabus nostris vestro terrore conpulsi et hoc consilium inivimus
They answered: It was told us, thy servants, that the Lord thy God had promised his servant Moses, to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants thereof. Therefore we feared exceedingly and provided for our lives, compelled by the dread we had of you, and we took this counsel.
||nunc autem in manu tua sumus quod tibi bonum et rectum videtur fac nobis
And now we are in thy hand: deal with us as it seemeth good and right unto thee.
||fecit ergo Iosue ut dixerat et liberavit eos de manibus filiorum Israhel ut non occiderentur
So Josue did as he had said, and delivered them from the hand of the children of Israel, that they should not be slain.
||decrevitque in illo die esse eos in ministerium cuncti populi et altaris Domini caedentes ligna et aquas conportantes usque in praesens tempus in loco quem Dominus elegisset
And he gave orders in that day, that they should be in the service of all the people, and of the altar of the Lord, hewing wood, and carrying water, until this present time, in the place which the Lord hath chosen.