the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son
of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of
2And Joshua sent men from Jericho
to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men
went up and viewed Ai.
3And they returned
to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and
make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.
4So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
5And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty
and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the
hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders
of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
Joshua said, Alas, O LORD God, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of
the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!
8O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
9For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants
of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto
thy great name?
10And the LORD said unto Joshua,
Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed
thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
12Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned
their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed
from among you.
13Up, sanctify the people,
and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst
of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.
14In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it
shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD
shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.
15And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt
with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly
16So Joshua rose up early in the
morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:
17And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family
of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken:
he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah,
19And Joshua said unto Achan, My
son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done;
hide it not from me.
20And Achan answered
Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
21When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels
of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the
earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
23And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua,
and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.
24And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment,
and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all
that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.
Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned
them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.
they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore
the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.