But 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
And 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.
And 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.
So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled
before the men of Ai.
And 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.
And 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
And 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!
O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their
For 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
And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy
Israel 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.
Therefore 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.
Up, 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.
In 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.
And 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 in Israel.
So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the
tribe of Judah was taken:
And 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:
And 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, was taken.
And 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
And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of
Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
When 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
So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in
his tent, and the silver under it.
And 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.
And 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.
And 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.
And 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.