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O. T. Commentary - Joshua 9: 16-27 (Joshua 9:16-27)

John E. Ceselsky, 11/26/2017
Part of the Old Testament Commentary series, presented at a Sunday Morning service

Today's Old Testament Commentary is from Joshua 9: 16-27

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Joshua 9:16-27

16And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them. 17And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath-jearim. 18And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes. 19But all the princes said unto all the congregation, We have sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel: now therefore we may not touch them. 20This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them. 21And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them. 22And Joshua called for them, and he spake unto them, saying, Wherefore have ye beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you; when ye dwell among us? 23Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God. 24And they answered Joshua, and said, Because it was certainly told thy servants, how that the LORD thy God commanded his servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you, therefore we were sore afraid of our lives because of you, and have done this thing. 25And now, behold, we are in thine hand: as it seemeth good and right unto thee to do unto us, do. 26And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not. 27And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose. (KJV)

John E. Ceselsky
About John E. Ceselsky: John is a native of Baltimore who came to faith in Christ at the age of 23. Following his conversion, John received a B.A. in History from the University of Baltimore in January 1994. From there John felt led to attend seminary, where he attained a Masters of Divinity degree from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in May 1998. Following graduation, John received a call to serve as the assistant to the pastor, at his home church, here at Aisquith. John served in that capacity until he was ordained by the Potomac Presbytery in a service held at Aisquith on February 27, 2000. He has continued to serve as the Assistant Pastor of Aisquith from that time.
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