Preparation before the attack
The reaction of the kings of the Amorites and the Canaanites
Now when all the kings of the Amorites, who were beyond the Jordan westward, and all the kings of the 1Canaanites
, who were by the sea, heard that Jehovah had dried up the waters of the Jordan before the children of Israel until 2they
crossed over, their hearts amelted
, and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the children of Israel.
The circumcision of the new Israel
At that time Jehovah said to Joshua, Make knives of flint, and 1circumcise
again the children of Israel a second time.
And Joshua made knives of flint and circumcised the children of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth.
And this is the reason Joshua circumcised them: All the people who came out of Egypt who were males, all the men of war, died in the awilderness
on the way, after they had come out of Egypt.
Although all the people who came out were circumcised, all the people who were born in the wilderness on the way, after 1the
others had come out of Egypt, had not been circumcised.
For the children of Israel went for aforty
years through the wilderness until all the nation, the men of war who had come out of Egypt, were consumed, because they did not listen to the voice of Jehovah, they to whom Jehovah bswore
that they would not see the land that Jehovah had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with cmilk
And their children, whom He had raised up in place of them, these Joshua circumcised; for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them on the way.
And when they had finished circumcising the whole nation, they remained in their place at the camp until they recovered.
Then Jehovah said to Joshua, Today I have rolled away the areproach
of Egypt from off you. So the name of that place has been called 1Gilgal
to this day.
The keeping of the Passover
And the children of Israel camped in Gilgal; and they held the 1aPassover
on the bfourteenth
day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho.
The eating of the produce of the promised land
And on the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.
And the 1amanna
ceased on that day, when they ate of the produce of the land; and there was no longer manna for the children of Israel, but they ate of the yield of the land of Canaan that year.
The vision seen by Joshua
Now once, when Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked; and behold, there was a 1man
standing opposite him, and His asword
was drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, Are You for us or for our adversaries?
And He said, Neither, but as the aCaptain
of Jehovah’s army have I now come. Then Joshua fell to the ground upon his face and worshipped. And he said to Him, What does my Lord speak to His servant?
And the Captain of Jehovah’s army said to Joshua, aRemove
your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is bholy
. And Joshua did so.