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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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Gaber ; the twentieth. Cades. In the third year their first resting-place was Mount Hor; the second, Salmana ; the third. Phenon ; the fourth, Oboth ; the fifth, Jeabarim ; the sixth, Gibon Gad ; the seventh, Hemon ; the eighth, Blataim ; the ninth, Abarim ; the tenth, the plains of Moab.8 CH . XIII.—Joshua succeeds Moses—The story of Achan—Ofthe Gibeonites—Jericho and Ai are taken—The sun and moon are stopped in their course. AETXB Moses died, Joshua, the son of Nun, succeeded him in the leadership of the people of Israel, at the command of God ; and he, having sent spies to Jericho, Sethim, after seven days, crossed over Jordan with all the people with dry feet. He brought twelve stones out of the bed of the river on to the dry land, and also a second set of twelve out of the bed of the river on to the dry land ;9 and he renewed the people by a second circumcision in Gilgal. He compassed the city of Jericho for seven days, the priests clanging with trumpets, and on the seventh day he destroyed it. He stoned Achan, who had stolen a wedge of gold and a purple garment from the offerings, because the Lord, being angry thereat, had slain thirty-six men before Ai. He took the city of Ai by ambush, and burnt it, and received the Gibeonites as slaves to hew wood and draw water. He slew five kings who had besieged Gibeon, having lengthened the space of day, the sun and moon standing still ; he also slew twenty-four kings who were with Jabin. Having built an altar on Ebal, he ordered blessings and curses to be proclaimed, and divided the land, giving it to some by concession, to others by tradition. He dismissed two tribes and a half, which, on their return after fourteen years, had built an altar1 by the borders of Jordan ; and he wrote in a book an account of his covenant with the people about worshipping God, which was entered into with the effusion of water.2 s These wanderings of the Israelites are recorded Numb. zi. xii. xx. xxi. But the greater part of the names given here differ from those in the Bible. • This is a mistake ; the second set of stones were " set up in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood." (Josh. iv. 9.) 1 See Josh. xxii. 10. 2 See Josh. xxiv. 14, 26.


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