New Amharic Standard Version

ኢያሱ 7:1-26

የአካን ኀጢአት

1እስራኤላውያን ግን እርም የሆነውን ነገር7፥1 በዚህም ሆነ በቍጥር 11፡12፡13 እና 15 ላይ የዕብራይስጡ ቃል አንድን ሰው ወይም ነገር ሙሉ በሙሉ በማጥፋት ለእግዚአብሔር መስጠት ማለት ነው። ለራሳቸው በመውሰድ በደሉ፤ ይህም ከይሁዳ ነገድ የሆነው አካን የከርሚ ልጅ፣ የዘንበሪ7፥1 1ዜና 2፥6 እና የሰብዓ ሊቃናት ትርጉም ይመ፤ በዚህም ሆነ በቍጥር 17 እና 18 ላይ ዕብራይስጡ “ዘብዴ” ይላል። ልጅ፣ የዛራ ልጅ እርም ከሆነው ነገር ስለ ወሰደ የእግዚአብሔር ቊጣ በእስራኤል ልጆች ላይ ነደደ።

2ኢያሱ ከቤቴል በስተ ምሥራቅ ካለችው ከቤት አዌን አጠገብ ወደምትገኘው ወደ ጋይ ከኢያሪኮ ሰዎችን ልኮ፣ “ወደዚያ ውጡ፤ አገሪቱንም ሰልሉ” አላቸው፤ ሰዎቹም ወጥተው ጋይን ሰለሉ።

3ወደ ኢያሱም ተመልሰው፣ “ጋይን ለመውጋት ሕዝቡ ሁሉ መሄድ አያስፈልገውም፤ በዚያ ያለው ሕዝብ ጥቂት ስለ ሆነ፣ ከተማዪቱን ለመውጋት ሁለት ወይም ሦስት ሺህ ሰው ስለሚበቃ ሕዝቡ ሁሉ ወደዚያ በመሄድ አይድከም” አሉት። 4ስለዚህ ሦስት ሺህ ያህል ሰው ወጣ፤ ከጋይም ሰዎች ፊት ሸሸ፤ 5የጋይም ሰዎች እስራኤላውያንንም ከከተማዪቱ ቅጥር በር ጀምሮ እስከ ሽባሪም7፥5 ወይም እስከ “ድንጋይ መፍለጫው” ተብሎ መተርጐም ይችላል። ድረስ በማባረር ቊልቊለቱ ላይ መቷቸው፤ ከእነርሱም ሠላሳ ስድስት ያህል ሰው ገደሉባቸው። ከዚህ የተነሣም የሕዝቡ ልብ ቀለጠ፤ እንደ ውሃም ፈሰሰ።

6በዚህ ጊዜ ኢያሱ ልብሱን ቀደደ፤ በእግዚአብሔርም ታቦት ፊት በግንባሩ ተደፋ፤ የእስራኤል ሽማግሌዎችም እንደዚሁ አደረጉ፤ በራሳቸውም ላይ ትቢያ ነሰነሱ። 7ኢያሱም እንዲህ አለ፤ “ወዮ! ልዑል እግዚአብሔር ሆይ፤ ዮርዳኖስን አሻግረህ ይህን ሕዝብ ወደዚህ ያመጣኸው ለአሞራውያን አሳልፈህ በመስጠት እንዲያጠፉን ነውን? ምነው ሳንሻገር እዚያው ማዶ በቀረን ኖሮ! 8ጌታ ሆይ፤ እስራኤል በጠላቱ ፊት ሲሸሽ እኔ ምን ልበል? 9ከነዓናውያንና ሌሎቹ የምድሪቱ ነዋሪዎች ሁሉ ይህን ሲሰሙ ይከቡናል፤ ስማችንንም ከምድር ገጽ ያጠፉታል፤ እንግዲህ ስለ ታላቁ ስምህ ስትል የምታደርገው ምንድን ነው?”

10እግዚአብሔር ኢያሱን እንዲህ አለው፤ “ተነሥ! ለምን በግንባርህ ተደፋህ? 11እስራኤል በድሎአል፤ እንዲጠብቁ ያዘዝኋቸውን ቃል ኪዳኔን ጥሰዋል፤ እርም የሆነውን ነገር ወስደዋል፤ ሰርቀዋል፤ ዋሽተዋል፤ የወሰዱትንም ከራሳቸው ንብረት ጋር ደባልቀዋል። 12እንግዲህ እስራኤላውያን ጠላቶቻቸውን ለመቋቋም ያልቻሉት በዚህ ምክንያት ነው። ጀርባቸውን አዙረው የሸሹትም ለጥፋት በመዳረጋቸው ነው። እርም የሆነውን ነገር ከመካከላችሁ ካላጠፋችሁ፣ ከዚህ በኋላ ከእናንተ ጋር አልሆንም።

13“ተነሣ፤ ሕዝቡን ቀድስ፤ እንዲህም በላቸው፤ ‘እስራኤል ሆይ፤ እርም የሆነ ነገር በመካከላችሁ ስላለ፣ ይህን ካላስወገዳችሁ ጠላቶቻችሁን ለመቋቋም እንደማትችሉ የእስራኤል አምላክ እግዚአብሔር ተናግሮአልና ለነገ ራሳችሁን ለማዘጋጀት ሰውነታችሁን ቀድሱ።

14“ ‘ማለዳ በየነገድ በየነገዳችሁ ሆናችሁ ቅረቡ፤ እግዚአብሔር የሚለየው ነገድ በየጐሣ በየጐሣው ሆኖ ከሕዝቡ መካከል ወደ ፊት ይወጣል፤ እንዲሁም እግዚአብሔር የሚለየው ጐሣ በየቤተ ሰቡ ሆኖ ወደ ፊት ይወጣል፤ እግዚአብሔር የሚለየው ቤተ ሰብ ደግሞ በግለሰብ በግለሰብ ሆኖ ወደ ፊት ይወጣል። 15እርሙ የተገኘበት ሰው፣ እርሱና ያለው ሁሉ በእሳት ይቃጠላል፤ የእግዚአብሔርን ቃል ኪዳን አፍርሶአል፤ በእስራኤልም ዘንድ አሳፋሪ ተግባር ፈጽሞአልና።”

16በማግሥቱ ጥዋት ኢያሱ ማልዶ ተነሣ፤ እስራኤልንም በየነገድ በየነገዳቸው ሆነው እንዲቀርቡ አደረገ፤ ከዚያም የይሁዳ ነገድ ተለየ፤ 17የይሁዳንም ጐሣዎች ወደ ፊት አቀረበ፤ ከእነዚህም የዛራን ጐሣ ለየ፤ እነዚህን ደግሞ በየቤተ ሰባቸው እንዲወጡ አደረገ፤ ከእነዚህም ዘንበሪ ተለየ። 18ኢያሱ የዘንበሪን ቤተ ሰብ አባላት አንድ በአንድ ወደ ፊት እንዲቀርቡ አደረገ፤ ከዚያም ከይሁዳ ነገድ የሆነውም የዛራ ልጅ፣ የዘንበሪ ልጅ፣ የከርሚ ልጅ አካን ለብቻው ተለየ።

19ኢያሱም አካንን፣ “ልጄ ሆይ፤ ለእስራኤል አምላክ ለእግዚአብሔር ክብርን ስጥ7፥19 እውነትን ለመናገር የሚደረግ መሐላ ነው።፤ ለእርሱም ተናዘዝ፤ ያደረግኸውን ሳትደብቅ ንገረኝ” አለው።

20አካንም መልሶ ኢያሱን እንዲህ አለው፤ “እውነት ነው! የእስራኤልን አምላክ እግዚአብሔርን በድያለሁ፤ ያደረግሁትም ይህ ነው፤ 21ከምርኮው ዕቃ መካከል ከሰናዖር7፥21 አንዳንድ ቅጂዎች “ባቢሎን” ይላሉ። የመጣ አንድ የሚያምር ካባ፣ ሁለት መቶ ሰቅል7፥21 2.3 ኪሎ ግራም ያህል ነው። ብርና7፥21 0.6 ኪሎ ግራም ያህል ነው። ክብደቱ አምሳ ሰቅል የሚሆን የወርቅ ቡችላ አይቼ ጐመጀሁ፤ ወሰድኋቸውም፤ ዕቃውም ብሩ ከታች ሆኖ፣ በድንኳኔ ውስጥ መሬት ተቀብሮአል።”

22በዚህ ጊዜ ኢያሱ መልእክተኞች ላከ፤ እነርሱም ወደ ድንኳኑ ሮጡ፤ በዚያም ብሩ ከታች ሆኖ ዕቃው እንደ ተቀበረ አገኙ። 23ከድንኳኑም አውጥተው፣ ኢያሱና እስራኤላውያን ሁሉ ወዳሉበት አምጥተው በእግዚአብሔር ፊት አኖሩ።

24ኢያሱም ከመላው እስራኤል ጋር ሆኖ፣ የዛራን ልጅ አካንን፣ ብሩን፣ ካባውን፣ የወርቁን ቡችላ፣ ወንዶችና ሴቶች ልጆቹን፣ የከብቱን መንጋ፣ አህዮቹንና በጎቹን እንዲሁም ድንኳኑንና የእርሱ የሆነውን ሁሉ ወደ አኮር ሸለቆ አስወሰደ። 25ኢያሱም፣ “እንዲህ ያለውን መከራ ለምን አመጣብህን? እነሆ፤ ዛሬ በአንተም ላይ እግዚአብሔር መከራ ያመጣብሃል” አለው።

ከዚያም እስራኤል በሙሉ በድንጋይ ወገሩት፤ የቀሩትንም እንደዚሁ ከወገሩ በኋላ በእሳት አቃጠሏቸው። 26በአካንም ላይ እስከ ዛሬ ድረስ የሚታየውን ታላቅ የድንጋይ ቊልል ከመሩበት፤ ከዚያም እግዚአብሔር ከአስፈሪ ቊጣው ተመለሰ፤ ስለዚህ ከዚያን ጊዜ ጀምሮ ያ ስፍራ የአኮር7፥26 አኮር” ማለት ችግር ወይም መከራ ማለት ነው። ሸለቆ ተባለ።

New International Reader’s Version

Joshua 7:1-26

Achan Sins Against the Lord

1But the Israelites weren’t faithful to the Lord. They didn’t destroy what had been set apart to him. So they did not do what they had been told to do. Achan had taken some of those things. So the Lord became very angry with Israel. Achan was the son of Karmi. Karmi was the son of Zimri. And Zimri was the son of Zerah. Achan and all his relatives were from the tribe of Judah.

2Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai. Ai is near Beth Aven east of Bethel. Joshua told the men, “Go up and check out the area around Ai.” So the men went up and checked it out.

3Then they returned to Joshua. They said, “The whole army doesn’t have to go up and attack Ai. Send only two or three thousand men. They can take the city. Don’t make the whole army go up there. Only a few people live in Ai.” 4So only about 3,000 troops went up. But the men of Ai drove them away. 5They chased the Israelites from the city gate all the way to Shebarim. They killed about 36 of them on the way down. So the Israelites were terrified.

6Joshua and the elders of Israel became sad. Joshua tore his clothes. He fell in front of the ark of the Lord with his face to the ground. He remained there until evening. The elders did the same thing. They also sprinkled dust on their heads. 7Joshua said, “Lord and King, why did you ever bring these people across the Jordan River? Did you want to hand us over to the Amorites? Did you want them to destroy us? I wish we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan! 8Lord, our enemies have driven us away. What can I say? 9The Canaanites will hear about it. So will everyone else in the country. They will surround us. They’ll erase any mention of our name from the face of the earth. Then what will you do when people don’t honor your great name anymore?”

10The Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! What are you doing down there on your face? 11Israel has sinned. I made a covenant with them. I commanded them to keep it. But they have broken it. They have taken some of the things that had been set apart to me in a special way to be destroyed. They have stolen. They have lied. They have taken the things they stole and have put them with their own things. 12That is why the Israelites can’t stand up against their enemies. They turn their backs and run. That’s because I have decided to let them be destroyed. You must destroy the things you took that had been set apart to me. If you do not, I will not be with you anymore.

13“Go and set the people apart. Tell them, ‘Make yourselves pure. Get ready for tomorrow. Here is what the Lord, the God of Israel, wants you to do. He says, “People of Israel, you have kept some of the things that had been set apart to me to be destroyed. You can’t stand up against your enemies until you get rid of those things.”

14“ ‘In the morning, come forward tribe by tribe. The tribe the Lord chooses will come forward group by group. The group the Lord chooses will come forward family by family. And the men in the family the Lord chooses will come forward one by one. 15Whoever is caught with the things that had been set apart to the Lord will be destroyed by fire. Everything that belongs to that person will also be destroyed. He has broken the Lord’s covenant. He has done a very terrible thing in Israel!’ ”

16Early the next morning Joshua had Israel come forward by tribes. The tribe of Judah was chosen. 17The groups of Judah came forward. The group of Zerah was chosen. Joshua had the group of Zerah come forward by families. The family of Zimri was chosen. 18He had their men come forward one by one. Achan was chosen. Achan was the son of Karmi. Karmi was the son of Zimri. And Zimri was the son of Zerah. Zerah was from the tribe of Judah.

19Joshua said to Achan, “My son, the Lord is the God of Israel. So give him glory and honor him by telling the truth! Tell me what you have done. Don’t hide it from me.”

20Achan replied, “It’s true! I’ve sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel. Here is what I’ve done. 21I saw a beautiful robe from Babylonia among the things we had taken. I saw five pounds of silver. And I saw a gold bar that weighed 20 ounces. I wanted them, so I took them. I hid them in the ground inside my tent. The silver is on the bottom.”

22So Joshua sent some messengers. They ran to Achan’s tent. And there was everything, hidden in his tent! The silver was on the bottom. 23They brought the things out of the tent. They took them to Joshua and all the Israelites. And they spread them out in the sight of the Lord.

24Then Joshua and all the people grabbed Achan, the son of Zerah. They took the silver, the robe and the gold bar. They took Achan’s sons and daughters. They took his cattle, donkeys and sheep. They also took his tent and everything he had. They carried all of it out to the Valley of Achor. 25Joshua said to Achan, “Why have you brought this trouble on us? The Lord will bring trouble on you today.”

Then all the people killed Achan by throwing stones at him. They also killed the rest of his family with stones. They burned all of them up. 26They placed a large pile of rocks on top of Achan’s body. The place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since. That pile is still there to this day. After the people killed Achan, the Lord was no longer angry with them.