New Amharic Standard Version

ኢያሱ 8:1-35

የጋይ ከተማ ተደመሰሰ

1ከዚያም እግዚአብሔር ኢያሱን እንዲህ አለው፤ “አትፍራ፤ አትደንግጥ፤ ሰራዊቱን ሁሉ ይዘህ በመውጣት ጋይን ውጋ፤ የጋይን ንጉሥ፣ ሕዝቡን፣ ከተማውንና ምድሩን አሳልፌ በእጅህ ሰጥቼሃለሁና። 2በኢያሪኮና በንጉሥዋ ላይ ያደረግኸውንም ሁሉ፣ በጋይና በንጉሥዋ ላይ ትደግመዋለህ፤ በዚህ ጊዜ ግን ምርኮውንና ከብቱን ለራሳችሁ ታደርጉታላችሁ፤ ታዲያ ከከተማዪቱ በስተ ጀርባ የደፈጣ ጦር አዘጋጅ።”

3ስለዚህ ኢያሱና ሰራዊቱ በሙሉ ጋይን ለመውጋት ወጡ፤ ኢያሱም ምርጥ ከሆኑት ተዋጊዎቹ ሠላሳ ሺህ ጦር አዘጋጅቶ በሌሊት ላካቸው፤ 4እንዲህ የሚል ትእዛዝም ሰጣቸው፤ “እነሆ፤ ከከተማዪቱ በስተ ጀርባ ታደፍጣላችሁ፤ ከከተማዪቱ አትራቁ፤ ሁላችሁም ነቅታችሁ ተጠባበቁ፤ 5እኔና አብረውኝ ያሉት ሁሉ ወደ ከተማዪቱ እንጠጋለን፤ ሰዎቹ ከዚህ በፊት እንዳደረጉት ሊወጉን ወደኛ ሲመጡ፤ እኛ ደግሞ እንሸሻለን፤ 6እነርሱም፣ ‘ከዚህ ቀደም እንዳደረጉት አሁንም ከእኛ በመሸሽ ላይ ናቸው’ በማለት ከከተማዪቱ እስክና ርቃቸው ድረስ ይከታተሉናል፤ በዚህ ሁኔታ እኛም እንሸሻለን፣ 7እናንተም ከተደበቃችሁበት ትወጡና ከተማዪቱን ትይዛላችሁ፤ አምላካችሁ እግዚአብሔር ከተማዪቱን በእጃችሁ አሳልፎ ይሰጣችኋልና። 8ከተማዪቱን ስትይዙም በእሳት አቃጥሏት፤ እግዚአብሔር ያዘዘውንም አድርጉ፤ እነሆ አዝዣችኋለሁ።”

9ከዚያም ኢያሱ ሰዎቹን ላካቸው፤ እነርሱም ሄደው ከጋይ በስተ ምዕራብ በቤቴልና በጋይ መካከል ባለው ቦታ አደፈጡ፤ ኢያሱ ግን እዚያው ከሕዝቡ ጋር ዐደረ።

10በማግስቱ ጧት ኢያሱ ማልዶ በመነሣት ወንዶቹን ሰበሰበ፤ እርሱና የእስራኤል አለቆችም ከፊት ሆነው እየመሯቸው ወደ ጋይ ወጡ፤ 11ከእርሱ ጋር የነበሩትም ተዋጊዎች በሙሉ ወጥተው ወደ ከተማዪቱ በመጠጋት ከፊት ለፊቷ ደረሱ፤ ከዚያም ከጋይ በስተ ሰሜን መካከል ካለው ሸለቆ ማዶ ሰፈሩ። 12ኢያሱ ቀደም ብሎ አምስት ሺህ ሰው ያህል በመውሰድ ከከተማዪቱ በስተ ምዕራብ፣ በቤቴልና በጋይ መካከል እንዲያደፍጡ አድርጎ ነበር። 13ከከተማዪቱ በስተ ሰሜን የነበሩትንም፣ ከከተማዪቱ በስተ ምዕራብ የሸመቁትንም ወታደሮች ሁሉ ስፍራ ስፍራቸውን እንዲይዙ አደረጋቸው፤ በዚያችም ሌሊት ኢያሱ ወደ ሸለቆው ሄደ።

14የጋይ ንጉሥ ይህን ባየ ጊዜ እርሱና የከተማዪቱ ወንዶች ሁሉ ማልደው በመገሥገሥ፣ እስራኤልን ለመውጋት ከዓረባ ፊት ለፊት ወደሚገኘው ስፍራ መጡ፤ ንጉሡ ግን ከከተማዪቱ በስተ ጀርባ ያደፈጠ ኀይል የሚጠባበቀው መሆኑን አያውቅም ነበር። 15ኢያሱና እስራኤል በሙሉ ድል የተመቱ መስለው በመታየት፣ ወደ ምድረ በዳው ሸሹ። 16የጋይ ሰዎች በሙሉ እንዲያሳድዷቸው ተጠሩ፤ ኢያሱንም አሳደዱት፤ በዚህ ሁኔታም የጋይ ሰዎች ከከተማዪቱ እንዲርቁ ተደረገ። 17እስራኤልን ለማሳደድ ከጋይና ከቤቴል ያልወጣ ወንድ አልነበረም፤ ከተማዪቱንም ከፍተው ትተው እስራኤልን ማሳደድ ያዙ።

18እግዚአብሔርም ኢያሱን፣ “ከተማዪቱን በእጅህ አሳልፌ እሰጥሃለሁ፣ የያዝኸውን ጦር ወደ ጋይ አነጣጥር” አለው፤ ኢያሱም ጦሩን ወደ ጋይ አነጣጠረ። 19ይህን እንዳደረገም ያደፈጡት ሰዎች ከተደበቁበት ስፍራ በፍጥነት ወጥተው ወደ ፊት ሮጡ፤ ገብተው ከተማዪቱን ያዟት፤ ወዲያውኑም በእሳት አቃጠሏት።

20የጋይ ሰዎች ወደ ኋላ ዞረው ሲመለከቱ የከተማዪቱ ጢስ ወደ ሰማይ ሲወጣ አዩ፤ ወደ ምድረ በዳ ይሸሹ የነበሩት እስራኤላውያን ፊታቸውን ስላዞሩባቸውም፣ በየትኛውም በኩል ማምለጫ መንገድ አልነበራቸውም። 21ኢያሱና እስራኤል ሁሉ ያደፈጠው ጦር ከተማዪቱን መያዙንና ጢሱ ወደ ላይ መውጣቱን ሲያዩ፣ ወደ ኋላ ተመልሰው በጋይ ሰዎች ላይ አደጋ ጣሉባቸው፤ 22ያደፈጡትም ሰዎች እንደዚሁ ከከተማዪቱ ወጥተው መጡባቸው፤ ስለዚህ እስራኤላውያን በዚያም በዚህም ስለ ከበቧቸው የጋይን ሰዎች ከመካከል አደረጓቸው፤ እስራኤላውያንም ሰዎቹን ፈጇቸው፤ አንድ እንኳ የተረፈ ወይም ያመለጠ አልነበረም፤ 23ነገር ግን የጋይን ንጉሥ ከነሕይወቱ ይዘው ወደ ኢያሱ አመጡት።

24እስራኤላውያን የጋይን ወንዶች ሁሉ ባሳደዷቸው ሜዳና ምደረ በዳ ከጨረሷቸውና እያንዳንዳቸውንም በሰይፍ ከፈጁ በኋላ፣ ወደ ከተማዪቱ ተመልሰው በዚያ ያገኙትን ሁሉ ገደሉ። 25በዚያች ዕለት የጋይ ሰዎች ሁሉ አለቁ፤ የወንዶቹና የሴቶቹም ብዛት ዐሥራ ሁለት ሺህ ነበር። 26ኢያሱ በጋይ የሚኖሩትን ሰዎች ሁሉ ፈጽሞ እስኪያጠፋቸው8፥26 የዕብራይስጡ ቃል አንድን ሰው ወይም ነገር ሙሉ በሙሉ በማጥፋት ለእግዚአብሔር መስጠት ማለት ነው። ድረስ ጦር ያነጣጠረባትን እጁን አላጠፈም ነበር። 27እስራኤላውያንም እግዚአብሔር ኢያሱን ባዘዘው መሠረት፣ በከተማዪቱ ያገኙትን እንስሳትና ምርኮ ብቻ ለራሳቸው አደረጉ።

28ስለዚህ ኢያሱ ጋይን አቃጠላት፣ እስከ ዛሬ እንደሚታየውም ለዘላለም የዐመድ ቊልልና ባድማ አደረጋት። 29የጋይንም ንጉሥ በዛፍ ላይ ሰቀለው፤ ሬሳውንም እስኪመሽ ድረስ እዚያው እንዳለ ተወው፤ ፀሓይ ስትጠልቅም፣ ኢያሱ ሬሳውን እንዲያወርዱትና በከተማው በር ላይ እንዲጥሉት አዘዘ፤ የትልልቅ ድንጋይ ቊልልም ከመሩበት፤ ይህም እስከ ዛሬ ድረስ እዚያው ይገኛል።

ቃል ኪዳኑ በጌባል ተራራ ታደሰ

30ከዚያም ኢያሱ በጌባል ተራራ ላይ ለእስራኤል አምላክ ለእግዚአብሔር መሠዊያን ሠራ። 31መሠዊያዉንም የሠራው የእግዚአብሔር ባሪያ ሙሴ፣ እስራኤላውያንን ባዘዛቸው መሠረት ሲሆን፣ ይህንም የሠራው በሙሴ የሕግ መጽሐፍ እንደ ተጻፈው ባልተጠረበና የብረት መሣሪያ ባልነካው ድንጋይ ነው፤ በዚህም ላይ የሚቃጠል መሥዋዕት አቀረቡ፤ የኅብረት መሥዋዕትም8፥31 በትውፊት የሰላም መሥዋዕት ይባላል። ሠው። 32ኢያሱም ሙሴ የጻፈውን የሕግ መጽሐፍ እስራኤላውያን እያዩ በድንጋዮች ላይ ቀረጸው። 33እስራኤል በሙሉ መጻተኛውም ሆነ ተወላጁ፣ ሽማግሌዎቻቸውም ሆኑ ሹማምታቸው እንዲሁም ዳኞቻቸው የእግዚአብሔርን የቃል ኪዳን ታቦት ወደ ተሸከሙት ሌዋውያን ካህናት ፊታቸውን አዙረው፣ በታቦቱ ግራና ቀኝ ቆመው ነበር። የእግዚአብሔር ባሪያ ሙሴ የእስራኤልን ሕዝብ እንዲባርኩ መመሪያ በሰጠ ጊዜ፣ አስቀድሞ ባዘዘው መሠረት፣ ግማሹ ሕዝብ በገሪዛን ተራራ፣ ግማሹ ደግሞ በጌባል ተራራ ፊት ለፊት ቆመ።

34ከዚህ በኋላ ኢያሱ፣ የሕጉን ቃላት በሙሉ ማለትም በረከቱንና መርገሙን ሁሉ፣ ልክ በሕጉ መጽሐፍ እንደ ተጻፈው አነበበ። 35ኢያሱ በመላው የእስራኤል ጉባኤ ፊት ሴቶች፣ ሕፃናትና በመካከላቸው የኖሩ መጻተኞች ባሉበት ያነበበው፣ አንድም ሳይቀር ሙሴ ያዘዘውን ቃል ሙሉ በሙሉ ነበር።

King James Version

Joshua 8:1-35

1And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land: 2And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.

3¶ So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night. 4And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready: 5And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them, 6(For they will come out after us) till we have drawn them from the city; for they will say, They flee before us, as at the first: therefore we will flee before them.8.6 drawn: Heb. pulled 7Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city: for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand. 8And it shall be, when ye have taken the city, that ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the LORD shall ye do. See, I have commanded you.

9¶ Joshua therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in ambush, and abode between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the people. 10And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. 11And all the people, even the people of war that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai: now there was a valley between them and Ai. 12And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of the city.8.12 of…: or, of Ai 13And when they had set the people, even all the host that was on the north of the city, and their liers in wait on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of the valley.8.13 liers…: Heb. lying in wait

14¶ And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city. 15And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness. 16And all the people that were in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city. 17And there was not a man left in Ai or Beth-el, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel. 18And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city. 19And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire. 20And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.8.20 power: Heb. hand 21And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of Ai. 22And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them remain or escape.

23And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua. 24And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword. 25And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. 26For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. 27Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua. 28And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day. 29And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.

30¶ Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, 31As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.

32¶ And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel. 33And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel. 34And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. 35There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.8.35 were…: Heb. walked