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።

New International Reader’s Version

Joshua 8:1-35

Israel Destroys Ai

1Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. Go up and attack Ai. Take the whole army with you. I have handed the king of Ai over to you. I have given you his people, his city and his land. 2Remember what you did to Jericho and its king. You will do the same thing to Ai and its king. But this time you can keep for yourselves the livestock and everything else you take from them. Have some of your fighting men hide behind the city and take them by surprise.”

3So Joshua and the whole army moved out to attack Ai. He chose 30,000 of his best fighting men. He sent them out at night. 4He gave them orders. He said, “Listen carefully to what I’m saying. You must hide behind the city. Don’t go very far away from it. All of you must be ready to attack it. 5I and all those with me will march up to the city. The men of Ai will come out to fight against us, just as they did before. Then we’ll run away from them. 6They’ll chase us until we’ve drawn them away from the city. They’ll say, ‘They are running away from us, just as they did before.’ When we run away from them, 7come out of your hiding place. Capture the city. The Lord your God will hand it over to you. 8When you have taken it, set it on fire. Do what the Lord has commanded. Make sure you obey my orders.”

9Then Joshua sent them away. They went to the place where they had planned to hide. They hid in a place west of Ai. It was between Bethel and Ai. But Joshua spent that night with his troops.

10Early the next morning Joshua brought together his army. He and the leaders of Israel marched in front of them to Ai. 11The whole army that was with him marched up to the city. They stopped in front of it. They set up camp north of Ai. There was a valley between them and the city. 12Joshua had chosen about 5,000 soldiers. He had ordered them to hide in a place west of Ai. It was between Bethel and Ai. 13The men took up their battle positions. All the men in the camp north of the city took up their positions. So did those who were supposed to hide west of the city. That night Joshua went into the valley.

14The king of Ai saw what the troops with Joshua were doing. So the king and all his men hurried out of the city early in the morning. They marched out to meet Israel in battle. They went to a place that looked out over the Arabah Valley. The king didn’t know that some of Israel’s fighting men were hiding behind the city. 15Joshua and all his men let the men of Ai drive them back. The Israelites ran away toward the desert. 16All the men of Ai were called out to chase them. They chased Joshua. So they were drawn away from the city. 17Not even one man remained in Ai or Bethel. All of them went out to chase Israel. When they did, they left the city wide open.

18Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Hold out toward Ai the javelin that is in your hand. I will give the city to you.” So Joshua held out toward the city the javelin in his hand. 19As soon as he did, the men hiding behind the city got up quickly. They came out of their hiding places and rushed forward. They entered the city and captured it. They quickly set it on fire.

20The men of Ai looked back. They saw smoke rising up from the city into the sky. But they couldn’t escape in any direction. The Israelites had been running away toward the desert. But now they turned around to face those chasing them. 21Joshua and all his men saw that the men who had been hiding behind the city had captured it. They also saw that smoke was going up from it. So they turned around and attacked the men of Ai. 22The men who had set Ai on fire came out of the city. They also fought against the men of Ai. So the men of Ai were caught in the middle. The army of Israel was on both sides of them. Israel struck them down. They didn’t let anyone remain alive or get away. 23But they captured the king of Ai alive. They brought him to Joshua.

24Israel finished killing all the men of Ai. They destroyed them in the fields and in the desert where they had chased them. They struck down every one of them with their swords. Then all the Israelites returned to Ai. And they killed those who were left in it. 25The total number of men and women they killed that day was 12,000. The Israelites put to death all the people of Ai. 26Joshua continued to hold out his javelin toward Ai. He didn’t lower his hand until he and his men had totally destroyed everyone who lived there. 27But this time Israel kept for themselves the livestock and everything else they had taken from the city. The Lord had directed Joshua to let them do it.

28So Joshua burned down Ai. He tore it down so it could never be built again. It has been deserted to this very day. 29Joshua killed the king of Ai. He stuck a pole through the body. Then he set it up where people could see it. He left it there until evening. At sunset, Joshua ordered his men to remove the body from the pole. He told them to throw the body down at the entrance of the city gate. They put a large pile of rocks over the body. That pile is still there to this day.

Joshua Reads the Book of the Law to the People

30Joshua built an altar to honor the Lord, the God of Israel. He built it on Mount Ebal. 31Moses, the servant of the Lord, had commanded the Israelites to do that. Joshua built the altar according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses. Joshua built the altar out of stones that iron tools had never touched. Then the people offered on the altar burnt offerings to the Lord. They also sacrificed friendship offerings on it. 32Joshua copied the law of Moses on stones. He did it while all the Israelites were watching. 33They were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the Lord. All the Israelites, including outsiders and citizens, were there. Israel’s elders, officials and judges were also there. All of them faced the priests, who were Levites. They were carrying the ark. Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim. The other half stood in front of Mount Ebal. Moses, the servant of the Lord, had earlier told them to do it. Moses told them to do it when he had given directions to bless the Israelites.

34Then Joshua read all the words of the law out loud. He read the blessings and the curses. He read them just as they are written in the Book of the Law. 35Joshua read every word Moses had commanded. He read them to the whole community of Israel. That included the women and children. It also included the outsiders living among them.