The Hebrew people thought the promised land would be theirs just by reaching it. They were very wrong. Just as Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) forgot about the promise he made to Israel before sending him to Egypt of going with him:
46:3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
46:4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
He also forgot to save the land he promised them. Big was the frustration of the Hebrew people when they discovered that the land that had been promised to them was already taken, so frustrated that they were ready to kill Moses and Aaron before returning to Egypt. Nobody knows what else Moses told them besides pleading for Aaron and his lives, but whatever it was, worked. Instead of returning to Egypt, they wandered in the desert for forty years until they were ready to take by force what Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) could have easily saved for them.
As we all know, the general chosen by Moses to lead the Hebrew army was Joshua. He and his army had taken the cities west of the Jordan, and it was time to face the first city of the promised land, Jericho. The first thing he did was this:
2:1 And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.
Joshua sent out two spies to Jericho. Again, Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) did not know anything about the Hebrews’ enemy. He could kill innocent firstborns, but he could not spy. Maybe he should have commanded: Thou shalt not spy; instead of, Thou shalt not kill, because he could easily kill, but for some reason, he could not gather intelligence for his army.
That is another proof that no god was talking to Joshua. The Levites could not see what lied beyond the Jordan; therefore their god could not, either.
Anyhow, after getting the information he needed, Joshua and his army besieged the city for seven days and this is what happened:
6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
6:21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
6:22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.
6:23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.
6:24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.
6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
6:26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.
6:27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.
Tradition says that the priests blew the horns and the soldiers shouted to bring the walls of Jericho down. It also tells about a harlot, Rahab, who helped the spies.
Probably it was not the horns blowing and the soldiers shouting what allowed the Hebrews into the walled city of Jericho. Probably it was that whore who opened the gates from the inside, so that they could enter and slaughter the entire population, children and elders included. Yes. As shocking as it sounds, they annihilated everyone. Could the children of Israel, the children of Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) not be merciful? They could not because their god was not. He had commanded them to smite all living things in that city, and thanks to the whore they could do it:
6:17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD:
As I said before, killing Canaanite babies and children was OK with Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah). What he really abhorred was people disobeying him.
Read what happen to Achan for taking of the things Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) told them not to take:
7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
Can you see the real personality of Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah)? He is not as merciful, pious, benevolent, loving, forgiving and just as everybody wants to believe he is. What does a judge do to that accused of committing a crime? He or she sentences him/her, does he/she not? And his/her family is left alone. Well, the always just, Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah), not only punished Achan for his fault, but also the whole congregation! And you may say, well, Achan just stole some things, their punishment could not have been very serious. You are dead wrong. The punishment was the Death Penalty.
Read the next passages:
7:2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
7:3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.
7:4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
7:5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
7:6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
7:7 And Joshua said, Alas, O LORD God, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!
7:8 O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
7:9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?
7:10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
7:11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
7:12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.
Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) let the Amorites kill 36 Hebrews as a punishment for what Achan did. But none of them was Achan. They all were innocent. This is what happened to him:
7:15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.
Jealous (A.K.A Yahweh or Jehovah) commanded Achan to be burnt! (Now I know where the inquisition got the idea of burning people. The only difference being, they did not burn the sentenced one’s belonging with him/her. They kept them.) Fortunately for Achan, Joshua and his people first stoned him to death and then burnt him.
But what did he do, you may be wondering, to deserve such a cruel death? Did he kill babies and children? Yes, he did. But that was not why he was being sentenced to death for. He was being sentenced for stealing. Here are the things he stole:
7:20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
As you can see, in the eyes of Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) stealing is worse than killing.
Did Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) really do all these things? Of course not! Joshua, like Moses before him, was not receiving orders from a celestial being. He did what he had to do to control his soldiers. If he let Achan’s stealing go unpunished, the rest of the soldiers would do the same, and soon he would be leading, not an army, but a mob. He had to keep order in his ranks. He knew the Amorites in Ai were many and well trained, yet he sent only 3,000 soldiers to face them to teach the children of Israel a lesson. I am sure that after that loss, he told them, “See what happened when you disobey Jealous’ (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) orders? He abandons us and we lose. We need him on our side to be able to win. Don’t you ever do this again and we will always be the victor.”
When the original writers of the bible decided to incorporate these passages into their writings, they intended to teach their generation what Joshua had tried to teach to his; that they really needed Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) on their side to win. The problem was that in doing so, they were painting their god as a monster who killed babies, children and even his own innocent children.
The Levites’ other intention was to explain to their people why they sometimes lost. Probably, the young people were wondering the same thing I do. Maybe they were asking the current seer at the time, “How come, if Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) is so powerful that he can send plagues to Egypt; kill thousands of innocent firstborns; part the waters of the Red Sea or Reed Sea; get water from a rock; make manna fall from heaven; speak loudly in a cloud; write in stones; we still lose?” Then, the priest would have said, “We lose because our people choose to walk on a different path than Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) has chosen for us. When we do not do what he has commanded us to do, he gets angry at us and abandons us. And when he considers that we have suffered enough, he sends a messiah to save us from the tyranny he imposed on us.”
Let us continue now with Joshua and his conquering. After the debacle at Ai, he decided to take not 3,000 but 5,000 men with him to level the city. Let us read what the bible has to say about this:
8:12 And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city.
8:13 And 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.
8:14 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.
8:15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.
8:16 And 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.
8:17 And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.
8:18 And 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.
8:19 And 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.
8:20 And 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.
8:21 And 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.
8:22 And 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.
8:23 And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
8:24 And 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 thesword.
8:25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai.
8:26 For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.
Unlike the strategy used in Jericho, the tactics of war described in these passages are more mundane than divine. Why did they not blow the horns and shout to tear the walls down this time? Had Jealous (A.K.A Yahweh or Jehovah) lost his powers? Or could it be that after the first battle, the people in Ai were expecting them and all gates were locked? Or even better, could it be that there were no harlots in Ai to open the doors?
Whatever the reason, Joshua and his army, again, left no one alive. They killed 12,000 of them, babies, children, women, men and elders. It looks like they did not really know what mercy was. They were Hebrews on a mission, annihilating all human beings in “their land”.
But the land was vacant when the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, etc. first got there. Why did they have to pay with their own lives now? Why did Jealous (A.K.A Yahweh or Jehovah) not put a sign that read, “No trespassing; this is the land I promised to the children of Israel.” Or, if he knew they could not read, why did he not put some of the flaming swords he put around the tree of wisdom in Eden to prevent Adam and Eve form getting more fruit? That would have been infallible. It probably was because Jealous (A.K.A Yahweh or Jehovah) did not know which piece of land Moses was going to choose to be “the promised land”. Because have no doubt, it was Moses who chose the promised land, not Jealous (A.K.A Yahweh or Jehovah). If god had been the one to choose, he had chosen Egypt. It was much more fertile; his children already knew it; they would not have to wander for 40 years in the wilderness, and they would not have to shed anybody’s blood and theirs to get it. Jealous (A.K.A Yahweh or Jehovah), with all his powers, could have convinced the Egyptians to vacate the land for his children. Or if they did not want to leave on their own, he could have always made fire come from the sky, as he did in Sodom and Gomorrah, and exterminate all the Egyptians.
But then again, that could only be done if you were an almighty god. For a simple man like Moses, Egypt was not an option. Pharaoh had the mightiest army of his time. Moses knew that a Hebrew revolt would never prosper. He had to go out of the Egyptian empire and challenge people he could defeat, like the Canaanites.
Let us keep reading the take of the promised land. After Ai, they went to Gibeon:
9:17 And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjathjearim.
9:18 And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes.
9:27 And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, in the place which he should choose.
The congregation was blood thirsty, but the princes of Israel knew when to make allies. Besides, now that they were professional soldiers, they needed others to do the ordinary chores, like chopping wood or drawing water, because those activities were beyond Jealous’ (A.K.A Yahweh or Jehovah) powers.
What really surprises me is the following: in these passages, Joshua does not appear to be as sanguinary as he was with the others. He let them live. This would have been an excellent opportunity for the writers of the bible to show that their god was sometimes merciful. They should have written, “and the LORD sayeth into Joshua: let them live and serve you.” But on the contrary, the pentateuch says that Joshua took this decision on his own:
9:14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.
I am glad Joshua did not ask counsel at the mouth of Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) about this matter, because he would have told him, “KILL THEM ALL!”
After making this alliance, Joshua and his army went ahead to face the Amorites:
10:9 Joshua therefore came unto them suddenly, and went up from Gilgal all night.
10:10 And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way that goeth up to Bethhoron, and smote them to Azekah, and unto Makkedah.
10:11 And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them unto Azekah, and they died: they were more which died with hailstones than they whom the children of Israel slew with the sword.
10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.
10:15 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.
10:16 But these five kings fled, and hid themselves in a cave at Makkedah.
10:17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.
10:18 And Joshua said, Roll great stones upon the mouth of the cave, and set men by it for to keep them:
10:19 And stay ye not, but pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; suffer them not to enter into their cities: for the LORD your God hath delivered them into your hand.
10:20 And it came to pass, when Joshua and the children of Israel had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, that the rest which remained of them entered into fenced cities.
10:21 And all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of the children of Israel.
10:25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.
10:26 And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening.
10:28 And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain: and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did unto the king of Jericho.
Once again, Joshua became bloodthirsty, and once again it was because Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) told him to slaughter all of them; only this time Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) was not content with just telling Joshua to kill. He himself participated in the massacre. He had a big surprised in store for those who were fleeing, thinking that they had escaped the wrath of the Israelites. For his children, Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) made manna rain from the sky, but for his enemies he made a rain of rocks, big rocks that smashed them. This time; however, he showed some mercy. He spared those who entered into fenced cities. Or could it be that the Israeli soldiers could not get them there? I do not think those cities had a protecting shield against the rocks that were, allegedly, falling from the sky.
And the killing spree continued:
10:29 Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah:
10:30 And the LORD delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it; but did unto the king thereof as he did unto the king of Jericho.
Once more, Joshua leveled the city and smote all the living creatures. And the killing went on:
10:31 And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it:
10:32 And the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he had done to Libnah.
10:33 Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining.
I wonder how many of the children of Israel died in those battles. They way the writers of the bible put it, it looks like none:
10:34 And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him; and they encamped against it, and fought against it:
10:35 And they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish.
10:36 And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron; and they fought against it:
10:37 And they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but destroyed itutterly, and all the souls that were therein.
10:38 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought against it:
10:39 And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining: as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Libnah, and to her king.
10:40 So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded.
10:41 And Joshua smote them from Kadeshbarnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon.
10:42 And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel.
10:43 And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, unto the camp to Gilgal.
Joshua destroyed all that breathed, as the lord god of Israel commanded. To clear any doubts, in Joshua 10:40, Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) is the one telling Joshua to kill, kill, and kill:
11:1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph,
11:2 And to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west,
11:3 And to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh.
11:4 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.
11:5 And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.
11:6 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.
11:7 So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them.
11:8 And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and unto Misrephothmaim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them, until they left them none remaining.
11:9 And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire.
A multitude as big as the sand upon the sea shore; no matter how many kingdoms united against the children of Israel, they were always victorious. I can only imagine the rivers of blood the Hebrew soldiers were walking into. And the stench, it had to have lasted for months. All this blood; all these deaths did not move Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah). He kept telling Joshua, “Good job! Keep up the good work! Together we are invincible!”
All of this bloodshed reaffirms my theory that the sixth commandment originally read: Thou shall not kill thy neighbour. And not only: Thou shall not kill. Otherwise Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) would have never participated in the killings. Or maybe the rules were not meant for him, only for his children:
11:10 And Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms.
11:11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire.
The Hebrew people had turned from docile slaves into fierce warriors. Thanks to that ferocity, Joshua and the children of Israel took the land that had been “promised” to them.
11:23 So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said unto Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance unto Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war.
After conquering the land, Joshua had to distribute it among the nine and a half tribes, because two and a half had already gotten their inheritance.
Some years elapsed and Joshua was ready to meet his creator. He did not want to depart, though, without making sure that his people would follow the path laid by Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah):
24:2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods.
Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) himself acknowledges the existence of other gods. Notice that he does not say false gods. Why do Catholics and Christians keep saying that there is only one?
24:3 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed, and gave him Isaac.
24:4 And I gave unto Isaac Jacob and Esau: and I gave unto Esau mount Seir, to possess it; but Jacob and his children went down into Egypt.
He tells it as though they wanted to go down to Egypt. They went because, although Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) could make rocks fall from the sky, he could not to make rain fall, which is easier.
24:5 I sent Moses also and Aaron, and I plagued Egypt, according to that which I did among them: and afterward I brought you out.
If he did, he did it 430 years later, during which they had to withstand all kinds of mistreatments.
24:6 And I brought your fathers out of Egypt: and ye came unto the sea; and the Egyptians pursued after your fathers with chariots and horsemen unto the Red sea.
24:7 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.
24:8 And I brought you into the land of the Amorites, which dwelt on the other side Jordan; and they fought with you: and I gave them into your hand, that ye might possess their land; and I destroyed them from before you.
24:9 Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you:
24:10 But I would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand.
24:11 And you went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.
24:12 And I sent the hornet before you, which drave them out from before you, even the two kings of the Amorites; but not with thy sword, nor with thy bow.
Now Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) is telling them that they did not kill any enemies with their sword or with their arrows. He is telling them that he killed them by himself.
24:13 And I have given you a land for which ye did not labour, and cities which ye built not, and ye dwell in them; of the vineyards and oliveyards which ye planted not do ye eat.
It had to be hard for the children of Israel to be told that all of the suffering they went through while in the wilderness; all of the training; all of their deaths meant nothing, because all they had then, they owed it to Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah).
24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but afor me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
24:16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;
24:17 For the LORD our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed:
24:18 And the LORD drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which dwelt in the land: therefore will we also serve the LORD; for he is our God.
Here the people acknowledged all the deeds Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) performed for their sake.
24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.
24:20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, af ter that he hath done you good.
Joshua warns them about betraying Jealous (A.K.A. Yahweh or Jehovah) because he is jealous and will hurt them.
24:21 And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the LORD.
24:22 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the LORD, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.
24:23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.
24:24 And the people said unto Joshua, The LORD our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.
24:25 So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
24:29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
Joshua died, not before giving his people peace and prosperity.
The question still remains: was it really god who was telling Joshua to kill, kill and kill? No. A divine god would never do that. But men would. Joshua was not getting counsel from god; when he needed it, he got it from the Levites.
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