Joshua 9:20
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New International Version
This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that God's wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath we swore to them."

New Living Translation
This is what we must do. We must let them live, for divine anger would come upon us if we broke our oath.

English Standard Version
This we will do to them: let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath that we swore to them.”

New American Standard Bible
"This we will do to them, even let them live, so that wrath will not be upon us for the oath which we swore to them."

King James Bible
This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is how we will treat them: we will let them live, so that no wrath will fall on us because of the oath we swore to them."

International Standard Version
So this is what we'll do to them: we'll let them live, so that wrath won't come upon us because of the oath that we swore to them."

NET Bible
We must let them live so we can escape the curse attached to the oath we swore to them."

New Heart English Bible
This we will do to them, and let them live; lest wrath be on us, because of the oath which we swore to them."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We must let them live to avoid [the LORD's] anger because of the oath we swore."

JPS Tanakh 1917
This we will do to them, and let them live; lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we swore unto them.'

New American Standard 1977
“This we will do to them, even let them live, lest wrath be upon us for the oath which we swore to them.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
This we will do to them; we will let them live lest wrath come upon us because of the oath which we swore unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath come upon us, because of the oath which we swore to them.

American King James Version
This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be on us, because of the oath which we swore to them.

American Standard Version
This we will do to them, and let them live; lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But this we mill do to them: Let their lives be saved, lest the wrath of the Lord be stirred up against us, if we should be forsworn.

Darby Bible Translation
This we will do to them, and let them live, lest wrath come upon us, because of the oath which we swore unto them.

English Revised Version
This we will do to them, and let them live; lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
This we will do to them; we will even let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath which we swore to them.

World English Bible
This we will do to them, and let them live; lest wrath be on us, because of the oath which we swore to them."

Young's Literal Translation
this we do to them, and have kept them alive, and wrath is not upon us, because of the oath which we have sworn to them.'
Study Bible
The Deceit of the Gibeonites
19But all the leaders said to the whole congregation, "We have sworn to them by the LORD, the God of Israel, and now we cannot touch them. 20"This we will do to them, even let them live, so that wrath will not be upon us for the oath which we swore to them." 21The leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation, just as the leaders had spoken to them.…
Cross References
Joshua 9:19
But all the leaders said to the whole congregation, "We have sworn to them by the LORD, the God of Israel, and now we cannot touch them.

Joshua 9:21
The leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whole congregation, just as the leaders had spoken to them.
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Verse 20. - Lest wrath be upon us. The original is not quite so strong: "and wrath will not be upon us (καὶ οὐκ ἔσται καθ ἡμῶν ὀργή, LXX.). This we will do to them,.... Either this favour we will show them, preserving their lives, next mentioned, or this punishment we will inflict on them, making them hewers of wood, and drawers of water; which though not mentioned directly, was what was upon their minds, and in their design to propose, only they were extremely desirous of sparing their lives, which they repeat:

we will even let them live; this by all means must be done, their lives must not be taken away as the rest of the Canaanites:

lest wrath come upon us, because of the oath which we sware unto them; that is, lest the wrath of God come upon us princes, and upon the whole community, for perjury, a breach of the third command, Exodus 20:7, a sin highly displeasing to God; since an oath is made not only in his presence, and before him as a witness, who is appealed unto, but in his name, and is often severely threatened, and sorely punished; and as even the breach of this oath was several hundreds of years after, in the times of David, 2 Samuel 21:1. The Vulgate Latin version therefore reads the words, "lest the wrath of the Lord come upon us": but Abarbinel observes, that it may be understood of the wrath of Israel; for the words may be rendered, "and there shall not be wrath upon us, because of the oath": there need be none, there is no occasion for it, since this was agreed upon on all hands, that the Gibeonites should be let to live; and since it was an act of kindness and goodness, and especially they would have no reason to be angry and wrathful with them, when they heard them out, what they had further to propose to them, to make them their servants, though they spared their lives. 9:14-21 The Israelites, having examined the provisions of the Gibeonites, hastily concluded that they confirmed their account. We make more haste than good speed, when we stay not to take God with us, and do not consult him by the word and prayer. The fraud was soon found out. A lying tongue is but for a moment. Had the oath been in itself unlawful, it would not have been binding; for no obligation can render it our duty to commit a sin. But it was not unlawful to spare the Canaanites who submitted, and left idolatry, desiring only that their lives might be spared. A citizen of Zion swears to his own hurt, and changes not, Ps 15:4. Joshua and the princes, when they found that they had been deceived, did not apply to Eleazar the high priest to be freed from their engagement, much less did they pretend that no faith is to be kept with those to whom they had sworn. Let this convince us how we ought to keep our promises, and make good our bargains; and what conscience we ought to make of our words.
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