Joshua 9:14
New International Version
The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD.

New Living Translation
So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the LORD.

English Standard Version
So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the LORD.

Berean Study Bible
Then the men of Israel sampled their provisions, but did not seek the counsel of the LORD.

King James Bible
And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.

New King James Version
Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.

NASB 1995
So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.

NASB 1977
So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.

Amplified Bible
So the men [of Israel] took some of their own provisions [and offered them in friendship], and [foolishly] did not ask for the counsel of the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions, but did not seek the LORD’s decision.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions, but did not seek the LORD’s counsel.

American Standard Version
And the men took of their provision, and asked not counsel at the mouth of Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And these men took from their provisions and they went, and they did not inquire from the mouth of LORD JEHOVAH

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the chiefs took of their provision, and asked not counsel of the Lord.

Contemporary English Version
The Israelites tried some of the food, but they did not ask the LORD if he wanted them to make a treaty.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They took therefore of their victuals, and consulted not the mouth of the Lord.

English Revised Version
And the men took of their provision, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.

Good News Translation
The Israelites accepted some food from them, but did not consult the LORD about it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The men believed the evidence they were shown, but they did not ask the LORD about it.

International Standard Version
So the leaders of Israel sampled their provisions, but did not ask the LORD about it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the men took of their provision, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.

Literal Standard Version
And the men take of their provision, and have not asked the mouth of YHWH;

NET Bible
The men examined some of their provisions, but they failed to ask the LORD's advice.

New Heart English Bible
The men sampled their provisions, and did not ask counsel from the mouth of the LORD.

World English Bible
The men sampled their provisions, and didn't ask counsel from the mouth of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And the men take of their provision, and the mouth of Jehovah have not asked;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Deceit of the Gibeonites
13These wineskins were new when we filled them, but look, they are cracked. And these clothes and sandals are worn out from our very long journey.” 14Then the men of Israel sampled their provisions, but did not seek the counsel of the LORD. 15And Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them.…

Cross References
Numbers 27:21
He shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who will seek counsel for him before the LORD by the judgment of the Urim. At his command, he and all the Israelites with him--the entire congregation--will go out and come in."

Joshua 9:13
These wineskins were new when we filled them, but look, they are cracked. And these clothes and sandals are worn out from our very long journey."


Treasury of Scripture

And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.

the men took of their victuals.

asked not

Exodus 28:30
And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.

Numbers 27:21
And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

Judges 1:1
Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?









(14) And the men took of their victuals.--And they accepted the men from (the appearance of) their provisions. This, which is the view taken in our marginal reading, seems to be the more probable interpretation, and follows the Targum. "The men" can hardly refer to any one but the ambassadors of the Gibeonites.

Verse 14. - And the men took of their victuals. Most commentators prefer this rendering to that of the margin, "and they received the men because of their victuals." The natural explanation - though several others are given, for which see Keil in loc. - would seem to be that the Israelites relied on the evidence of their senses, instead of upon the counsel of God. They could see the condition of the garments, sacks, and wine skins of the Gibeonites. They tasted of their victuals to convince themselves of the truth of those statements of which the sight was insufficient to take cognisance. And asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. Even in the most obvious matter it is well not to trust too implicitly to our own judgment. Nothing could seem more clear or satisfactory than the account given of themselves by the Gibeonites - nothing more easy for the unassisted intellect to decide. And yet Joshua and the congregation were deceived. It is perhaps too much to say, with some commentators - Maurer, for instance - that Joshua disobeyed a plain command in acting thus. The passage in which Joshua is instructed to "stand up before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him at the judgment of Urim before the Lord" (Numbers 27:18-23), does not require him to do so in all cases. But it was clearly "an act of gross carelessness" (Calvin). And the inference may safely be drawn that in no case whatever is it wise to trust to ourselves. However obvious our course may be, we shall do well to take counsel with God by prayer.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then the men of Israel
הָֽאֲנָשִׁ֖ים (hā·’ă·nā·šîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 582: Man, mankind

sampled
וַיִּקְח֥וּ (way·yiq·ḥū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 3947: To take

their provisions,
מִצֵּידָ֑ם (miṣ·ṣê·ḏām)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 6718: The chase, game, lunch

but did not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

seek
שָׁאָֽלוּ׃ (šā·’ā·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

the counsel
פִּ֥י (pî)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

of the LORD.
יְהוָ֖ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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