Joshua 9:21
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English Standard Version
And the leaders said to them, “Let them live.” So they became cutters of wood and drawers of water for all the congregation, just as the leaders had said of them.

King James Bible
And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.

American Standard Version
And the princes said unto them, Let them live: so they became hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation, as the princes had spoken unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But so let them live, as to serve the whole multitude in hewing wood, and bringing in water. As they were speaking these things,

English Revised Version
And the princes said unto them, Let them live: so they became hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation; as the princes had spoken unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the princes said to them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood, and drawers of water to all the congregation; as the princes had promised them.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

So Joshua made (granted) them peace (vid., Isaiah 27:5), and concluded a covenant with them (להם, in their favour), to let them live; and the princes of the congregation sware unto them. Letting them live is the only article of the league that is mentioned, both because this was the main point, and also with special reference to the fact that the Gibeonites, being Canaanites, ought properly to have been destroyed. It is true that Joshua and the princes of the congregation had not violated any express command of God by doing this; for the only thing prohibited in the law was making treaties with the Canaanites, which they did not suppose the Gibeonites to be, whilst in Deuteronomy 20:11, where wars with foreign nations (not Canaanites) are referred to, permission is given to make peace with them, so that all treaties with foreign nations are not forbidden. But they had failed in this respect, that, trusting to the crafty words of the Gibeonites, and to outward appearances only, they had forgotten their attitude to the Lord their God who had promised to His congregation, in all important matters, a direct revelation of His own will.

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let them

Joshua 9:23,27 Now therefore you are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being slaves...

Deuteronomy 29:11 Your little ones, your wives, and your stranger that is in your camp, from the hewer of your wood to the drawer of your water:

2 Chronicles 2:17,18 And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel...

as the princes

Joshua 9:15 And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swore to them.

Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:11
your little ones, your wives, and the sojourner who is in your camp, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water,

Joshua 9:20
This we will do to them: let them live, lest wrath be upon us, because of the oath that we swore to them."

Joshua 9:23
Now therefore you are cursed, and some of you shall never be anything but servants, cutters of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God."

Joshua 9:27
But Joshua made them that day cutters of wood and drawers of water for the congregation and for the altar of the LORD, to this day, in the place that he should choose.

Jeremiah 46:22
"She makes a sound like a serpent gliding away; for her enemies march in force and come against her with axes like those who fell trees.

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