Parallel Verses

A Conservative Version

And the rulers said to them, Let them live. So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water to all the congregation, as the rulers had spoken to them.

New American Standard Bible

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.

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

They also said, “Let them live.” So the Gibeonites became woodcutters and water carriers for the whole community, as the leaders had promised them.

International Standard Version

The leaders told them, "Let them live." So they became wood cutters and water carriers for the entire congregation, which is what the leaders had decided concerning 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.

Amplified

The leaders said to them, “Let them live [as our slaves].” So they became the cutters and gatherers of firewood and water carriers for the entire congregation, just as the leaders had said of them.

Bible in Basic English

Keep them living, and let them be servants, cutting wood and getting water for all the people. And all the people did as the chiefs had said to them.

Darby Translation

And the princes said to them, Let them live. And they were hewers of wood and drawers of water for all the assembly; as the princes had said to them.

Julia Smith Translation

And the chiefs will say to them, They shall live; and shall be cutting wood and drawing water to all the assembly as the chiefs spake to them.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

And the leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became woodcutters and water carriers for all the congregation, just as the leaders had said to them.

Modern King James verseion

And the rulers said to them, Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and drawers of water to all the congregation, as the rulers had promised them.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And the lords said unto them, "Let them live, that they may be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation," as the lords said unto them.

NET Bible

The leaders then added, "Let them live." So they became woodcutters and water carriers for the whole community, as the leaders had decided.

New Heart English Bible

And the leaders said to them, "Let them live." So they became wood cutters and drawers of water for all the congregation, as the leaders had spoken to them.

The Emphasized Bible

And the princes said unto them - Let them live. So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the assembly, as the princes spake unto them.

Webster

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.

World English Bible

The princes said to them, "Let them live, so they became wood cutters and drawers of water for all the congregation, as the princes had spoken to them."

Youngs Literal Translation

And the princes say unto them, 'They live, and are hewers of wood and drawers of water for all the company, as the princes spake to them.'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
And the princes
נשׂא נשׂיא 
Nasiy' 
Usage: 134

חיה 
Chayah 
Usage: 264

but let them be hewers
חטב 
Chatab 
Usage: 9

of wood
עץ 
`ets 
Usage: 329

and drawers
שׁאב 
Sha'ab 
Usage: 19

as the princes
נשׂא נשׂיא 
Nasiy' 
Usage: 134

דּבר 
Dabar 
Usage: 1142

Context Readings

Gibeon's Deception Discovered

20 This we will do to them, and let them live, lest wrath be upon us because of the oath which we swore to them. 21 And the rulers said to them, Let them live. So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water to all the congregation, as the rulers had spoken to them. 22 And Joshua called for them, and he spoke to them, saying, Why have ye beguiled us, saying, We are very far from you, when ye dwell among us?



Cross References

Deuteronomy 29:11

your little ones, your wives, and thy sojourner who is in the midst of thy camps, from the hewer of thy wood to the drawer of thy water--

Joshua 9:23

Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall never fail to be bondmen of you, both hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.

Joshua 9:27

And Joshua made them that day hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of LORD to this day in the place which he should choose.

Joshua 9:15

And Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live, and the rulers of the congregation swore to them.

2 Chronicles 2:17-18

And Solomon numbered all the aliens that were in the land of Israel, after the numbering with which David his father had numbered them. And they were found a hundred and fifty-three thousand and six hundred.

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