Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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

And the leaders said to them, Let them live [and be our slaves]. So they became hewers of wood and drawers of water for all the assembly, 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.

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 come upon us, because of the oath which we swore unto them. 21 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. 22 And Joshua called for them, and he spoke to them, saying, Why have ye deceived us, saying, We are very far from you; whereas ye dwell in our midst?



Cross References

Deuteronomy 29:11

your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, as well the hewer of thy wood as the drawer of thy water;

Joshua 9:23

And now ye are cursed, and ye shall never cease to be bondmen, and 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 assembly, and for the altar of Jehovah, 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 princes of the assembly swore unto them.

2 Chronicles 2:17-18

And Solomon numbered all the strangers that were in the land of Israel, after the account that David his father had taken of them, and there were found a hundred and fifty-three thousand six hundred.

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