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Joshua 9:14

    Joshua 9:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the men took some of their food, without requesting directions from the Lord.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Joshua 9:14

    Victuals - Food; sustenance.

    Clarke's Commentary on Joshua 9:14

    The men took of their victuals - This was done in all probability in the way of friendship; for, from time immemorial to the present day, eating together, in the Asiatic countries, is considered a token of unalterable friendship; and those who eat even salt together, feel themselves bound thereby in a perpetual covenant. But the marginal reading of this clause should not be hastily rejected.

    And asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord - They made the covenant with the Gibeonites without consulting God by Urim and Thummim, which was highly reprehensible in them, as it was a state transaction in which the interests and honor of God their king were intimately concerned.

    Barnes' Notes on Joshua 9:14

    The elders of Israel Joshua 9:18, tasting what was offered them by the Gibeonites, pledged themselves according to the usage of Eastern nations to peace and friendship with them. They credited the story at once, instead of seeking the direction of God in the matter. The rendering of the margin is not to be preferred to that of the text.

    At the mouth of the Lord - i. e. by the Urim and Thummim Exodus 28:30.

    Wesley's Notes on Joshua 9:14

    9:14 The men - That is, the princes. Their victuals - That they might examine the truth of what they said. The mouth of the Lord - As they ought to have done upon all such weighty occasions. So they are accused of rashness and neglect of their duty. For though it is probable, if God had been consulted, he would have consented to the sparing of the Gibeonites; yet it should have been done with more caution, and an obligation upon them to embrace the true religion. In every business of importance, we should stay to take God along with us, and by the word and prayer consult him. Many a time our affairs miscarry, because we asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. Did we acknowledge him in all our ways, they would be more safe, easy and successful.