Joshua 6

The Fall of Jericho

1Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. 2And the  Lord said to Joshua, “See, a  I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. 3You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days. 4Seven priests shall bear seven b  trumpets of c  rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and d  the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat,
Hebrew under itself; also verse 20
and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.”
6So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the  Lord.” 7And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let f  the armed men pass on before the ark of the  Lord.”

8And just as Joshua had commanded the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the  Lord went forward, blowing the trumpets, with the ark of the covenant of the  Lord following them. 9The armed men were walking before the priests who were blowing the trumpets, and the g  rear guard was walking after the ark, while the trumpets blew continually. 10But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.” 11So he caused the ark of the  Lord to circle the city, going about it once. And they came into the camp and spent the night in the camp.

12Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and h  the priests took up the ark of the  Lord. 13And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the  Lord walked on, and they blew the trumpets continually. And the armed men were walking before them, and the rear guard was walking after the ark of the  Lord, while the trumpets blew continually. 14And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did for six days.

15On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times. 16And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the  Lord has given you the city. 17And the city and all that is within it shall be i  devoted to the  Lord for destruction.
That is, set apart ( devoted) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction); also verses 18, 21
Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she k  hid the messengers whom we sent.
18But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel l  a thing for destruction and m  bring trouble upon it. 19But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the  Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the  Lord.” 20So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and n  the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city. 21Then they o  devoted all in the city to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword.

22But to the two men who had spied out the land, Joshua said, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring out from there the woman and all who belong to her, p  as you swore to her.” 23So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and q  her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel. 24And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. r  Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the  Lord. 25But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And s  she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

26Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying t  Cursed before the  Lord be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho.

“At the cost of his firstborn shall he
lay its foundation,
and at the cost of his youngest son
shall he set up its gates.”

27 u  So the  Lord was with Joshua, and v  his fame was in all the land.

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