|Joshua 6 |
1 Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the children of Israel; no one went out, and no one came in.
2 And the LORD said to Joshua, "See, into your hand I have given you Jericho, its king , and its mighty men of valor.
3 And you shall circle the city with all your men of war, and you shall circle the city once for each of six days.
4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns; and on the seventh day you shall circle the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
5 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall go up over the rubble, every man proceeding straight up and over."
6 And 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 in front of the ark of the LORD."
7 And he said to the people, "Pass on, and circle the city, and let those who are armed pass on before the ark of the LORD."
8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets; and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.
9 And the armed men went in front of the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rearward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, "You shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I command you to shout; then shall you shout.
11 So the ark of the LORD circled the city, going about it once; and then they came into the camp, and spent the night in the camp.
12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.
13 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets; and the armed men went before them; but the rearward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
14 And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp; they did the same for six days.
15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early at about the dawn of the day, and circled the city after the same manner seven times; only on that day they circled the city seven times.
16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, "Shout; for the LORD has given you the city.
17 And the city shall be cursed, even it, and all that are in it, to the LORD; only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
18 And you, in everything you are to keep yourselves from any of the cursed things, lest you make yourselves cursed, if you take any of the cursed things; and you would make the camp of Israel a curse and trouble it.
19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated to the LORD; they shall be brought into the treasury of the LORD."
20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets; and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
21 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both men and women, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.
22 But Joshua had said to the two men that had spied out the country, "Go into the harlot's house, and bring out there the woman, and all that she has, as you swore to her."
23 And the young men who were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brothers, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them outside the camp of Israel.
24 And they burnt the city and all that was in it with fire; except they took and put in the treasury of the house of the LORD all the silver, the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron.
25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwells in Israel even to this day because she hid the messengers that Joshua sent to spy on Jericho.
26 And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, "Cursed is the man by the LORD, who rises up and rebuilds this city Jericho; he shall lay the foundation with the loss of his first born, and in the loss of his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it."
27 So the LORD was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country.
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