THE BOOK OF
Joshua 6 ©
The Lord gives the city of Jericho into the hand of Joshua, v. 1, etc. Yet causes first the men of war, as also the ark and few priests to go round about the city, for seven days together, 2. On the seventh day the city is taken, the wall falling down, 20. The Israelites enter in on all sides, and destroy with the sword both people and cattle, 21. Notwithstanding they spare Rahab with all that appertains to her, 22. The city and all what is in it, is burnt, except the gold, silver, copper, and iron vessels, 24. Joshua curses that man, who would build up Jericho again, 26. God is with Joshua, 27.
NOW Jericho was straitly shut up 1because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.
And 2the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.
And ye shall compassa the city, all ye men of war, and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days.
And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven 3trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the 4wall of the city shall fall 5down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.
¶And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD.
And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is 6armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.
¶And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on 7before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and 8the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.
¶And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the 9rerewardb came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.
So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp.
¶And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.
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 rereward came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets.
And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days.
And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times.
And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.
¶ 10And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she 11hid the messengers that 12we sent.
And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves 13accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
Butc all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are 14consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.
So the people shouted when 15the 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, thatd the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
And 16they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with 17the edge of the sword.
But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, ase ye sware unto her.
And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out 18all her kindred, and 19left them without the camp of Israel.
And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the 20house of the LORD.
And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; 21and she dwelleth in Israel even 22unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
¶And Joshua 23adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof 24in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.
So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame 25was noised throughout all the country.