Joshua 6 ©

1 Jericho is shut up. 2 God instructeth Joshua how to carry on the siege. 6 Joshua directeth the priests with the ark followed by the people to compass the city. 8 It is compassed six days; and on the seventh day it is compassed seven times. 17 The city is accursed. 20 At the people's shout the walls fall down, and the city is utterly destroyed. 22 Rahab is saved. 26 The man that buildeth Jericho again is laid under a curse.


NOW Jericho 1was *straitly shut up because aof the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.


And the bLORD said unto Joshua, See, I chave given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour.


And ye dshall *compass 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 eseven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall *compass the city seven times, and fthe priests shall blow with the trumpets.


And it shall come to pass, that gwhen they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, hall the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down 2flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.


¶And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, iTake 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 jthe people, Pass on, and *compass the city, and let him that is armed 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 kbefore the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.


¶And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the 3*rereward 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 4make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, luntil 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 mearly in the morning, and nthe priests took up the ark of the LORD.


And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD went oon 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 pit 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, qShout; for the LORD hath given you the city.


¶And the city shall be 5accursed, 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 rshe hid the messengers that we sent.


And ye, sin any wise keep yourselves from the 6accursed thing, lest ye tmake yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel 7a curse, and utrouble it.


But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are 8consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.


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 vthe wall fell down 9flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.


And they wutterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the 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, xas ye sware unto her.


And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, yand her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her 10kindred, and zleft them *without the camp of Israel.


And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only athe silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.


And Joshua bsaved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.


¶And Joshua cadjured them at that time, saying, dCursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.


So the LORD ewas with Joshua; and his ffame was noised throughout all the country.