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Joshua 5:1–8:23

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And it came to pass, when all the kings of the Amorites, which were on the side of Jordan westward, and all the kings of the Canaanites, awhich were by the sea, bheard that the Lord had dried up the waters of Jordan from before the children of Israel, until we were passed over, that their heart cmelted, dneither was there spirit in them any more, because of the children of Israel.

At that time the Lord said unto Joshua, Make thee ||sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time. And Joshua made him ||sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at ||the hill of the foreskins. And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: eAll the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt. Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised. For the children of Israel walked fforty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord: unto whom the Lord gsware that he would not shew them the land, which the Lord sware unto their fathers that he would give us, ha land that floweth with milk and honey. And itheir children, whom he raised up in their stead, them Joshua circumcised: for they were uncircumcised, because they had not circumcised them by the way. And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, ktill they were whole. And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away lthe reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called ||mGilgal unto this day.

10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover non the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho. 11 And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and oparched corn in the selfsame day. 12 And pthe manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood qa man over against him rwith his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as ||captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua sfell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, tLoose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

6 Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, aI have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and bthe mighty men of valour. And ye shall 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 seven ctrumpets dof rams’ horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and ethe priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they fmake 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 wall of the city shall fall down 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 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 before 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 rereward came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. 10 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. 11 So the ark of the Lord compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp. 12 And Joshua rose early in the morning, and gthe 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 rereward 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: so they did six days. 15 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. 16 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. 17 And 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 hshe hid the messengers that we sent. 18 And ye, hin any wise keep yourselves from the ||accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the ||accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel ||a curse, and itrouble it. 19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come 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 kthe 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 lutterly 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. 22 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, mas ye sware unto her. 23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, nand her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel. 24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: oonly the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and pshe dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. 26 And Joshua qadjured them at that time, saying, rCursed 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. 27 sSo the Lord was with Joshua; and this fame was noised throughout all the country.

7 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for a||Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of ||Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel. And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside bBeth-aven, on the east side of cBeth-el, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few. So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and dthey fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them ||in the going down: wherefore ethe hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

And Joshua frent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the Lord until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and gput dust upon their heads. And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord God, hwherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan! O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies! For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and icut off our name from the earth: and jwhat wilt thou do unto thy great name? 10 And the Lord said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? 11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also ktransgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of lthe accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. 12 mTherefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their nbacks before their enemies, because they were oaccursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy othe accursed from among you. 13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, p

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b

See Ex. 15:14.

c

See ch. 2:11.

d

1 Kin. 10:5. So ch. 2:11.

||

Or, knives of flints. Comp. Ex. 4:25.

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Or, knives of flints. Comp. Ex. 4:25.

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Or, Gibeah-haaraloth.

e
f
g
h

See Ex. 3:8.

i

Heb. when the people had made an end to be circumcised.

k

Comp. Gen. 34:25.

l
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That is, Rolling.

m

ch. 4:19.

n

See Ex. 12:6. Comp. ch. 4:19. & ver. 8.

o

Le. 2:14 (Heb.).

p
q
r
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Or, prince. Dan. 10:13, 20, 21. & 12:1.

s
t

Heb. did shut up, and was shut up.

a

Deut. 7:24. See ch. 2:24.

b

ch. 1:14.

c

Comp. Judg. 7:16, 22.

d

ver. 6, 8, 13. Comp. ver. 5.

e
f

Ex. 19:13 (Heb.). Judg. 20:37 marg.

Heb. under it. ver. 20.

Heb. gathering host. ver. 13. Num. 10:25. Isai. 52:12. & 58:8.

Heb. make your voice to be heard.

g

Comp. Num. 4:15.

||

Or, devoted. See Deut. 7:26.

h

ch. 2:4.

h

ch. 2:4.

||

Or, devoted. See Deut. 7:26.

||

Or, devoted. See Deut. 7:26.

||

Or, devoted. See Deut. 7:26.

i

Heb. holiness.

k

ver. 5. Heb. 11:30.

Heb. under it. ver. 5.

l
m
n

ch. 2:13.

Heb. families.

o

ver. 19.

p

Comp. Matt. 1:5.

q

Nu. 5:21 (Heb.).

r
s

So ch. 1:5.

t

ch. 9:9.

a

ch. 22:20.

||

[1 Chr. 2:7, Achar]. Comp. ch. 6:18. & ver. 25.

||

[Or, Zimri, 1 Chr. 2:6].

b
c

Heb. about 2000 men, or about 3000 men.

d
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Or, in Morad. But comp. ch. 10:11. Jer. 48:5. Mic. 1:4, and marg.

e

See ch. 2:11.

f
g
h

Heb. necks. So ver. 12. See Ex. 23:27 marg.

i
j

Comp. Exod. 32:12.

Heb. fallest. ver. 6.

k

ver. 15. See Deut. 17:2.

l

ch. 6:17, 18.

m
n

See ver. 8.

o

ver. 11.

o

ver. 11.

p

See ch. 3:5.