The Destruction of Jericho
1Now #Josh. 2:1Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. 2And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! #Josh. 2:9, 24; 8:1I have given Jericho into your hand, its #Deut. 7:24king, and the mighty men of valor. 3You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4And seven priests shall bear seven #Lev. 25:9; Judg. 7:16, 22trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city #1 Kin. 18:43; 2 Kin. 4:35; 5:10seven times, and #Num. 10:8the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”
6Then 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, “Proceed, and march around the city, and let him who is armed advance before the ark of the Lord.”
8So it was, when Joshua had spoken to the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord advanced and blew the trumpets, and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them. 9The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, #Num. 10:25and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 10Now Joshua had commanded the people, saying, “You shall not shout or make any noise with your voice, nor shall a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I say to you, ‘Shout!’ Then you shall shout.” 11So he had #Josh. 4:11the ark of the Lord circle the city, going around it once. Then they came into the camp and lodged in the camp.
12And Joshua rose early in the morning, #Deut. 31:25and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 13Then 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 rear guard came after the ark of the Lord, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. 14And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.
15But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. 16And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! 17Now the city shall be #Deut. 13:17; Josh. 7:1doomed by the Lord to destruction, it and all who are in it. Only #Josh. 2:1; Matt. 1:5Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because #Josh. 2:4, 6she hid the messengers that we sent. 18And you, #Deut. 7:26by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, #Josh. 7:1, 12, 25; 1 Kin. 18:17, 18; (Jon. 1:12)and trouble it. 19But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are consecrated to the Lord; they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.”
20So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that #Heb. 11:30the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. 21And they #Deut. 7:2; 20:16, 17utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.
22But Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, “Go into the harlot’s house, and from there bring out the woman and all that she has, #Josh. 2:12–19; Heb. 11:31as you swore to her.” 23And the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, #Josh. 2:13her father, her mother, her brothers, and all that she had. So they brought out all her relatives and left them outside the camp of Israel. 24But they burned the city and all that was in it with fire. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord. 25And Joshua spared Rahab the harlot, her father’s household, and all that she had. So #(Matt. 1:5)she dwells in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
26Then Joshua charged them at that time, saying, #1 Kin. 16:34“Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates.”
27So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country.