Joshua 6
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1And Jericho was completely shut up because of the children of Israel. None went out and none came in. 2And the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have given Jericho into your hand, and its king, and the mighty men of war. 3You shall go around the city, all the men of war. Go around the city once. So you shall do for six days. 4And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of ram's horns in front of the ark. And the seventh day you shall go around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. 5And it shall be 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. The wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall go up, each man straight before him."

6And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests carry seven ram's horns in front of the ark of the LORD." 7And he said to the people, "Pass on, and go around the city. And let him who is armed pass on in front of the ark of the LORD." 8And it came to pass when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests bearing the seven ram's horns passed on before the LORD and blew the ram's horns. And the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. 9And the armed men went before the priests who blew with the ram's horns. And the gathering army came after the ark as the priests were going on and blowing with the ram's horns. 10And Joshua had commanded the people saying, "You shall not shout nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word come out of your mouth until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout." 11And the ark of the LORD went around the city, going around it once. And they came into the camp and stayed in the camp.

12And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. 13And seven priests carrying seven ram's horns before the ark of the LORD went on without stopping and blew with the ram's horns. And the armed men went in front of them. But the rear guard came after the ark of the LORD as the priests were going on and blowing with the ram's horns. 14And the second day they went around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days.

15And it came to pass on the seventh day they rose early, at the dawning of the day, and circled the city in the same way seven times. Only on that day they went around the city seven times. 16And it came to pass, at the seventh time, when the priest blew with the ram's horns, Joshua said to the people, "Shout, for the LORD has given you the city! 17And the city shall be devoted to the LORD, it and all that is in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all with her in the house because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18And you surely shall keep clear of the cursed thing, lest you make yourselves cursed when you take of the cursed things, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19But all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, are devoted to the LORD. They shall come into the treasury of the LORD." 20And the people shouted when the priests blew with the ram's horns. And it came to pass when the people heard the sound of the ram's horns, and the people shouted with a great shout, the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, each man straight before him. And they took the city. 21And they completely destroyed all in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox and sheep and donkey, with the edge of the sword.

22And Joshua had said to the two men who had spied out the country, "Go into the harlot's house and bring the woman out from there, and all that she has, as you swore to her." 23And the young men who were spies went in and brought Rahab out, and her father and her mother, and her brothers, and all that she had. And they brought out all her kindred and set them outside the camp of Israel. 24And they burned the city with fire, and all that was in it. Only the silver and the gold, and the vessels of bronze and iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. 25And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had. And she lives in Israel to this day because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

26And Joshua charged them at that time, saying, "Cursed before the LORD is the man who rises up and builds this city of Jericho. He shall lay the foundation of it in his firstborn, and in his youngest son he shall set up the gates of it." 27And the LORD was with Joshua. And his fame went throughout all the country.

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