Joshua 6:4
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New International Version
Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.

King James Bible
And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

Darby Bible Translation
And seven priests shall carry before the ark seven blast-trumpets; and on the seventh day ye shall go round the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

World English Bible
Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark. On the seventh day, you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.

Young's Literal Translation
and seven priests do bear seven trumpets of the jubilee before the ark, and on the seventh day ye compass the city seven times, and the priests blow with the trumpets,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Seven trumpets of rams' horns - The Hebrew word יובלים yobelim does not signify rams' horns; (see the note on Leviticus 25:11); nor do any of the ancient versions, the Chaldee excepted, give it this meaning. The instruments used on this occasion were evidently of the same kind with those used on the jubilee, and were probably made of horn or of silver; and the text in this place may be translated, And seven priests shall bear before the ark the seven jubilee trumpets, for they appear to have been the same kind as those used on the jubilee.

Seven times - The time was thus lengthened out that the besiegers and the besieged might be the more deeply impressed with that supernatural power by which alone the walls fell.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

trumpets of rams' The word shopheroth hyyovelim, should rather be rendered jubilee i.e., such as were used on the jubilee, which were probably made of horn or silver: for the entrance of the Israelites into Canaan was indeed a jubilee to them (See Note on

Leviticus 25:11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you: you shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself in it...

): instead of the dreadful trumpet of war, they were ordered to sound the trumpet of joy, as already conquerors.

Leviticus 25:9 Then shall you cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month...

Numbers 10:1-10 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying...

Judges 7:7,8,15-22 And the LORD said to Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand...

2 Chronicles 13:12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you...

2 Chronicles 20:17,19,21 You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand you still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you...

Isaiah 27:12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat off from the channel of the river to the stream of Egypt...

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power...

seven times

Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Genesis 7:2,3 Of every clean beast you shall take to you by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two...

Leviticus 4:6 And the priest shall dip his finger in the blood, and sprinkle of the blood seven times before the LORD...

Leviticus 14:16 And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand...

Leviticus 25:8 And you shall number seven sabbaths of years to you, seven times seven years...

Numbers 23:1 And Balaam said to Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

1 Kings 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing...

2 Kings 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you...

Job 42:8 Therefore take to you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering...

Zechariah 4:2 And said to me, What see you? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it...

Revelation 1:4,20 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be to you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come...

Revelation 5:1,6 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals...

Revelation 8:2,6 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets...

Revelation 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Revelation 15:1,7 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues...

Revelation 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways...

Library
Rahab
'And Joanna paved Rahab the harlot alive... and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day.'--JOSHUA vi. 25. This story comes in like an oasis in these terrible narratives of Canaanite extermination. There is much about it that is beautiful and striking, but the main thing is that it teaches the universality of God's mercy, and the great truth that trust in Him unites to Him and brings deliverance, how black soever may have been the previous life. I need not tell over again the story, told with such
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Jericho Itself.
We read, that this city was not only wasted by Joshua with fire and sword, but cursed also. "Cursed be he before the Lord, who shall rise up and build that city Jericho," Joshua 6:26. "Nor was another city to be built (says the Talmudists), which was to be called by the name of Jericho: nor was Jericho itself to be built, although to be called by another name." And yet I know not by what chance this city crept out of dust and rubbish, lived again, and flourished, and became the second city to Jerusalem.
John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica

Cross References
Leviticus 25:9
Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land.

Numbers 10:8
"The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come.

Joshua 6:3
March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.

Joshua 6:5
When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in."

Joshua 6:13
The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the LORD and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets kept sounding.

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