SynopsisIn this passage, the nation of Israel has their first victory in the Promised Land, when they take over the city of Jericho.
- Once a day, for six days, the Israelite army is to march around the city. The priests are to go with them, bringing the Ark, and blowing trumpets.
- On the seventh day, they are to do the same thing, but they are to march around the city seven times, instead of once. After they’ve marched around the city seven times, the priests are to give a long blast on the trumpets, and the people are to give a loud shout; at that point, the wall of the city will collapse, and the Israelite army is to go in and take the city over.
“But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury.” (verses 6:18–19)Then everything happens just as the LORD promised: When the people give their shout, the wall of the city falls, and the people go in and destroy it, as they were told. Joshua sends the spies into the city to bring out Rahab and her family, and they put them in a safe place (outside the camp of Israel).
At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: “Cursed before the LORD is the man who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho:
“At the cost of his firstborn son will he lay its foundations; at the cost of his youngest will he set up its gates.”