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An angel appears to Joshua. CHAP. VI. The walls of Jericho fall.

11 And they did eat of the old corn of priests going on, and blowing with the the land on the morrow after the passover, trumpets. unleavened cakes and parched corn in the 10 And Joshua had commanded the self-same day.

people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor 12 And the manna ceased on the mor- make any noise with your voice, neither row after they had eaten of the old corn of shall any word proceed out of your mouth, the land ; neither had the children of Israel until the day I bid you shout, then shall manna any more; but they did eat of the ye shout. fruit of the land of Canaan that year. 11 So the ark of the LORD compassed

13 | And it came to pass when Joshua the city, going about it once: and they was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes came into the camp, and lodged in the and looked, and behold, there stood a man camp, over against him with his sword drawn in 12 | And Joshua rose early in the mornhis hand : and Joshua went unto him, and ing, and the priests took up the ark of the said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our LORD. adversaries?

13 And seven priests bearing seven 14 And he said, Nay į but as captain of trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the host of the Lord am I now come. And the LORD went on continually, and blew Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and with the trumpets: and the armed men did worship, and said unto him, What went before them; but the rere-ward saith my lord unto his servant ?

came after the ark of the LORD, the priests 15 And the captain of the Lord's host going on, and blowing with the trumpets. said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off 14 And the second day they compassthy foot, for the place whereon thou stand-ed the city once, and returned into the est is holy: and Joshua did so.

camp. So they did six days. CHAP. VI.

15 And it came to pass on the seventh N. TOW Jericho was straitly shut up, be-day, that they rose early about the dawn

cause of the children of Israel : none ing of the day, and compassed the city went out, and none came in.

after the same manner seven times: only 2 And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, on that day they compassed the city seven I have given into thy hand Jericho, and times. the king thereof, and the mighty men of 16 And it came to pass at the seventh valour.

time, when the priests blew with the trum3 And

the city, all ye pets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; men of war, and go round about the city for the Lord hath given you the city. once: thus shalt thou do six days.

17 | And the city shall be accursed, 4 And seven priests shall bear before even it, and all that are therein, to the the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns : LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, and the seventh day ye shall compass the she and all that are with her in the house, city seven times, and the priests shall because she hid the messengers that we blow with the trumpets.

sent. 5 And it shall come to pass, that when 18 And ye, in any wise keep yourselves they make a long blast with the ram's from the accursed thing, lest ye make horn, and when ye hear the sound of the yourselves accursed, when ye take of the trumpet, all the people sball shout with a accursed thing, and make the camp of Isgreat shout: and the wall of the city shall rael a curse, and trouble it. fall down flat, and the people shall ascend 19 But all the silver, and gold, and vesup every man straight before him. sels of brass and iron, are consecrated un

6 And Joshua the son of Nun called to the LORD: they shall come into the the priests, and said unto them, Take up treasury of the LORD. the ark of the covenant, and let seven 20 So the people shouted when the priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns priests blew with the trumpets: and it before the ark of the LORD.

came to pass, when the people heard the 7 And he said unto the people, Pass on, sound of the trumpet, and the people and compass the city, and let him that is shouted with a great shout, that the wall armed pass on before the ark of the LORD. fell down flat, so that the people went up

8 1 And it came to pass, when Joshua into the city, every man straight before had spoken unto the people, that the se- him, and they took the city. ven priests bearing the seven trumpets of 21 And they utterly destroyed all that rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and was in the city, both man and woman, blew with the trumpets: and the ark of young and old, and ox, and sheep, and the covenant of the Lord followed them. ass, with the edge of the sword.

9 And the armed men went before 22 But Joshua had said unto the two the priests that blew with the trumpets, men that had spied out the country, Go and the rere-ward came after the ark, thé into the harlot's house, and bring out thence


shall compass


The Israelites smitten at Ai.


God instructs Joshua. the woman, and all that she bath, as yel 8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Is. sware unto her.

rael turneth their backs before their ene. 23 And the young men that were spies mies ! went in, and brought out Rahah, and her 9 For the Canaanites, and all the infather, and her mother, and her brethren, habitants of the land shall hear of it, and and all that she had ; and they brought shall environ us round, and cut off our out all her kindred, and left them without name from the earth: and what wilt thou the camp of Israel.

do unto thy great name? 24 And they burnt the city with fire, 10 | And the LORD said unto Joshua, and all that was therein: only the silver, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus and the gold, and the vessels of brass and upon thy face? of iron, they put into the treasury of the 11 Israel bath sinned, and they have house of the LORD.

also transgressed my covenant which I 25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot commanded them: for they have even alive, and her father's household, and all taken of the accursed thing, and have also that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel stolen, and dissembled also, and they have even unto this day ; because she hid the put it even among their own stuff. messengers which Joshua sent to spy out 12 Therefore the children of Israel Jericho.

could not stand before their enemies, but 26 | And Joshua adjured them at that turned their backs before their enemies, time, saying, Cursed be the man before the because they were accursed: neither will Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city I be with you any more, except ye deJericho: he shall lay the foundation there-stroy the accursed from among you. of in his first-born, and in his youngest son 13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, shall he set up the gates of it.

Sanctify yourselves against to-morrow : 27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, fame was noised throughout all the country. There is an accursed thing in the midst of CHAP. VII.

thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand be. UT the children of Israel committed fore thine enemies, until ye take away the Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, 14 In the morning therefore ye shall be the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, brought according to your tribes: and it took of the accursed thing: and the anger shall be, that the tribe which the LORD of the Lord was kindled against the chil-taketh shall come according to the famidren of Israel.

lies thereof; and the family which the 2 And Joshua seni men from Jericho to Ai, LORD shall take shall come by housewhich is beside Beth-aven, on the east side holds; and the household which the LORD of Beth-el, and spake unto them, saying, shall take shall come man by man. Go up and view the country. And the 15 And it shall be, that he that is taken men went up and viewed Ai.

with the accursed thing shall be burnt with 3 And they returned to Joshua, and said fire, he and all that he hath : because be unto him, Let not all the people go up ; hath transgressed the covenantof the LORD, but let about two or three thousand men go and because he hath wrought folly in Israel. up and smite Ai: and make not all the peo 16 | So Joshua rose up early in the ple to labour thither; for they are but few. morning, and brought Israel by their tribes;

4 So there went up thither of the peo- and the tribe of Judah was taken: ple about three thousand men: and they 17 And he brought the family of Judah; Hled before the men of Ai.

and he took the family of the Zarhites : 5 And the men of Ai smote of them and he brought the family of the Zarhites about thirty and six men: for they chased inan by man; and Zabdi was taken: thein from before the gate even unto She 18 And he brought his household man barim, and smote them in the going down : by man; and Achan the son of Carmi, the wberefore the hearts of the people melted, son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe and became as water.

of Judah, was taken. 6 | And Joshua rent his clothes, and 19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My fell to the earth upon his face before the son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD ark of the LORD until the even-tide, he God of Israel, and make confession unto and the elders of Israel, and put dust up- him; and tell me now what thou hast done, on their heads.

bide it not from me. 7 And Joshua said, Alas! O Lord God, 20 And Achan answered Joshua, and wherefore bast thou at all brought this said, Indeed I have sinned against the people over Jordan, to deliver us into the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would I done. to God we had been content, and dwelt 21 When I saw among the spoils a good. on the other side Jordan!

lly Babylonish garment, and two hundred

Ai taken by stratagem.


The city is burnt. shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of|_ 9 T Joshua therefore sent them forth ; fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and they went to lie in ambush, and abode and took them, and behold, they are hid between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side

n the earth in the midst of my tent, and of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the silver under it.

the people. 22 T So Joshua sent messengers, and 10 And Joshua rose up early in the they ran unto the tent, and behold, it was morning, and numbered the people, and hid in his tent, and the silver under it. went up, he and the elders of Israel, be

23 And they took them out of the midst tore the people to Ai. of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, 11 And all the people, even the people and unto all the children of Israel, and of war that were with him, went up, and laid them out before the LORD.

drew nigh, and came before the city, and 24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, pitched on the north side of Ai: now there took Achan the son of Zerah, and the sil. was a valley between them and Ai. ver, and the garment, and the wedge of 12 And he took ahout five thousand gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and men, and set them to lie in ambush behis oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and tween Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of his tent, and all that he had: and they the city. brought them unto the valley of Achor. 13 And when they had set the people,

25 And Joshua said, Why bast thou even all the host that was on the north of troubled us ? the Lord shall trouble thee the city, and their liers in wait on the west this day. And all Israel stoned him with of the city, Joshua went that night into the stones, and burned them with fire, after midst of the valley. they had stoned them with stones.

14 T And it came to pass when the king 26 And they raised over him a great of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD early, and the men of the city went out turned from the fierceness of his anger: against Israel to battle, he and all his peowherefore the name of that place was call-ple, at a time appointed, before the plain: ed, The valley of Achor, unto this day. but he wist not that there were liers in amCHAP. VIII.

bush against him behind the city. ANDE the herbesaid unto Joshua; Fear 15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if

not, neither be thou dismayed: take they were beaten before them, and fed by all the people of war with thee, and arise, the way of the wilderness. go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy 16 And all the people that were in Ai hand the king of Ai, and his people, and were called together to pursue after them: his city, and his land:

and they pursued after Joshua, and were 2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king, drawn away from the city. as thou didst unto Jericho and her king : 17 And there was not a man left in Ai, only the spoil thereof, and the cattle there- or Beth-el, that went not out after Israel : of, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: and they left the city open, and pursued lay thee an ambush for the city behind it. after Israel.

3 | So Joshua arose, and all the people 18 And the LORD said uuto Joshua, of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand tochose out thirty thousand mighty men of ward_Ai; for I will give it into thy hand. valour, and sent them away by night. And Joshua stretched out the spear

that he 4 And he commanded them, saying, Be- had in his hand toward the city, hold, ye shall lie in wait ag vinst the city, 19 And the ambush arose quickly out of even behind the city: go not very far from their place, and they ran as soon as he had the city, but be ye all ready:

stretched out his hand : and they entered 5 And I, and all the people that are into the city, and took it, and basted, and with me, will approach unto the city: and set the city on fire. it shall come to pass when they come out 20 And when the nien of Ai looked be. against us, as at the first, that we will fee hind them, they saw, and behold, the smoke before them,

of the city ascended up to heaven, and 6 (For they will come out after us) till they had no power to tiee this way or tha we have drawn them from the city; for way: and the people that led to the wilthey will say, They flee before us, as at derness turned back upon


pursuers. the first: therefore we will flee before them. 21 And when Joshua and all Israel saw

7 Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, that the ambush had taken the city, and and seize upon the city: for the LORD your that the smoke of the city ascended, then God will deliver it into your hand. they turned again, and slew the men of Ai.

8 And it shall be when ye have taken 22 And the other issued out of the city the city, that ye shall set the city on fire : against them; so they were in the midst of according to the commandmentor the Lord Israel, some on this side, and some on that shall ye do. See, I have commanded you. side : and they smote them, so that they

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