Now the gates of Jericho(A) were securely barred because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered(B) Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns(C) in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.(D) When you hear them sound a long blast(E) on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout;(F) then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.”

So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant of the Lord and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of it.”(G) And he ordered the army, “Advance(H)! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark(I) of the Lord.”

When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them. The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard(J) followed the ark. All this time the trumpets were sounding. 10 But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!(K) 11 So he had the ark of the Lord carried around the city, circling it once. Then the army returned to camp and spent the night there.

12 Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the Lord. 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. 14 So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.

15 On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.(L) 16 The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!(M) 17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a](N) to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute(O) and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid(P) the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things,(Q) 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(R) and bring trouble(S) on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron(T) are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”

20 When the trumpets sounded,(U) the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout,(V) the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.(W) 21 They devoted(X) the city to the Lord and destroyed(Y) with the sword every living thing in it—men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.

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  1. Joshua 6:17 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 18 and 21.


耶利哥的城门因以色列人就关得严紧,无人出入。 耶和华晓谕约书亚说:“看哪,我已经把耶利哥耶利哥的王,并大能的勇士,都交在你手中。 你们的一切兵丁要围绕这城,一日围绕一次,六日都要这样行。 七个祭司要拿七个羊角走在约柜前。到第七日,你们要绕城七次,祭司也要吹角。 他们吹的角声拖长,你们听见角声,众百姓要大声呼喊,城墙就必塌陷,各人都要往前直上。” 的儿子约书亚召了祭司来,吩咐他们说:“你们抬起约柜来,要有七个祭司拿七个羊角走在耶和华的约柜前。” 又对百姓说:“你们前去绕城,带兵器的要走在耶和华的约柜前。”

约书亚对百姓说完了话,七个祭司拿七个羊角走在耶和华面前吹角,耶和华的约柜在他们后面跟随。 带兵器的走在吹角的祭司前面,后队随着约柜行。祭司一面走一面吹。 10 约书亚吩咐百姓说:“你们不可呼喊,不可出声,连一句话也不可出你们的口,等到我吩咐你们呼喊的日子,那时才可以呼喊。” 11 这样,他使耶和华的约柜绕城,把城绕了一次。众人回到营里,就在营里住宿。

12 约书亚清早起来,祭司又抬起耶和华的约柜。 13 七个祭司拿七个羊角在耶和华的约柜前,时常行走吹角。带兵器的在他们前面走,后队随着耶和华的约柜行。祭司一面走一面吹。 14 第二日,众人把城绕了一次,就回营里去。六日都是这样行。


15 第七日清早,黎明的时候,他们起来,照样绕城七次。唯独这日把城绕了七次。 16 到了第七次,祭司吹角的时候,约书亚吩咐百姓说:“呼喊吧!因为耶和华已经把城交给你们了。 17 这城和其中所有的都要在耶和华面前毁灭,只有妓女喇合与她家中所有的可以存活,因为她隐藏了我们所打发的使者。 18 至于你们,务要谨慎,不可取那当灭的物,恐怕你们取了那当灭的物就连累以色列的全营,使全营受咒诅。 19 唯有金子、银子和铜铁的器皿,都要归耶和华为圣,必入耶和华的库中。” 20 于是百姓呼喊,祭司也吹角。百姓听见角声,便大声呼喊,城墙就塌陷。百姓便上去进城,各人往前直上,将城夺取。 21 又将城中所有的,不拘男女老少,牛羊和驴,都用刀杀尽。

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