17 The city and all that is in it are to be devoted[a](A) to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute(B) and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid(C) the spies we sent. 18 But keep away from the devoted things,(D) 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(E) and bring trouble(F) on it. 19 All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron(G) are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”

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

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Footnotes

  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.