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Joshua 6

Jericho is shut up.

Joshua 6:1 And Iericho was shut vp, & locked because of þe children of Israel, nether myght anye man go out or in.

God instructeth Joshua how to besiege it.

Joshua 6:2 And the Lord sayd vnto Iosua: beholde, I haue geuen into thyne hand Iericho and her kynge and the strong men of warre. Joshua 6:3 And ye shall compasse the cytie, all ye that be men of warre, & go rounde aboute it once and so shall you do syxe dayes. Joshua 6:4 And seuen preastes shall beare before the Arke, seuen trompettes of rammes hornes. And the seuenth daye, ye shal compasse the cytie seuen tymes, and the preastes shall blowe with the trompettes. Joshua 6:5 And when they make a longe blaste wyth the rammes horne, & ye heare the sounde of the horne, all the people shal showte wt a great showte. And then shall the wall of þe citie fall doune, and the people shall ascende vp, euery man streight before him.

Joshua 6:6 And Iosua the sonne of Nun, called the preastes, and sayde vnto them: take vp the arcke of the appointement, & lett seuen preastes beare seuen trompettes of rammes hornes before the arcke of the Lorde, Joshua 6:7 And he sayde vnto the people, go and compasse the cytie: and lett him þt is harnessed, go before the arcke of the Lorde.

Joshua 6:8 And when Iosua had spoken vnto the people, the seuen preastes bare the seuen trompettes of rammes hornes, and went forth before the arcke of the Lorde, & blewe with the trompettes, and the arcke of the couenaunt of the Lorde folowed them.

Joshua 6:9 And all the men of armes went before the Preastes, that blewe with the trompettes, and the commen people came after the arke: and the prestes that went blewe with trompettes. Joshua 6:10 And Iosua commaunded the people sayinge: Ye shall not showte, ner make any noyse wt youre voyce, neither shal any worde procede out of youre mouthe, vntill þe daye I bid you showte, then shall ye showte.

The city is compassed.

Joshua 6:11 And so þe arcke of the Lord compased the cytie, and went aboute it once: and they retourned into the hoste, and lodged there.

Joshua 6:12 And Iosua rose erly in the mornyng, and the Preastes toke vp þe arcke of the Lorde, Joshua 6:13 and seuen Preastes bare seuen trompettes of rammes hornes, & went before the arcke of the Lorde, and blew with the trompettes. And all the men of armes went before them, but the comen people came after the arcke of the Lorde, which went before with the blowing of the trompettes. Joshua 6:14 And the seconde daye they compased the cytie once, & retourned agayne into the hoste, & so they dyd sixe dayes. Joshua 6:15 And when the seuenth daye came, they rose erlye: euen with the dawninge of þe daye, and compased the cytie after the same maner seuen tymes: only that daye they compased the cytie seuen tymes. Joshua 6:16 And at the seuenth tyme, whan þe preastes blewe wt the trompettes, Iosua sayd vnto þe people: showt, for þe Lorde hath geuen you þe cytie.

It must be cursed.

Joshua 6:17 And the cytie shalbe damned bothe it and all that are therin, vnto the Lorde: onlye Rahab the harlot shall lyue, and all that are with her in the house, because she hidd the messengers that we sent. Joshua 6:18 And in anywise be ye ware of the excommunicate thinges, lest ye make youre selues excommunicate, & take of the excommunicate thinges, and make þe hoste of Israel excommunicate and trouble it. Joshua 6:19 But all þe siluer, golde, vesselles of brasse, & yron shalbe consecrate vnto the Lorde, & shal come into his treasurie.

The walls fall down.

Joshua 6:20 And the people showted, and blewe wyth trompettes. And when the people heard þe sounde of the trompe, they showted wt a great showt: & the wall fell downe, so þt the people went vp into þe cytie, euery man streyght before him, Joshua 6:21 & toke þe citie. And they vtterly destroyed all þt was in the cytie, bothe man and woman, younge and olde, oxe, shepe & Asse, with the edge of the swerde.

Rahab is saved.

Joshua 6:22 Then Iosua sayde vnto the two men that had spyed out þe contreye: goo into þe harlottes house, and bringe out thense the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware to her, Joshua 6:23 And the younge men that were spyes, went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father and mother and her brethren, and all þt she had. And they brought out all her kinred, & put them without the hoste of Israel Joshua 6:24 And they burnt the cytie with fier, and all that was therin. Only the siluer and þe golde, the vessels of brasse and yron, they put vnto þe treasure of the house of þe Lord Joshua 6:25 And Iosua saued Rahab the harlott, & her fathers housholde, and all that she had, & she dwelt in Israel, euen vnto this daye because she hidd the messengers, which Iosua sent to spye out Iericho.

The builder of Jericho is cursed.

Joshua 6:26 And Iosua sware at that tyme, sayinge: cursed be the man before the Lorde, that riseth vp, & bildeth this citie Iericho: he shall laye the foundacion in his eldest sonne, and in his youngest sonne shal he sett vp the gates of it. Joshua 6:27 And so the Lord was wt Iosua, and his fame was noysed thorowe out all landes.

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