Matthew Bible

Joshua 6

Jericho is shut up.

Joshua 6:1 And Iericho shut in her people, & was shut for feare of the chyldren of Israel, so that no man went out or in.

God instructeth Joshua how to besiege it.

Joshua 6:2 And þe Lorde sayde vnto Iosua: beholde, I haue geuen into thyne hand Iericho & her kynge & the men of warre. Joshua 6:3 And ye shall compasse the citie, al that be men of warre, & go rounde about it once: & so shall you do syxe dayes. Joshua 6:4 And seuen priestes shall beare seuen trompettes of rammes hornes before the arcke. And the seuenth daye ye shall compasse the cytye seuen tymes, & the Priestes shall blowe wyth theyr trompettes. Joshua 6:5 And when there is a longe blaste blowen wyth the rammes horne, assone as ye heare the sounde of the horne, let all the people showte a myghtye showte. And then shal the walles of the cyty falle doune, and the people shall ascende vp, euerye man strayght before hym.

Joshua 6:6 And Iosua the sonne of Nun, called vnto the priestes, and sayde vnto them: take vp the arcke of the appoyntement, and let seuen Priestes beare seuen trompettes of rammes hornes before the arcke of the Lorde. Joshua 6:7 And he sayd vnto the people, go and compasse þe citie: and let the men of armes go before the arcke of the Lorde.

Joshua 6:8 And when Iosua had spoken vnto the people, the seuen Priestes that bare the seuen trompettes of rammes hornes before the arcke of the Lorde, wente forthe and blew wyth the hornes, and the arcke of the Testament of the Lorde folowed after them.

Joshua 6:9 And þe men of armes wente before the priestes that blewe wyth the hornes, and the common people came after the arcke: & as they went, they blew with the hornes. Joshua 6:10 And Iosua commaunded the people, sayinge: showt not nor let your voyce be hearde, or any worde proceade out of your mouthes, vntyll the daye I byd you showt: & then showte.

The city is compassed.

Joshua 6:11 And so the arcke of the Lorde compased the cytye and went aboute it once: and then they returned into the hoste and lodged there.

Joshua 6:12 And Iosua rose erly in the mornynge, and the preastes toke vp the arcke of the Lorde, Joshua 6:13 & seuen priestes bare seuen trompettes of rammes hornes before the arcke of the Lord, & as they went blew with the hornes. And the men of armes went before them, & the common people came after the arcke of the Lorde, & as they wente, they blewe wyth the hornes. Joshua 6:14 And the seconde day they compased the citie once, & returned agayne into the hoste, & so they dyd .vi. dayes longe. Joshua 6:15 And the seuenth daye they rose erlye: euen with the dawnynge of the day, and compased the cytye after the same maner seuen tymes: onlye that they compased the cyty seuen times. Joshua 6:16 And at the seuenthe tyme, the priestes blew wyth the hornes, & Iosua sayde vnto the people, showte for the Lorde hath geuen you the cytye.

It must be cursed.

Joshua 6:17 But the cytye shalbe excommunicate, bothe it and all that is therein, vnto the Lord: onelye Rahab the harlot shall lyue, bothe she and all that is wyth her in the house, because she hydde the messengers that we sent. Joshua 6:18 And in any wyse beware of the excommunicate thynges, leaste ye make your selues excommunicate. For yf you take of the excommunicate thynges, so shall you make the hoste of Israel excommunicate and shall trouble it. Joshua 6:19 But of the syluer, golde, vesselles of brasse, & yron shalbe holye vnto the Lorde, and shall go in to hys treasurye.

The walls fall down.

Joshua 6:20 And the people cryed, and blewe with hornes: for when the people hearde the sounde of the hornes, they showted a great showte: and the walles fell doune, and the people wente vp into the cytye, euerye man strayght before hym, Joshua 6:21 and toke the cytye. And they vtterlye destroyed al that was in the cytye, bothe man and woman, younge & olde, oxe, shepe, & Asse, wyth the edge of the swerde.

Rahab is saved.

Joshua 6:22 Then Iosua sayde vnto the two men that went to spye oute the countreye: go into the harlottes house, and bryng out thence, bothe the woman & all that pertayneth to her, as ye sware to her. Joshua 6:23 And the younge men þt were spyes wente in, and brought oute Rahab, and her father, and mother, and all her brethren and all that she had. And they brought oute al her housholde, and put them wythout þe hoste of Israel. Joshua 6:24 And they burnt the cytye with fyre, and al that was therein. Only the syluer, þe golde, & the thynges of brasse, and yeron they put vnto the treasure of the house of the Lorde. Joshua 6:25 And Iosua saued Rahab the harlotte, & her fathers housholde and all that pertayned vnto her, & she dwelte in Israel, euen vnto thys daye, because she hydde þe messengers whiche Iosua sent to spye out Iericho.

The builder of Jericho is cursed.

Joshua 6:26 And Iosua cursed at that tyme, saying, cursed be the man before the Lorde, that ryseth vp and buyldeth thys citie Iericho: so that he laye the foundacyon wyth the death of hys eldest sonne, & with the death, of hys youngest set vp the gates. Joshua 6:27 And the Lorde was wyth Iosua, and hys fame was hearde, thorowout all landes.

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