The Fall Of Jericho
JERICHO, that great city, was tightly shut up, because of the children of Israel;
and no one went out of the city, and no one came in.
Then the Lord told Joshua how he and the children of Israel could capture the city.
Joshua called the priests and the people and gave them their orders.
To the priests he said: "Take up the ark of the covenant and let seven priests carrying seven trumpets of rams' horns march before the ark of the Lord."
And to the people he said: "Surround the city,
and let those that are armed march before the ark of the Lord."
When Joshua had spoken to the people,
the seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns went forward before the ark of the Lord and blew on their trumpets.
The armed men went before the priests
and the rear guard followed after the ark of the Lord.
Joshua had commanded the people:"You shall not shout nor make any noise nor shall any word come out of your mouths until the day when I bid you shout.
Then you shall shout."
So the ark of the Lord circled the city, going about it once.
Then everyone came back to the camp and stayed there.
Next day Joshua rose early in the morning,
and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.
Again seven priests, bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns,
went steadily ahead, blowing on their trumpets.
The armed guard went before them,
and the rear guard came after the ark of the Lord.
The second day they circled the city once and returned to the camp.
This they did for six days.
On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawning of the day,
and circled the city in the same way seven times.
At the seventh time, while the priests blew on their trumpets,
Joshua said to the people: "Shout, for the Lord has given you the city.
And the city and everyone in it shall be accursed,
except for Rahab, who shall live, she and all that are with her in the house,
because she hid the messengers that we sent."
So the people shouted while the priests blew on their trumpets.
When the people heard the sound of the trumpet and shouted with a great shout,
the wall of Jericho fell down flat.
The people of Israel went into the city,
each man walking straight ahead,
they took the city and put all its inhabitants to the sword.
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