12. The Destruction of Jericho (Jos 6)

Joshua Chapter 6:1-27
Jos 6:1-27 And Jericho was closed, and was shut in from the face of the sons of Israel; no one going out, and no one coming in. (2) And Jehovah said to Joshua, See I have given Jericho and its king, mighty warriors, into your hand. (3) And you shall go around the city, all the men of battle, going around the city once; so you shall do six days. (4) And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. And on the seventh day you shall go around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the rams’ horns. (5) And it shall be, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the ram’s horn, all the people shall shout with a great shout. And the wall of the city shall fall down flat; and the people shall go up, each man in front of him. (6) And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of Jehovah. (7) And he said to the people, Pass on, go around the city, and he who is armed shall go on before the ark of Jehovah. (8) And it happened, when Joshua spoke to the people, the seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before Jehovah passed on and blew with the rams’ horns. And the ark of the covenant of Jehovah went after them. (9) And he who was armed went before the priests blowing the rams’ horns. And the rear guard after the ark, going on and blowing with the rams’ horns. (10) And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, You shall not shout, nor cause your voice to be heard, nor shall there go from your mouth a word until the day I say to you, Shout! Then you shall shout. (11) And the ark of Jehovah went around the city, going around one time. And they came into the camp, and remained in the camp. (12) And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests bore the ark of Jehovah. (13) And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns were walking before the ark of Jehovah, going on, and were blowing with the rams’ horns. And he who was armed went before them. And the rear guard went behind the ark of Jehovah, going on and blowing with the rams’ horns. (14) And they circled the city on the second day one time, and returned to the camp. So they did six days. (15) And it happened on the seventh day, they rose early, at the dawning of the day, and went around the city seven times in the same way. Only on that day they circled the city seven times. (16) And it happened at the seventh time the priests blew with the rams’ horns. And Joshua said to the people, Shout! For Jehovah has given you the city. (17) And the city shall be devoted to Jehovah, it and all that are in it. Only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all who are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. (18) And you shall certainly keep clear of the devoted things, that you not become accursed by taking from the devoted things, and shall make the camp of Israel become accursed, and trouble it. (19) And all the silver and gold, and vessels of bronze and iron, they are holy to Jehovah; they shall come into the treasury of Jehovah. (20) And the people shouted, and blew with the ram’s horns, and it happened, when the people heard the sound of the ram’s horn, the people shouted a great shout. And the wall fell under it; and the people went up into the city, each man in front of him; and they captured the city. (21) And they destroyed all that was in the city, from man even to woman, from young even to aged, and to ox, and sheep, and ass, by the mouth of the sword. (22) And Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, Go into the house of the woman, the harlot, and bring the woman out from there, and all whom she has, as you have sworn to her. (23) And the young men, the spies, went in and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brothers, and all whom she had; yea, they brought all her family, and set them outside the camp of Israel. (24) And they burned the city with fire, and all that was in it. Only they gave the silver and the gold, and the vessels of bronze, and of iron, to the treasury of the house of Jehovah. (25) And Joshua kept alive Rahab the harlot, and the house of her father, and all whom she had. And she lives in the midst of Israel to this day. For she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho. (26) And at that time Joshua adjured, saying, Cursed be the man who rises up before the face of Jehovah and builds this city of Jericho. He shall lay its foundation in his first-born, and he shall set up its doors in his youngest son. (27) And Jehovah was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.

Apocalypse Explained 700d [16 &17]
[16] The sounding of the trumpets by the priests signified the proclamation of Divine truth from Divine good; the shouting and acclamation of the people signified consent and confirmation; compassing the city signified a survey of falsity and evil and their dispersion by the influx of Divine truth from the Lord; this influx was signified by carrying the ark about it. The priests were seven in number, and the city was compassed seven days, and seven times on the seventh day, to signify what is holy, and the holy proclamation of Divine truth, “seven” signifying holiness, and in the contrary sense profaneness, and as there was holiness on the one part and profaneness on the other, there were seven priests with seven trumpets, and the city was compassed seven times.

[17] The gold, the silver, and the vessels of brass and iron, were put into the treasury of the house of Jehovah, because these signified the knowledges of spiritual and natural truth and good, “gold and silver” the knowledges of spiritual truth and good, and “the vessels of brass and iron” knowledges of natural truth and good, which with those who profane are changed into direful falsities and evils; but as they continue to be knowledges, although applied to evils, they are serviceable to use with the good by application to what is good, and therefore these things were put into the treasury of the house of Jehovah. This also is what is meant by the “pounds” [minae] that were taken away from the evil and given to the good; likewise by the “unrighteous mammon;” also by “the gold, silver, and raiment,” that the sons of Israel took away from the Egyptians and afterwards devoted to the tabernacle; and also by “the gold and silver” that David gathered from the spoils of enemies, and left to Solomon for building the temple.

 

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