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(Josh 5:13-15) And it came to pass, when Joshua [a type and shadow of Jesus Christ] was by Jericho [Heb: fragrant /// the moon] [in the Promised Land], that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man [an angelic manifestation of Jesus Christ] over against him with his sword [the Word of God: Rev 19:13] drawn in his hand [Heb: power] [i.e., prepared for war]: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth [in recognition of holiness, as Lot did to the two angels], and did worship [Heb: do reverence], and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy [“And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” Exo 3:5]. And Joshua did so [equivalent to “Here am I.” Exo 3:4].

  1. Commentary: Joshua = The name “Joshua” in Hebrew means “Jehovah saves” or “Jehovah is salvation.” The Greek form for this name is “Jesus.”

  2. Commentary: Jericho = The Canaanite city of Jericho was located on the east side of the Promised Land near the river Jordan and covered five to eight acres. It was a notable fortress city with walls as high a thirty feet and twenty feet thick, and considered to be invincible by the Canaanites because it was protected by the Canaanite gods, and a physically discouragingly imposing structure in itself.

  3. Commentary: “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy” = The sense of this phrase was first spoken to Moses at the burning bush prior to Moses being given the command to “bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” Exo 3:10. Now, the unrecorded command to Joshua was perhaps “bring forth my people the children of Isreal into the Promised Land.”


(Josh 6:1-5) Now Jericho was straitly shut up [Heb: sagar, sagar; closed up] because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand [Heb: power] [the victory over] Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valour. And ye shall compass [Heb: surround] the city, all ye men of war [over 600,000 warriors], and go round about the city once. Thus shalt thou do six days. And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets. And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people [about 2,000,000] shall shout [Heb: mar (espec. by breaking), fig. to split the ears (with sound): triump] with a great shout [Heb: clamor, acclamation of joy or a battle cry, esp. the clangor of trumpets, as an alarm]; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat [Heb: under itself], and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him [a type and shadow of the “rapture”].

  1. (Josh 2:9-11) And she [Rahab] said unto the [two] men [spies], I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror [Heb: dread, fright, fear] is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint [Heb: melt] because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og [a king of the giants who had an iron bed 9 cubits by four cubits: Deut 3:11], whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath [Rahab the harlot received salvation].

(Josh 6:6,7) And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD. And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed [Heb: equipped for fight] pass on before [in front of] the ark of the LORD.

  1. Commentary: “the ark of the covenant” = was the shittim wood (treasure) chest/coffin (a type and shadow of us) that contained the two tables of testimony, the golden pot of manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded. The ark of the covenant is also a type and shadow of the throne of God, herein being taken up and borne about by priests touching only the two supporting wooden staves at either side.

(Josh 6:8-10) And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them. And the armed men went before the priests that blew with the trumpets, and the rereward [“rear guard” NKJV] came after the ark, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. And Joshua had commanded the people [about 2,000,000], saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

  1. (Judg 7:18) When I [Gideon – a type and shadow of Jesus Christ] blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say [shout], The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.

(Josh 6:11-14) So the ark of the LORD compassed the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp. And Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the LORD. And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went before them; but the rereward [“rear guard” NKJV] came after the ark of the LORD, the priests going on, and blowing with the trumpets. And the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp: so they did six days.

(Josh 6:15-17) And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed [marched around] the city seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city. And the city shall be accursed [Heb: doomed, exterminated: utterly destroyed], even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers [Heb: malak; angels] [1st of 4 references in this chapter, but never a mention of their names] that we sent.

(Josh 6:18-21) And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated [Heb: dedicated] unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD. So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat [Heb: under itself], so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword [and no Isrealites died].

(Josh 6:22-25) But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her. And the young men that were spies [still no mention of their names] went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel. And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

(Josh 6:26,27) And Joshua adjured [Heb: charged (with/by an oath)] them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

  1. (1 Kings 16:34) In his days did Hiel the Bethelite [re-] build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.