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Joshua 6:26 Then Joshua made them take an oath at that time, saying, "Cursed before the LORD is the man who rises up and builds this city Jericho; with [the loss of] his first-born he shall lay its foundation, and with [the loss of] his youngest son he shall set up its gates."

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      Jos 6:26, 27. THE REBUILDER OF JERICHO CURSED.

      26. Joshua adjured them at that time--that is, imposed upon his countrymen a solemn oath, binding on themselves as well as their posterity, that they would never rebuild that city. Its destruction was designed by God to be a permanent memorial of His abhorrence of idolatry and its attendant vices.
      Cursed be the man . . . that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho--that is, makes the daring attempt to build.
      he shall lay the foundation thereof in his first-born, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it--shall become childless--the first beginning being marked by the death of his oldest son, and his only surviving child dying at the time of its completion. This curse was accomplished five hundred fifty years after its denunciation (see on 1Ki 16:34).

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Brief Summary: Joshua opened the campaign with the siege of Jericho, a city which could not trust so much to the courage of its people as to act offensively, and to send out its forces to oppose Israel's landing and encamping, but trusted so much to the strength of its walls as to stand upon its defence, and not to surrender, or desire conditions of peace. Now here we have the story of the taking of it, I. The directions and assurances which the captain of the Lord's host gave concerning it (v. 1-5). II. The trial of the people's patient obedience in walking round the city six days (v. 6-14). III. The wonderful delivery of it into their hands the seventh day, with a solemn charge to them to use it as a devoted thing (v. 15-21and 24). IV. The preservation of Rahab and her relations (v. 22, v. 23, v. 25). V. A curse pronounced upon the man that should dare to rebuild this city (v. 26, v. 27). An abstract of this story we find among the trophies of faith, Heb. 11:30 . "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.''

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Joshua 6:4 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.

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