In verse one, we find Jericho “shut up inside and outside” as they fear the approach of God’s people. Remember that Canaan is a land full of savagely wicked people, and they have determined their fate by evil such as the sacrifice of children. God is bringing their debase society to an end after many hundreds of years of opportunity to change. Now they will have seven days to watch God’s people march around the walls of their city without so much as a word – only the sound of the priests blowing their trumpets will they hear.
At God’s instruction, thousands of armed men led the march once per day for six days around Jericho. Behind them, the priests with their trumpets, the Ark of the Covenant, and finally the rear guard. On the seventh day, they march around seven times, and after the trumpets blow, Joshua gives the command for all of the people to shout, and the Lord brought the walls down as promised. Joshua sends the two spies to get Rahab and her family as promised in Joshua 2:17-20; and the city is captured. Joshua’s oath in verse 26 was fulfilled in 1 Kings 16:34.
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