Joshua 6:7
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New International Version
And he ordered the army, "Advance! March around the city, with an armed guard going ahead of the ark of the LORD."

New Living Translation
Then he gave orders to the people: "March around the town, and the armed men will lead the way in front of the Ark of the LORD."

English Standard Version
And he said to the people, “Go forward. March around the city and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the LORD.”

New American Standard Bible
Then he said to the people, "Go forward, and march around the city, and let the armed men go on before the ark of the LORD."

King James Bible
And he said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
He said to the troops, "Move forward, march around the city, and have the armed men go ahead of the ark of the LORD."

Good News Translation
Then he ordered the people to start marching around the city, with an advance guard going on ahead of the LORD's Covenant Box.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He said to the people, "Move forward, march around the city, and have the armed troops go ahead of the ark of the LORD."

International Standard Version
He told the army, "Go out and encircle the city. Have the armed men march out in front of the ark of the LORD."

NET Bible
And he told the army, "Move ahead and march around the city, with armed troops going ahead of the ark of the LORD."

New Heart English Bible
They said to the people, "Advance. March around the city, and let the armed men pass on before the LORD's ark."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He told the troops, "March around the city. Let the armed men march ahead of the LORD's ark."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he said unto the people: 'Pass on, and compass the city, and let the armed body pass on before the ark of the LORD.'

New American Standard 1977
Then he said to the people, “Go forward, and march around the city, and let the armed men go on before the ark of the LORD.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto the people, Pass on and compass the city and let those that are armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto the people, Pass on, and march around the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

American King James Version
And he said to the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

American Standard Version
And they said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let the armed men pass on before the ark of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to the people: Go, and compass the city, armed, marching before the ark of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And he said to the people, Pass on, go round the city, and they that are armed shall pass on before the ark of Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And they said unto the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let the armed men pass on before the ark of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

World English Bible
They said to the people, "Advance! March around the city, and let the armed men pass on before Yahweh's ark."

Young's Literal Translation
and He said unto the people, 'Pass over, and compass the city, and he who is armed doth pass over before the ark of Jehovah.'
Study Bible
The Walls of Jericho
6So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD." 7Then he said to the people, "Go forward, and march around the city, and let the armed men go on before the ark of the LORD." 8And it was so, that when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the LORD went forward and blew the trumpets; and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.…
Cross References
Joshua 6:6
So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD."

Joshua 6:8
And it was so, that when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the LORD went forward and blew the trumpets; and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to the people, Pass on, and compass the city, and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the LORD.

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Joshua 6:3 And you shall compass the city, all you men of war, and go round …

Joshua 1:14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the …

Joshua 4:13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD …

(7) Pass on, and compass the city.--The meaning of this proceeding becomes clearer when we remember that the centre of the procession is the written law of God. The ark is the vessel that contains it. The armed men that precede it are its executioners. The priests who blow the trumpets are its heralds. It was this law that had brought Israel over Jordan; this law that was henceforth to be established in Canaan; this law that was about to take vengeance on the transgressors. The whole law of Moses is but the expansion of the Decalogue; and the Pentateuch contains an ample statement of the transgressions which had brought the inhabitants of Canaan under the ban of the Divine law. The seven days' march round Jericho, in absolute silence, was well calculated to impress on the inhabitants the lesson of "the forbearance of God." "These things hast thou done, and I kept silence." For several generations the long-suffering of God had waited, while "the iniquity of the Amorites was not yet full." In the first year of the Exodus He had threatened them, bringing the sword of Israel to their borders; and then He had drawn back His hand from them, and given them forty years' respite more. But now the long-suffering of God had waited long enough. The shout that burst from the lips of Israel was a signal that He would wait no longer.

Looked at thus, the shout of Israel at the sound of the trumpet on the seventh day becomes no inapt figure of that which is connected with it by the language of Holy Scripture--"the shout," accompanied by "the voice of the archangel and the trump of God," which shall notify to the world our Lord's second coming. "Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence" any more (Ps. 1. 3 and 21; 1Thessalonians 4:16).

Verse 7. - And he said. The text has they said. Our translators follow the Masoretic emendation. If we follow the original we must suppose that the priests, or, as with Keil and Knobel, the Shoterim (Joshua 1:10), conveyed Joshua's command to the troops. And he said unto the people, pass on, and compass the city,.... The women and children, the young men under twenty years of age, the unarmed part of the camp, as distinguished from the armed men:

and let him that is armed pass on before the ark of the Lord; to guard the ark, protect the priests, and defend the people, should any sally be made by the enemy upon them. These seem to design all the males that were above twenty years of age able to bear arms, and fit for war; though some restrain it to the forty thousand of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh, Joshua 1:14. 6:6-16 Wherever the ark went, the people attended it. God's ministers, by the trumpet of the everlasting gospel, which proclaims liberty and victory, must encourage the followers of Christ in their spiritual warfare. As promised deliverances must be expected in God's way, so they must be expected in his time. At last the people were to shout: they did so, and the walls fell. This was a shout of faith; they believed the walls of Jericho would fall. It was a shout of prayer; they cry to Heaven for help, and help came.
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