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saying, “Shout, for the Lord hath given you the city.”

Then all the people shouted with a great shout, together with the blast of the trumpets; and even as God bad promised, the wall of Jericho fell down flat, so that the Israelites had nothing to do but go straight in, and take the city.

But before the people went in, Joshua gave them very strict commands as to God's will about the city. He had cursed it, and all therein; and the people were forbidden to take anything whatever as spoil, lest they should bring a curse upon the camp of Israel, and trouble it. Everything in the city was to be burnt, except the gold and silver, and all vessels of brass and iron, which were to be offered to the LORD, and put into the treasury of the house of the LORD. All the cattle, and every man and woman, young and old, were to be slain with the sword; only excepting Rahab and her family. Joshua sent the two men whose lives Rahab had saved, to her house, and they brought her, and her father and mother, her brethren, and all she had, safe into the camp of Israel, and she dwelt among the Israelites all the rest of her life.

Then God's sentence was fulfilled upon the city; every one was utterly destroyed, and every ox, and sheep, and ass was killed, the city and all it contained was burnt with fire, and Joshua solemnly spoke God's curse upon the place where the city had stood, saying, “Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho.”

Thus the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame, and the fear of him, and his mighty deeds spread very greatly everywhere through the Land of Canaan.

THE SIN OF ACHAN.

THERE was another city called Ai, against which Joshua had to go up next. He first sent some men to view the country and the town; and when these men came back they advised Joshua not to send all the army against Ai, but some thousands only, because the place was not very strong. So he sent about three thousand only, but they did not succeed : on the contrary, they fled from before the men of Ai, who chased them, and killed thirty-six Israelites ; and all the people were very much

afraid-their hearts melted and became as water.

Joshua did not know that the cause of this defeat was the disobedience of an Israelite, who had taken some spoil out of Jericho, and thus brought "a curse and trouble” into the camp, as the Lord had said.

So Joshua and the Elders of Israel rent their clothes, and put dust upon their heads, and with great sorrow and penitence. fell to the earth on their faces before the Ark of the LORD until the eventide, and Joshua cried unto his God, “O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies ?”

But the Lord answered Joshua, saying, “Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed My Covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff: therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among

you.”

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afraid—their hearts melted and became as water.

Joshua did not know that the cause of this defeat was the disobedience of an Israelite, who had taken some spoil out of Jericho, and thus brought "a curse and trouble” into the camp, as the Lord had said.

So Joshua and the Elders of Israel rent their clothes, and put dust upon their heads, and with great sorrow and penitence. fell to the earth on their faces before the Ark of the LORD until the eventide, and Joshua cried unto his God, “O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies ?"

But the Lord answered Joshua, saying, “Get thee up;

wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed My Covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff: therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among

you."

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