1 Now Jericho was strongly fortified because of the Israelites—no one leaving or entering.
2 The Lord said to Joshua, “Look, I have handed Jericho, its king, and its fighting men over to you.
3 March around the city with all the men of war, circling the city one time. Do this for six days.
4 Have seven priests carry seven ram’s-horn trumpets in front of the ark. But on the seventh day, march around the city seven times, while the priests blow the trumpets.
5 When there is a prolonged blast of the horn and you hear its sound, have all the people give a mighty shout. Then the city wall will collapse, and the people will advance, each man straight ahead.”
6 So Joshua son of Nun summoned the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant and have seven priests carry seven trumpets in front of the ark of the Lord.”
7 He said to the people, “Move forward, march around the city, and have the armed troops go ahead of the ark of the Lord.”
8 After Joshua had spoken to the people, seven priests carrying seven trumpets before the Lord moved forward and blew the trumpets; the ark of the Lord’s covenant followed them.
9 While the trumpets were blowing, the armed troops went in front of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard went behind the ark.
10 But Joshua had commanded the people: “Do not shout or let your voice be heard. Don’t let one word come out of your mouth until the time I say, ‘Shout!’ Then you are to shout.”
11 So the ark of the Lord was carried around the city, circling it once. They returned to the camp and spent the night there.
12 Joshua got up early the next morning. The priests took the ark of the Lord,
13 and the seven priests carrying seven trumpets marched in front of the ark of the Lord. While the trumpets were blowing, the armed troops went in front of them, and the rear guard went behind the ark of the Lord.
14 On the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.
15 Early on the seventh day, they started at dawn and marched around the city seven times in the same way. That was the only day they marched around the city seven times.
16 After the seventh time, the priests blew the trumpets, and Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city.
17 But the city and everything in it are set apart to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and everyone with her in the house will live, because she hid the men we sent.
18 But keep yourselves from the things set apart, or you will be set apart for destruction. If you take any of those things, you will set apart the camp of Israel for destruction and bring disaster on it.
19 For all the silver and gold, and the articles of bronze and iron, are dedicated to the Lord and must go into the Lord’s treasury.”
20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets sounded. When they heard the blast of the trumpet, the people gave a great shout, and the wall collapsed. The people advanced into the city, each man straight ahead, and they captured the city.
21 They completely destroyed everything in the city with the sword—every man and woman, both young and old, and every ox, sheep, and donkey.
Joshua 6:1-21 (HCSB)
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield. The Lord gives grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity.
12 Happy is the person who trusts in You, Lord of Hosts!
Psalm 84:11-12 (HCSB)
1 Dishonest scales are detestable to the Lord, but an accurate weight is His delight.
2 When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the perversity of the treacherous destroys them.
4 Wealth is not profitable on a day of wrath, but righteousness rescues from death.
5 The righteousness of the blameless clears his path, but the wicked person will fall because of his wickedness.
6 The righteousness of the upright rescues them, but the treacherous are trapped by their own desires.
7 When the wicked man dies, his expectation comes to nothing, and hope placed in wealth vanishes.
8 The righteous one is rescued from trouble; in his place, the wicked one goes in.
9 With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous are rescued.
10 When the righteous thrive, a city rejoices, and when the wicked die, there is joyful shouting.
11 A city is built up by the blessing of the upright, but it is torn down by the mouth of the wicked.
12 Whoever shows contempt for his neighbor lacks sense, but a man with understanding keeps silent.
13 A gossip goes around revealing a secret, but a trustworthy person keeps a confidence.
14 Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.
15 If someone puts up security for a stranger, he will suffer for it, but the one who hates such agreements is protected.
16 A gracious woman gains honor, but violent men gain only riches.
17 A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings disaster on himself.
18 The wicked man earns an empty wage, but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward.
19 Genuine righteousness leads to life, but pursuing evil leads to death.
20 Those with twisted minds are detestable to the Lord, but those with blameless conduct are His delight.
21 Be assured that the wicked will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will escape.
22 A beautiful woman who rejects good sense is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.
23 The desire of the righteous turns out well, but the hope of the wicked leads to wrath.
24 One person gives freely, yet gains more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor.
25 A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water will receive water.
26 People will curse anyone who hoards grain, but a blessing will come to the one who sells it.
27 The one who searches for what is good finds favor, but if someone looks for trouble, it will come to him.
28 Anyone trusting in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.
29 The one who brings ruin on his household will inherit the wind, and a fool will be a slave to someone whose heart is wise.
30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, but violence takes lives.
31 If the righteous will be repaid on earth, how much more the wicked and sinful.
Proverbs 11:1-31 (HCSB)
2 This is the word of the Lord your Maker who formed you from the womb; He will help you: Do not fear; Jacob is My servant; I have chosen Jeshurun.
Isaiah 44:2 (HCSB)
20 The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more
Romans 5:20 (HCSB)