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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Joshua 6:17-27

The people had religiously observed the orders given them concerning the besieging of Jericho, and now at length Joshua had told them (Josh. 6:16), ?The Lord hath given you the city, enter and take possession.? Accordingly in these verses we have, I. The rules they were to observe in taking possession. God gives it to them, and therefore may direct it to what uses and intents, and clog it with what provisos and limitations he thinks fit. It is given to them to be devoted to God, as the first... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 6:26

And Joshua adjured them at that time ,.... When the city was burnt and spoiled; not that he adjured the people individually, or one by one, which was not very practicable, but in a general way: saying, cursed be the man before the Lord ; let him be cursed by him with the curses written in the book of the law; and let him be driven from him, from his presence, as Cain was: that riseth up, and buildeth this city Jericho ; that rises up in future time, and rebuilds it; for it cannot... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 6:26

And Joshua adjured them at that time - It appears that he had received intimations from God that this idolatrous city should continue a monument of the Divine displeasure: and having convened the princes and elders of the people, he bound them by an oath that they should never rebuild it; and then, in their presence, pronounced a curse upon the person who should attempt it. The ruins of this city continuing would be a permanent proof, not only of God's displeasure against... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 6:26

Verse 26 26.And Joshua adjured them, etc This adjuration, then, was not merely to have effect for one day, but to warn posterity through all ages that that city had been taken only by divine power. He wished, therefore, that the ruins and devastation should exist for ever as a kind of trophy; because the rebuilding of it would have been equivalent to an erasure effacing the miracle. In order, therefore, that the desolate appearance of the place might keep the remembrance of the divine power and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 6:22-27

Salvation: its Cause and Effects 1. The first lesson we learn from this portion of the narrative is salvation by faith. Had Rahab not believed in God, she would not have saved the sides; and had she not saved the spies, she would not have been saved herself. We have St. James's authority ( Joshua 2:1-24 :25) for citing this passage as an illustration of the connection between faith and works. I. WORKS " DO SPRING NECESSARILY OUT OF A LIVELY FAITH ." Had Rahab not... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 6:26

And Joshua adjured them . Caused them to swear, i.e; bound them by an oath, as the Hiphil implies here. This was the strict meaning of "adjure" at the time our version was made (cf. Matthew 26:63 ). But it had also the less definite meaning which it now has, of solemnly warning a person to do something or to leave it undone. The object of this solemn adjuration (see above) was to preserve Jericho as a spot devoted to God for ever; and for this reason a curse was pronounced upon any one... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Joshua 6:26

Adjured - i. e. put an oath upon them; or, perhaps, actually caused them themselves to take an oath (compare Matthew 26:63). The words of the oath have in the original a rhythmical character which would tend to keep them on the lips and in the memory of the people.Buildeth this city - i. e. rebuilds the fortifications. Jericho was at once occupied by the Benjamites. Joshua 18:21, and the natural advantages of the situation were such that it would not be likely to be left long desolate. Joshua... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Joshua 6:26

Joshua 6:26. Joshua adjured them at that time Hebrew, ישׁבע , jashbang, he made them to swear. As soon as the city was destroyed, it seems, he convened the heads of the tribes, to signify to them that it was the will of God this idolatrous city should never be rebuilt, and then engaged them to take an oath that they would leave it in ruins. And they doubtless bound the people in like manner not to rebuild it, on pain of the divine malediction. Cursed be the man before the Lord That is,... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Joshua 6:1-27

Click image for full-size version6:1-12:24 CONQUEST OF THE LANDDestruction of the CanaanitesThe following chapters show that the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan was well planned. First they won control of the central region (Chapters 6-9). This created a division between the northern and southern regions, and so prevented Canaanite tribes throughout the country from joining forces. Israel then had a much easier task in conquering the rest of Canaan, first the south (Chapter 10), then the north... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Joshua 6:26

man. Hebrew. ish App-14 . buildeth this city i.e. its walla and gates (Joshua 6:26 ), for Joshua himself gave it to the Benjamltes, Joshua 18:12 . Compare 2 Samuel 10:5 . See note on Joshua 6:20 . he shall lay. Prophecy fulfilled in Hiel the Beth-elite. 1 Kings 16:34 . in = in [the death of] his firstborn. read more

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