Understanding the Scriptures
|Straitly (v. 1)||Tightly|
|Mighty men of valour (v. 2)||Trained soldiers or warriors|
|Bear before (v. 4)||Carry in front of|
|Bid you (v. 10)||Tell you to|
|Accursed (vv. 17–18)||Utterly destroyed by God|
|Kindred (v. 23)||Family|
|Without (v. 23)||Outside|
|In his firstborn (v. 26)||By losing his firstborn child to death|
|In his youngest son (v. 26)||By losing his youngest son to death|
|Noised (v. 27)||Talked about|
Notice how many times the number seven is used in this story. In Hebrew, seven (sheva) means “whole, complete, or perfect.” By using the number seven the Lord emphasized that if Israel wholly kept His commandments and their covenants with Him, they would be successful.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Joshua 6.
Describe the Battle of Jericho
Briefly describe the battle of Jericho, making sure to include the following words: surround, trumpet, seven, ark, and Rahab.
How Did They Feel? What Did They Think?
Write something you think each of the following people thought or felt as a part of the conquest of Jericho: an Israelite priest with a trumpet, a soldier in the army, a cousin to Rahab, and a citizen of Jericho. Jericho was the first city the armies of Israel battled after entering the land of Canaan. What do you think the children of Israel should have learned from how they won this battle that could have helped them as they continued their conquest of the promised land?