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The New Generation Circumcised 5:1 As soon as all the kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan to the west, and all the kings of the Canaanites who were by the sea, heard that the Lord had dried up the waters of the Jordan for the people of Israel until they had crossed over, their hearts melted and there was no longer any spirit in them because of the people of Israel.
2 At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives and circumcise the sons of Israel a second time.”
3 So Joshua made flint knives and circumcised the sons of Israel at Gibeath-haaraloth.
4 And this is the reason why Joshua circumcised them: all the males of the people who came out of Egypt, all the men of war, had died in the wilderness on the way after they had come out of Egypt.
5 Though all the people who came out had been circumcised, yet all the people who were born on the way in the wilderness after they had come out of Egypt had not been circumcised.
6 For the people of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, until all the nation, the men of war who came out of Egypt, perished, because they did not obey the voice of the Lord; the Lord swore to them that he would not let them see the land that the Lord had sworn to their fathers to give to us, a land flowing with milk and honey.
7 So it was their children, whom he raised up in their place, that Joshua circumcised. For they were uncircumcised, because they had not been circumcised on the way.
8 When the circumcising of the whole nation was finished, they remained in their places in the camp until they were healed.
9 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” And so the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.
First Passover in Canaan10 While the people of Israel were encamped at Gilgal, they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening on the plains of Jericho.
11 And the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.
12 And the manna ceased the day after they ate of the produce of the land. And there was no longer manna for the people of Israel, but they ate of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.
The Commander of the Lord’s Army13 When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?”
14 And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?”
15 And the commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so.
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The Fall of Jericho 6:1 Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in.
2 And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor.
3 You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days.
4 Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.
5 And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.”
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 bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.”
7 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.”
8 And just as Joshua had commanded the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the Lord went forward, blowing the trumpets, with the ark of the covenant of the Lord following them.
9 The armed men were walking before the priests who were blowing the trumpets, and the rear guard was walking after the ark, while the trumpets blew continually.
10 But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout or make your voice heard, neither shall any word go out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout.”
11 So he caused the ark of the Lord to circle the city, going about it once. And they came into the camp and spent the night in the camp.
12 Then Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the Lord.
13 And the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord walked on, and they blew the trumpets continually. And the armed men were walking before them, and the rear guard was walking after the ark of the Lord, while the trumpets blew continually.
14 And the second day they marched around the city once, and returned into the camp. So they did for six days.
15 On the seventh day they rose early, at the dawn of day, and marched around the city in the same manner seven times. It was only on that day that they marched around the city seven times.
16 And at the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city.
17 And the city and all that is within it shall be devoted to the Lord for destruction. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent.
18 But you, keep yourselves from the things devoted to destruction, lest when you have devoted them you take any of the devoted things and make the camp of Israel a thing for destruction and bring trouble upon it.
19 But all silver and gold, and every vessel of bronze and iron, are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.”
20 So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.
21 Then they devoted all in the city to destruction, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys, with the edge of the sword.
22 But to the two men who had spied out the land, Joshua said, “Go into the prostitute’s house and bring out from there the woman and all who belong to her, as you swore to her.”
23 So the young men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab and her father and mother and brothers and all who belonged to her. And they brought all her relatives and put them outside the camp of Israel.
24 And they burned the city with fire, and everything in it. Only the silver and gold, and the vessels of bronze and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the Lord.
25 But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. And she has lived in Israel to this day, because she hid the messengers whom Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.
26 Joshua laid an oath on them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the Lord be the man who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho.“At the cost of his firstborn shall helay its foundation,and at the cost of his youngest sonshall he set up its gates.”
27 So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.
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Practical Warnings6:1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,have given your pledge for a stranger,
2 if you are snared in the words of your mouth,caught in the words of your mouth,
3 then do this, my son, and save yourself,for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor.
4 Give your eyes no sleepand your eyelids no slumber;
5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, O sluggard;consider her ways, and be wise.
7 Without having any chief,officer, or ruler,
8 she prepares her bread in summerand gathers her food in harvest.
9 How long will you lie there, O sluggard?When will you arise from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber,and want like an armed man.
12 A worthless person, a wicked man,goes about with crooked speech,
13 winks with his eyes, signals with his feet,points with his finger,
14 with perverted heart devises evil,continually sowing discord;
15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
16 There are six things that the Lord hates,seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,and one who sows discord among brothers.
Warnings Against Adultery20 My son, keep your father’s commandment,and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them on your heart always;tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will lead you;when you lie down, they will watch over you;and when you awake, they will talk with you.
23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24 to preserve you from the evil woman,from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart,and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
26 for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread,but a married woman hunts down a precious life.
27 Can a man carry fire next to his chestand his clothes not be burned?
28 Or can one walk on hot coalsand his feet not be scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;none who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief if he stealsto satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31 but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold;he will give all the goods of his house.
32 He who commits adultery lacks sense;he who does it destroys himself.
33 He will get wounds and dishonor,and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34 For jealousy makes a man furious,and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no compensation;he will refuse though you multiply gifts.
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My Help and My DelivererTo the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord;he inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,out of the miry bog,and set my feet upon a rock,making my steps secure.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,a song of praise to our God.Many will see and fear,and put their trust in the Lord.
4 Blessed is the man who makesthe Lord his trust,who does not turn to the proud,to those who go astray after a lie!
5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;none can compare with you!I will proclaim and tell of them,yet they are more than can be told.
6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,but you have given me an open ear.Burnt offering and sin offeringyou have not required.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come;in the scroll of the book it is written of me:
8 I delight to do your will, O my God;your law is within my heart.”
9 I have told the glad news of deliverancein the great congregation;behold, I have not restrained my lips,as you know, O Lord.
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulnessfrom the great congregation.
11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrainyour mercy from me;your steadfast love and your faithfulness willever preserve me!
12 For evils have encompassed mebeyond number;my iniquities have overtaken me,and I cannot see;they are more than the hairs of my head;my heart fails me.
13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!O Lord, make haste to help me!
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogetherwho seek to snatch away my life;let those be turned back and brought to dishonorwho delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shamewho say to me, “Aha, Aha!”
16 But may all who seek yourejoice and be glad in you;may those who love your salvationsay continually, “Great is the Lord!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy,but the Lord takes thought for me.You are my help and my deliverer;do not delay, O my God!
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