So he had the ark of the LORD carried around the city, circling it once. Then the people returned to camp and spent the night there.
Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the LORD.
The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward, marching before the ark of the LORD and blowing the trumpets. The armed men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the LORD, while the trumpets kept sounding.
So on the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.
On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.116
The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, "Shout! For the LORD has given you the city!217
The city and all that is in it are to be devoteda3 to the LORD. Only Rahab the prostituteb4 and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid5 the spies we sent.
But keep away from the devoted things,6 so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction7 and bring trouble8 on it.
All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron9 are sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury."
When the trumpets sounded,10 the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout,11 the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city.1221
They devoted13 the city to the LORD and destroyed14 with the sword every living thing in it--men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.