Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, 1a man was standingopposite him with his sworddrawn in his hand, and Joshuawent to him and said to him, "Are you for us or for our adversaries?"
He said, "No; rather I indeedcomenow as captain of the host of the LORD." And Joshua2fell on his face to the earth, and boweddown, and said to him, "What has my lord to say to his servant?"
The captain of the LORD'Shostsaid to Joshua, "3Remove your sandals from your feet, for the placewhere you are standing is holy." And Joshuadidso.