Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in.
But the said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors.
You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days.
Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns.
When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.”
So Joshua called together the priests and said, “Take up the Ark of the ’s Covenant, and assign seven priests to walk in front of it, each carrying a ram’s horn.”
Then he gave orders to the people: “March around the town, and the armed men will lead the way in front of the Ark of the .”
After Joshua spoke to the people, the seven priests with the rams’ horns started marching in the presence of the , blowing the horns as they marched. And the Ark of the ’s Covenant followed behind them.
Some of the armed men marched in front of the priests with the horns and some behind the Ark, with the priests continually blowing the horns.
“Do not shout; do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!”
So the Ark of the was carried around the town once that day, and then everyone returned to spend the night in the camp.
Joshua got up early the next morning, and the priests again carried the Ark of the .
The seven priests with the rams’ horns marched in front of the Ark of the , blowing their horns. Again the armed men marched both in front of the priests with the horns and behind the Ark of the . All this time the priests were blowing their horns.
On the second day they again marched around the town once and returned to the camp. They followed this pattern for six days.