Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go in or out.
But the LORD said to Joshua, "I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its mighty warriors.
Your entire army is to march around the city 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 city seven times, with the priests blowing the horns.
When you hear the priests give one long blast on the horns, have all the people give a mighty shout. Then the walls of the city will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the city."
So Joshua called together the priests and said, "Take up the Ark of the 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 city, and the armed men will lead the way in front of the Ark of the LORD."
After Joshua spoke to the people, the seven priests with the rams' horns started marching in the presence of the LORD, blowing the horns as they marched. And the priests carrying the Ark of the LORD's covenant followed behind them.
Armed guards marched both in front of the priests and 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 LORD was carried around the city 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 LORD.
The seven priests with the rams' horns marched in front of the Ark of the LORD, blowing their horns. Armed guards marched both in front of the priests with the horns and behind the Ark of the LORD. All this time the priests were sounding their horns.
On the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. They followed this pattern for six days.