Joshua 7:11

11 Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions.

Read Joshua 7:11 Using Other Translations

Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
Israel has sinned; they have transgressed my covenant that I commanded them; they have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen and lied and put them among their own belongings.
Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their own belongings.

What does Joshua 7:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joshua 7:11

Israel hath sinned
For though one only had committed the sin, others might have known of it, and connived at it; however, there was sin committed among them, and it must be discovered, the guilt charged, and punishment inflicted:

and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them;
not the law given on Mount Sinai, called the covenant, though in general that was now broken, inasmuch as they then promised to hear and obey all that the Lord should say unto them, ( Exodus 24:7 ) ; but it particularly means the command given, ( Joshua 6:18 ) ; that they should take nothing of that which was devoted the Lord, and thereby make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it; and which shows that that was not a command given by Joshua of himself, but what he had from the Lord:

for they have even taken of the accursed thing;
somewhat of that which was devoted to sacred uses:

and have also stolen;
taken it away, not openly, but by stealth, as being conscious they ought not to have done what they did, and so sinned both against God and their own consciences:

and dissembled also;
or "lied" F21; pretended they had not taken any of the accursed thing when they had; and it is probable that the people in general, each of the tribes, families, and houses, were examined by proper officers, whether they had taken any of the spoil, or not, to themselves, and they all denied they had, and he that had taken it among the rest; and perhaps was particularly asked the question, which he answered in the negative:

and they have put [it] even amongst their own stuff;
their household stuff, mixed them with their own goods that they might not be known; or put them "in their own vessels" F23, for their own use and service.


FOOTNOTES:

F21 (wvxk) "mentiti sunt", Pagninus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
F23 (Mhylkb) "in vasis suis", Montanus.
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