Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 6:10

But Joshua commanded the people, saying, "You shall not shout nor let your voice be heard nor let a word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I tell you, ‘Shout!' Then you shall shout!"
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ark;   Trumpet;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Home;   Keep Silence;   Miracles;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Silence;   Silence-Speech;   Stories for Children;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ark of the Covenant;   Holy Land;   Miracles Wrought through Servants of God;   Sieges;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ark of the Covenant;   Miracle;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Zechariah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Jericho;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Horns;   Miracles;   Rams' Horns;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jericho;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Ark;   Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Urim and Thummim;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Noise;   Palestine (Recent Exploration, I.e. as of 1915);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Joshua, Book of;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Joshua had commanded the people,.... When he gave them their orders to pass on, and compass the city, Joshua 6:7,

saying, ye shall not shout; that is, on any of the six days as they went round the city, only on the seventh; for this being a sign of victory, it was not to be made until the day when it should be obtained; otherwise, had they shouted, and nothing followed on it, it would have exposed them to the contempt of the inhabitants of Jericho, and would have put them in spirit, and hardened them:

nor make any noise with your voice; as laughing, singing, &c. This profound silence was to be observed, to add to the gravity and solemnity of the procession; and on account of the surprising miracle that was to be wrought, and particularly because of the ark, the symbol of the divine Presence, borne before them; and when God in his providence was about to speak in so awful a manner, and to do such a surprising work, it was very fit and decent that they should be silent before him; see Habakkuk 2:20,

neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth; no conversation or discourse were to be had with each other as they passed along; for this is only to be restrained to the procession; when they returned, and in their camp, they might talk and discourse as at other times:

until the day I bid you shout, then shall ye shout; for as yet it seems Joshua had not told them how many days they should surround the city in this manner, and on what day the shout should be made by them.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-6.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

Ye shall not shout — Because shouting before the time appointed, would be ineffectual, and so might give them some discouragement, and their enemies matter of insulting.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:10". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-6.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 6:10 And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall [any] word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.

Ver. 10. Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise.] Turcae perpetuum silentium tenent, ut muti. (a) The Turks, though when they storm a place they make hideous outcries, yet in their camp they are marvellously mute; being no otherwise commanded than by the beckoning or nod of their commanders. (b) This was worthily wondered at by King Ferdinand’s ambassadors.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:10". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-6.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Ye shall not shout; because shouting before the time appointed would be ineffectual, and so might give them some discouragement, and their enemies matter of insulting.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 6:10". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-6.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And Joshua had commanded the people saying, “You shall not shout, nor let your voice be heard, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout, then shall you shout.” ’

The people were ordered not to make any sound while they marched. They were to march in total silence, without shouting, without talking, without a murmur. There was to be total silence, until Joshua gave the order and then they were to shout loudly. This would have an unnerving effect on the watchers who would have expected taunts and battlecries. The latter would have enabled them to shout back and build up their own resistance, but shouting at a silent enemy was a waste of energy. The silence stressed the presence of YHWH among them. In His presence none dared speak (Habakkuk 2:20). It also demonstrated that the result was the work of YHWH (Exodus 14:14). Their shout would declare His triumph (Psalms 47:1).

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 6:10". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-6.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

10.Neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth — The injunction of silence was necessary that they might distinctly hear the signal for the shout in concert. Moreover, the very silence of a vast army marching in stillness around the city would either lull the inhabitants into a feeling of security, or fill their minds with fearful forebodings of approaching doom.

{14. Six days — Is there any parallelism between the seven trumpets and downfall of Jericho, and the apocalyptic seven trumpets and overthrow, by Messianic power, of the Mystical Babylon? This, in our view, was the apocalypse of the overthrow of, not the Antichrist, but the anti-Jehovism of Canaan. It is performed at Jericho, the first great Canaanite city taken. And that is utterly destroyed, as token of what was by divine justice due to all the rest.}

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 6:10". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-6.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

make = cause your voice to be heard.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 6:10". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-6.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Joshua had commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout.
any noise with your voice
Heb. your voice to be heard.
Isaiah 42:2; Matthew 12:19
until the day
2 Samuel 5:23,24; Isaiah 28:16; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:7
Reciprocal: Exodus 32:17 - There is a noise;  Ezra 3:11 - shouted;  Ezekiel 21:22 - to lift

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 6:10". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-6.html.