Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 6:18

But as for you, only keep yourselves from the things under the ban, so that you do not covet them and take some of the things under the ban, and make the camp of Israel accursed and bring trouble on it.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ark;   Rahab;   Trumpet;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Delayed Blessings;   Devoted Things;   Home;   Miracles;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Stories for Children;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ark of the Covenant;   Miracles Wrought through Servants of God;   Sieges;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Achan;   Anathema;   Miracle;   Rahab;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Curse;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Scripture, Unity and Diversity of;   War, Holy War;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Anathema;   Jericho;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Rahab;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ban;   Israel;   Jericho;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Excommunication (2);   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Miracles;   Rahab, Rachab ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jericho;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Anathema;   Ark;   Chief parables and miracles in the bible;   Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;   Rahab;   Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types - Accursed;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Accursed;   Achan;   Deuteronomy;   Palestine (Recent Exploration, I.e. as of 1915);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Joshua, Book of;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And you in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing,.... From laying hold on, secreting, and enjoying as their own, what was devoted to another use:

lest ye make yourselves accursed; or a "cherem", also devoted to destruction:

when ye take of the accursed thing; any part of it, be it what it will, gold or any other metal, or raiment, and the like:

and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it; for being done secretly, and not known who did it, the whole body of the people would be chargeable with it, and suffer on account of it, unless discovered and punished, and as more fully appears by an after instance.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-6.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

and ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing — Generally they were at liberty to take the spoil of other cities that were captured (Deuteronomy 2:35; Deuteronomy 3:7; Joshua 8:27). But this, as the first fruits of Canaan, was made an exception; nothing was to be spared but Rahab and those in her house [Joshua 6:17 ]. A violation of these stringent orders would not only render the guilty persons obnoxious to the curse, but entail distress and adversity upon all Israel, by provoking the divine displeasure. These were the instructions given, or repeated (Deuteronomy 13:17; Deuteronomy 7:26), previous to the last act of the siege.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/joshua-6.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

A curse — By provoking God to punish them for your sin, in which they may be one way or other involved; or the whole camp having sins of their own, God might take what occasion he saw fit to inflict this punishment.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-6.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 6:18 And ye, in any wise keep [yourselves] from the accursed thing, lest ye make [yourselves] accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

Ver. 18. Keep yourselves from the accursed thing.] This was a fair warning to that foul sinner Achan; but Dεινος και παντολμος της φιλοχρηματιας ερως, covetousness is deadly, daring, and desperate, saith Isidor Pelusiot. (a)

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-6.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 18. In any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, &c.— "Be sure not to carry off for your private emolument any of the spoil of your enemy: ye are to consider it as a thing devoted to the Lord, and which you are not to touch, on pain of being yourselves devoted to death; of drawing down upon you the immediate curse of God, and of stopping the progress of your victories."

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/joshua-6.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Make the camp of Israel a curse, by provoking God to punish them for your sin, in which they may be one way or other involved; or at least upon the occasion of your sin: for, to speak properly God will not (the case of Adam’s sin only excepted) punish one man for the sin of another, as he hath oft declared; but the whole camp having sins of their own, God might take what occasion he saw fit to inflict this punishment.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". 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 you, under any circumstances, keep yourselves from the devoted thing, lest having devoted it you take of the devoted thing. So would you make the camp of Israel devoted and bring trouble to it.”

The warning is severe. They were devoting the city to YHWH and all were to ensure they did not take for themselves anything they had devoted, for by bringing it into any part of the camp of Israel they would make that part of the camp also ‘devoted to YHWH’ and all in it would have to be slain.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-6.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

18.Lest ye make yourselves accursed — Hebrew, lest ye both devote and appropriate the accursed thing. The two acts could not be harmonized. It would be sacrilege to dedicate the whole to Jehovah and then to take possession of a part for their own use.

And make the camp of Israel a curse — God will not be defrauded. If any one of the camp takes for personal use any thing dedicated to Himself, He will devote the camp to Himself, that is, to destruction.

And trouble it — By bringing distress, and humiliating defeat in battle.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-6.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Joshua 6:18. Keep yourselves from the accursed thing — It should rather be rendered, the devoted thing, meaning the spoils devoted to the Lord. These they were not to touch, on pain of being themselves devoted to death. Lest ye make yourselves accursed — Lest you draw upon yourselves the immediate curse of God, and so bring yourselves under the same sentence of destruction as the inhabitants and things of Jericho are under. And make the camp of Israel a curse — By provoking God to punish them for your sin, in which they may be one way or other involved; for the whole camp having sins of their own, God might take what occasion he saw fit to inflict this punishment.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-6.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Forbidden, transgression, sin. Hebrew has always anathema. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-6.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

trouble it. A warning of Achan"s sin (Joshua 7:25).

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-6.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

In any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing. Generally they were left at liberty to take the spoil of other cities that were captured (Joshua 8:27; Deuteronomy 2:35; Deuteronomy 3:7). But this city, as the first-fruits of Canaan, was made an exception: nothing was to be spared but Rahab and those in her house. A violation of these stringent orders would not only render the guilty persons obnoxious to the curse, but entail distress and adversity upon all Israel, by provoking the divine displeasure. These were the instructions given, or repeated (Deuteronomy 7:12; Deuteronomy 13:17) during a brief halt, previously to the last act of the siege.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-6.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.
in any wise
Romans 12:9; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Ephesians 5:11; James 1:27; 1 John 5:21
lest ye make
7:1,11,12,15; Deuteronomy 7:26; 13:17
make the camp
7:11,12; 22:18-20; 1 Samuel 14:28-42; Ecclesiastes 9:18; Jonah 1:12
and trouble it
7:25; 2 Samuel 21:1; 1 Kings 18:17,18
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 23:9 - GeneralJoshua 7:24 - his sons;  1 Chronicles 2:7 - accursed;  Proverbs 3:33 - curse;  Proverbs 10:22 - he;  Proverbs 15:27 - He that is;  Jeremiah 25:18 - to make;  Romans 9:3 - were;  Hebrews 12:15 - trouble

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 6:18". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-6.html.