Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 6:19

But all the silver and gold and articles of bronze and iron are holy to the Lord ; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord ."
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ark;   Rahab;   Treasure-Houses;   Trumpet;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Delayed Blessings;   Home;   Miracles;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Stories for Children;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ark of the Covenant;   Brass, or Copper;   Gold;   Iron;   Miracles Wrought through Servants of God;   Sieges;   Silver;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Anathema;   Miracle;   Rahab;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Devote, Devoted;   Scripture, Unity and Diversity of;   War, Holy War;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Anathema;   Booty;   Jericho;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Bronze;   Iron;   Joshua, the Book of;   Rahab;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Jericho;   Treasure, Treasury, Treasurer;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Miracles;   Rahab, Rachab ;   Treasury;   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;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Consecrate;   Gold;   Palestine (Recent Exploration, I.e. as of 1915);   Punishments;   Silver;   Treasure;   Treasury (of Temple);   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ban;   Joshua, Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

But all the silver, and gold - shall come into the treasury - The Brahmins will receive from any caste, however degraded, gold, silver, etc.: but to receive from Shoodras food, garments, etc., would be considered a great degradation. - Ward.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-6.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But all the silver and gold, and vessels of brass and iron,

are consecrated to the Lord,.... Or rather, "for all the silver", &c. as the particle here used sometimes signifies, and is so renderedF4וכל "nam totum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. : each of these metals, and whatsoever were made of them, were set apart for the Lord, and dedicated to sacred uses, and might not be converted to any other, unless what were upon their idols, which were to be burnt with fire, Deuteronomy 7:25,

they shall come into the treasury of the Lord; be brought into the tabernacle, as Kimchi and Abarbinel interpret it, into some apartment there destined for such service, and which is clear from Joshua 6:24; the same where the offering of the officers was brought after the battle with Midian, Numbers 31:54.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-6.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, [are] m consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.

(m) And therefore cannot be put to any private use, but must be first molten, and then serve for the Tabernacle.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-6.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.

Vessels of brass and iron — Except that of which images were made, which were to be utterly destroyed.

Unto the Lord — Being first made to pass through the fire, Numbers 31:22,23.

Treasury of the Lord — To be employed wholly for the uses of the tabernacle, not to be applied to the use of any private person or priest.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-6.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 6:19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, [are] consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.

Ver. 19. But all the silver and the gold.] Only their idols of silver and gold were to be utterly destroyed, [Deuteronomy 7:25 Exodus 32:20] for detestation’s sake, and prevention of idolatry, that land desolating sin.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-6.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 19. But all the silver, and gold,—are consecrated unto the Lord God requires, that all the silver, gold, brass, iron, and all other metal found in Jericho, should be consecrated to the use of his sanctuary, and carried into his tabernacle, to supply the wants of that sacred house; but, doubtless, first to be purified by passing through the fire, according to the law, Numbers 31:22-23 and excepting the idols, which were to be absolutely destroyed.

Deuteronomy 7:25-26. The Jews say, that all these riches belonged to God, inasmuch as Jericho was taken on a sabbath-day; but, as we before remarked, God required them as a tribute and homage, by which the Israelites acknowledged that to his power and goodness they owed the victory which now opened to them the entrance and possession of the country.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". 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

Except that of which images were made, which were to be utterly destroyed, Exodus 32:20 Deuteronomy 7:25. Consecrated unto the Lord; being first made to pass through the fire, Numbers 31:22,23.

They shall come into the treasury of the Lord, to be employed wholly for the service or uses of the tabernacle, not to be applied to the use of any private person or priest.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". 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

But all the silver and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are holy to YHWH. They shall come into the treasury of YHWH.”

These things were mentioned as the most valuable and desirable, but, as the people were aware, everything in the city was devoted and belonged to YHWH exclusively. Nothing must be retained for personal use. Their idols should be destroyed in fire (Deuteronomy 7:25). Anything of value would go into the treasury in the Tabernacle for religious use (compare Numbers 31:54), probably after passing through fire or water (Numbers 31:22-23). This would contribute to the lack of archaeological artefacts as all would be gathered up that much more carefully because they were YHWH’s. At this time the vessels of iron would have been imported and valuable.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-6.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

19.But all the silver, and gold — Because the precious metals and vessels of brass and iron were regarded as indestructible by fire, and were needed in the service of the tabernacle, they were put into the treasury of the tabernacle.

Consecrated unto the Lord — Literally this and the following sentence read: Holiness is it to Jehovah, a treasure of Jehovah shall it go. In Numbers 31:21-23, the method is prescribed of purifying metals by fire in order to consecrate them to the service of God.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "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 6:19. Vessels of brass and iron — Except that of which images were made, which were utterly to be destroyed. Unto the Lord — Being first made to pass through the fire, Numbers 31:22-23. Treasury of the Lord — To be employed wholly for the uses of the tabernacle, not to be applied to the use of any private person or priest.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-6.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Treasures, probably in the tabernacle. See Numbers xxxi. 48. God claims the first-fruits of the booty, as an acknowledgment that he granted the victory, (Calmet) and all the riches of the country, to his people. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-6.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

vessels = utensils, or weapons.

are. Hebrew "they are".

consecrated = holy. See note on Exodus 3:5.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "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

But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-6.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(19) The silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron . . . into the treasury of the Lord.—See Numbers 31:22-23; Numbers 31:54, where something similar was done with the spoil of the Midianites.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/joshua-6.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.
all the silver
2 Samuel 8:11; 1 Chronicles 18:11; 26:20,26,28; 28:12; 2 Chronicles 15:18; 31:12; Isaiah 23:17,18; Micah 4:13
consecrated
Heb. holiness.
Leviticus 19:24; *marg:; Zechariah 14:20,21
the treasury
1 Kings 7:51; 14:26; 2 Kings 24:13; 1 Chronicles 26:20; Nehemiah 7:70,71; 10:38; Jeremiah 38:11; Matthew 27:6; Mark 12:41
Reciprocal: Numbers 31:28 - levy;  Joshua 6:24 - only the silver;  2 Samuel 21:2 - the Amorites;  1 Chronicles 26:27 - Out;  Ezra 10:8 - forfeited;  Luke 21:1 - the treasury

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 6:19". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-6.html.