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Joshua 6:27

So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Thompson Chain Reference - Fame;   Honour-Dishonour;   Miracles;  
Dictionaries:
Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Jericho;   Joshua;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Annunciation, the ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Jericho;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Ark;   Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;   Rahab;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Fame;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Joshua, Book of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

So the Lord was with Joshua - Giving him miraculous assistance in all his enterprises; and this was what he was naturally led to expect from the communication made to him by the captain of the Lord's host, Joshua 5:14, etc.

  1. Many attempts have been made either to deny the miracle in the fall of Jericho, or to account for it on natural causes. Reference has already been made to some of these in the note on Joshua 6:20. But to those who believe the Divine authenticity of the New Testament, every objection of this kind is removed by the authority of the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews, Hebrews 11:30; By Faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been compassed about seven days. Hence we find that it was a miraculous interference; and that Joshua's faith in the promise made to him by the captain of the Lord's host, was the instrument which God chose to employ in the accomplishment of this important purpose.
  2. The same is said of Rahab: By Faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace, Hebrews 11:31. She believed that the true God was on the side of the Hebrews, and that all opposition to them must be in vain; and this faith led her to put herself under the Divine protection, and in virtue of it she escaped the destruction that fell on her countrymen. Thus God has ever chosen to put honor on faith, as the instrument by which he will perform his greatest miracles of justice and mercy. God, who cannot lie, has given the promise; he that believes shall have it accomplished; for with God nothing shall be impossible, and all things are possible to him that believes. These are Scriptural maxims, and God cannot deny himself.
  • On the curse pronounced by Joshua on those who should rebuild Jericho, it may be necessary to make a few remarks. In ancient history we have many instances of execrations against those who should rebuild those cities which had been destroyed in war, the revival of whose power and influence was dreaded; especially such cities as had been remarkable for oppression, insolence, or perfidy. Strabo observes, lib. xiii., p. 898, ed. 1707, that Agamemnon pronounced execrations on those who should rebuild Troy, as Croesus did against those who should rebuild Sidena, in which the tyrant Glaucias had taken refuge; and this mode of execrating cities, according to Strabo, was an ancient custom - Ειτε και καταρασαμενου του Αγαμεμνονος κατα παλαιον εθος· καθαπερ και ὁ Κροισος εξελων την Σιδηνην, εις ἡν ὁ τυραννος κατεφυγε Γλαυκιας, αρας εθετο κατα των τειχιουντων παλιν τον τοπον . The Romans made a decree full of execrations against those who should rebuild Carthage, which had been the rival of their empire; and which, from its advantageous situation, might again become formidable should it be rebuilt. See Zonaras, Anal. The Ionians, according to Isocrates, pronounced the most awful execrations on those who should rebuild the temples destroyed by the Persians, that they might remain to posterity an endless monument of the impiety of those barbarians; and that none might put confidence in a people who were so wicked as to make war on the gods themselves. The other Greeks who had suffered by the Persians acted in the same way, leaving the desolated temples as a public monument of the enmity that should ever subsist between the two nations. See Calmet, and see the notes on Numbers 22:6.
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    Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 6:27". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-6.html. 1832.

    John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

    So the Lord was with Joshua,.... Counselling and directing him what to do, prospering and succeeding him in all that he engaged; the Targum is,"the Word of the Lord was for the help of Joshua;'the essential Word, Christ the Son of God, called the Captain of the Lord's host, Joshua 5:14; and who, continued with him speaking to him and giving him orders, Joshua 6:2,

    and his fame was noised throughout all the country; for his wisdom and courage, for the wonderful things done for him and by him, and the great success that attended him, through the power and presence of God with him; which struck terror into the inhabitants of the land, and made his conquest of it the more easy.

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    Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:27". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-6.html. 1999.

    Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

    In the strict sense of the original, that the word of the Lord was with Joshua, no doubt is meant the uncreated word, as with Moses during the whole of his ministry. Exodus 3:4; Acts 7:38.

    REFLECTIONS

    PAUSE! my soul, again and again, over the several parts of this most interesting chapter, and beg of God the Holy Ghost to give thee to see the gospel sense of it, in thine own history. How was my heart, like Jericho, shut up, when the Lord laid siege to my soul! when without were fightings, within were fears! But when the Lord seemed to delay the execution of his anger against me, and destruction did not immediately follow, my confidence, like the men of Jericho, revived, and my rebellious heart became again stout. Oh! thou dearest Jesus, thou Almighty Joshua, when by thy Spirit, thou didst break down all The walls and resistances of my carnal nature, and didst cause the weapons of sin to fall out of my hands; then didst thou conquer my soul, and make me a willing captive in the day of thy power! Reader! let you and I, while contemplating with holy joy the victory of Jesus, rejoice with trembling, in beholding the inflexible justice of God over his enemies. Oh! the discriminating grace of God to his people. Oh! for an heart to love and adore such unparalleled mercy! Lord! give us grace to lay low in the dust, in token of our nothingness, and be ever ready to ascribe the whole of salvation, from beginning to end, to God and the Lamb.

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    Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Joshua 6:27". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/joshua-6.html. 1828.

    Wesley's Explanatory Notes

    So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.

    The word of the Lord was with him — (So the Chaldee:) Even Christ himself, the same that was with Moses. Nothing makes a man appear more truly great, than to have the evidences of God's presence with him.

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    Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:27". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-6.html. 1765.

    Слава Иисуса. Иисус Навин прославился, и его слава до сих пор сияет повсюду (27; 3:7; 4:14). В результате Иисус и Раав живы, а Иерихон предан «заклятию».

     

     

    Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

    So YHWH was with Joshua, and his fame was in all the land.’

    At what had happened fear spread throughout Canaan. The name of Joshua was on every tongue. Or was it the name of YHWH? In the final analysis it was both. But far more important was the fact that YHWH was with him.

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    Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 6:27". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-6.html. 2013.

    Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

    27.So the Lord was with Joshua — The promise made to Joshua in chap. 1 is fulfilled.

    His fame was noised — True fame has been styled the shadow of greatness. He who demonstrates that God is with him cannot dwell in obscurity.

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    Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 6:27". "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 6:27. So the Lord was with Joshua — The Chaldee interprets it, The Word of the Lord was with him, even Christ, the eternal Word, the same that was with Moses. Nothing makes a man more truly great than to have evidences that God is with him.

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    Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 6:27". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-6.html. 1857.

    Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

    So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was noised throughout all the country.
    the Lord
    1:5,9; Genesis 39:2,3,21; Deuteronomy 31:6; Matthew 18:20; 28:20; Acts 18:9,10; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 2 Timothy 4:17,22
    his fame
    9:1,3,9; 1 Samuel 2:30; 2 Samuel 7:9; Matthew 4:24; 14:1 Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 18:14 - the Lord;  1 Chronicles 14:17 - fame of David;  Esther 9:4 - his fame;  Luke 19:1 - Jericho

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    Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 6:27". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-6.html.