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Joshua 6:6

So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord ."
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ark;   Armies;   Trumpet;   Thompson Chain Reference - Bible Stories for Children;   Children;   Home;   Miracles;   Pleasant Sunday Afternoons;   Religion;   Stories for Children;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ark of the Covenant;   Armies of Israel, the;   Holy Land;   Miracles Wrought through Servants of God;   Sieges;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ark of the Covenant;   Miracle;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ark;   Music, Instrumental;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ark;   Israel;   Jericho;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Horns;   Jubilee;   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 - Seven;   Urim and Thummim;   War;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ark of the Covenant;   Palestine (Recent Exploration, I.e. as of 1915);   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ark of the covenant;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Joshua, Book of;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests,.... Not the Levites and Kohathites, whose business it was in common to bear the ark, but upon this occasion the priests; not all of them, but as many as were sufficient for the purpose:

and said unto them, take up the ark of the covenant; by putting the staves into the rings of it, and so carry it, Exodus 25:14; see Numbers 7:9,

and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the Lord: See Gill on Joshua 6:4.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:6". "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

Every verse, and every circumstance contained in a verse, relating to the reduction and overthrow of Jericho, is important and worthy to be attended to, if we view the whole as undoubtedly it ought to be viewed, with a typical reference to our spiritual conquests, through Jesus, over all the enemies of our salvation. Observe how the campaign opens. It is with the movement of the ark. Yes; if Jesus moves forward all his people are to follow: so the church in the wilderness. Exodus 13:21. So the church now, in following the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. Revelation 14:4. Observe also, how the priests are to precede the ark with their trumpets. God's ministers, in all ages of the church, are his heralds, to proclaim the year of the Lord. The jubilee trumpet was certainly a type of the glorious gospel. And do not the servants of Jesus now, sound an alarm in his holy mountain, when they hold up Jesus to the view of the poor sinner, and denounce, as to the men of Jericho, vengeance to the haters of the Lord: but pardon, mercy, and peace, to the lovers of Jesus? Isaiah 27:13.

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

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD.

Of rams horns — Of the basest matter, and the dullest sound, that the excellency of the power might be of God.

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

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 6:6 And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD.

Ver. 6. And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests.] He yielded prompt and present obedience, ready and speedy, without shucking or hucking, without delays and consults; leaving us herein an excellent precedent.

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

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And Joshua, the son of Nun, called the priests and said to them, “Take up the Ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the Ark of YHWH.”

YHWH had given his instructions to Joshua, possibly through a dream, or possibly within the Tabernacle where Joshua, like Moses, was prone to go (Exodus 33:11) as the chosen of YHWH. Joshua now passed them on to the priests. Note the switch from ‘the Ark of the Covenant’ to ‘the Ark of YHWH’. Now that it was going into battle the emphasis was on YHWH, the God of battle.

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

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

THE CONQUEST OF JERICHO, Joshua 6:6-21.

6.And Joshua’ called the priests — The promptness of his unquestioning obedience to a command so unexpected, and so little in accordance with human reason, attests Joshua’s unfaltering faith in his great Captain, with whom he had just been in counsel. It is the province of reason to ask who speaks; but when reason acknowledges it is the voice of God, it is her highest function not to sit in judgment upon the message, but to obey.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 6:6". "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 6:6. Of rams’ horns — Of the basest matter and the dullest sound, that the excellence of the power might be of God. The original words, however, here and Joshua 6:4, שׁופרות יובלום, shoperoth jobelim, may be properly rendered, trumpets of jubilee; that is, such trumpets as were to be blown in the year of jubilee. And many prefer this translation, alleging that, as the horns of rams are not hollow, trumpets cannot be made of them, even when bored, capable of giving any thing of a strong sound. They would, therefore, understand the words here as signifying trumpets made in the shape of rams’ horns. But others have urged that there is no difficulty in making such an instrument of a ram’s horn as may give a pretty strong sound: “it being certain that the inside of these horns is no ways hard, and may easily be taken out, excepting a space at the point of about four or five inches, part of which is sawed off, in order to proportionate the aperture to the mouth; after which, the rest is easily pierced. And we can assure our readers,” say the authors of the Universal History, “that we have seen some of these trumpets, thus made, used by the shepherds in the southern parts of Germany.”

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

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD. Joshua ... called the priests. The pious leader, whatever military preparations he had made, surrendered all his own views at once, and unreservedly, to the declared will of God.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 6:6". "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 Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD.
Take up the ark
8,13; 3:3,6; Exodus 25:14; Deuteronomy 20:2-4; Acts 9:1
Reciprocal: Joshua 3:14 - bearing the ark;  Joshua 6:12 - the priests;  Joshua 8:33 - priests;  2 Samuel 15:24 - bearing;  1 Kings 8:3 - the priests took up;  1 Chronicles 13:10 - he put;  1 Chronicles 15:2 - None ought to;  2 Chronicles 5:4 - the Levites;  2 Chronicles 5:12 - an hundred

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