Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 6:8

And it was so, that when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets of rams' horns before the Lord went forward and blew the trumpets; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ark;   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;   Holy Land;   Miracles Wrought through Servants of God;   Music;   Sieges;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ark of the Covenant;   Miracle;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - God;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ark;   Music, Instrumental;   Stone;   Trumpets;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - 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;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ark of the Covenant;   Number;   Palestine (Recent Exploration, I.e. as of 1915);   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ark of the covenant;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Joshua, Book of;  

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

"And it was so, that, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns before Jehovah passed on, and blew the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of Jehovah followed them. And the armed men went before the priests that blew the trumpets, and the rearward went after the ark, the priests blowing the trumpets as they went. And Joshua commanded the people, saying, Ye shall not shout, or let your voice be heard, neither shall any word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout; then shall ye shout. So he caused the ark of Jehovah to compass the city, going about it once: and they came into the camp, and lodged in the camp."

It is clear from these verses that the priests continually blew on the trumpets throughout the full time of the march around the city every day. Also, notice that in Joshua's summary of what was done, only the ark is mentioned as having been caused by Joshua (that, is by Joshua's command) to compass Jericho (Joshua 6:11), indicating the priority and importance of the ark in this narrative.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Joshua 6:8". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/joshua-6.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken to the people,.... Both armed and unarmed; had finished the orders and directions he gave them before mentioned:

that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the Lord; in his sight, and by his direction, and at his command given by Joshua, and before the ark, the symbol of his presence:

and blew with the trumpets; a short blast as they went along; this they did on each of the six days:

and the ark of the covenant of the Lord followed them; being borne by priests, Joshua 6:6.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-6.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 6:8 And it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams’ horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.

Ver. 8. And the ark of the covenant.] Called also the ark of the testimony. [Joshua 4:16 Exodus 25:16]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 6:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-6.html. 1865-1868.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘And so it was that when Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before YHWH, and blew with the trumpets, and the Ark of the covenant of YHWH followed them.’

Joshua having given his instructions to the people, whether directly or through the priests, the seven priests with the rams’ horns ‘passed on before YHWH’. Here ‘the Ark of YHWH’ is replaced by ‘YHWH’ Himself, for YHWH is seen as sitting on His moveable battle throne, borne by the priests, ready to reveal His power against the enemy (compare Ezekiel 1:16; Ezekiel 1:19 where the heavenly equivalent of the Ark is seen as having heavenly wheels). The seven trumpets of rams’ horns meanwhile sounded out the power of YHWH. In the description of the Ark both the covenant and YHWH Himself are now given prominence. It was because they were His covenant People that Jericho, and the whole land, ha been given to them.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 6:8". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-6.html. 2013.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

before. Some codices, with five early printed editions, and Aramaean, Syriac, and Vulgate, add "the ark of".

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 6:8". "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 it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.

Bearing the seven trumpets ... passed on before the Lord -before the ark, called "the ark of the covenant," for it contained the tables on which the covenant was inscribed.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 6:8". "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 it came to pass, when Joshua had spoken unto the people, that the seven priests bearing the seven trumpets of rams' horns passed on before the LORD, and blew with the trumpets: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD followed them.
before the Lord
3,4; Numbers 32:20
Reciprocal: Leviticus 4:6 - seven times;  Joshua 6:6 - Take up the ark

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 6:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-6.html.