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Joshua 7

(7:1-10) Joshua and all the elders tear their clothes, fall on their faces, and put dust on their heads because the Israelites lost a battle. [God was punishing them because one man (Achan) "took of the accursed thing."]

(7:1) "Achan, the son of Carmi ... took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel."
Who Was Achan's father?

7:1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.
7:2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the east of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.
7:3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.
7:4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. (7.4) “There went up … about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.”

(7:5) "And the men of Ai smote them."

(7:6) "And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell ... upon his face ... until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads."
And they fell on their faces (FOF)
The put dust on their heads.

(7:8) "O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!"

(7.9) “For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it.” What will the neighbors say? Joshua worries that neighboring tribes will make fun of them for being defeated by the Amorites.

(7:10) "And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?"

(7:11-13)
God tells Joshua to kill whoever took "the accursed thing."

(7:11) "Israel hath sinned ... they have even taken of the accursed thing ... and they have put it even among their own stuff."

(7:12) "The children of Israel could not stand before their enemies ... because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you."

(7:13) "There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you."

(7:14-18) So God helped find the guy with the accursed thing. First he identified the tribe (Judah), then the family (Zarhites), then the household (Zabdi), and finally the man who took the accursed thing (Achan).

(7:14) "The tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man."

(7:15) "He that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath."
What the Bible says about burning people to death

(7:16) "So Joshua ... brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken."

(7:17) "And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken."

(7:18) "And he brought his household man by man; and Achan ... was taken."

(7:19-26) Joshua suggested that Achan confess, which he did. Then everyone stoned and burned him and his family to death, thereby, turning God "from the fierceness of his anger."

(7:19) "Joshua said unto Achan, My son ... tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me."

(7:20) "And Achan ... said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done."

(7:21) "When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it."

(7:24) "And Joshua ... took Achan the son of Zerah ... and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his sheep,"
Who Was Achan's father?

7:5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
7:6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.
7:7 And Joshua said, Alas, O LORD God, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!
7:8 O LORD, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
7:9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?
7:10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?
7:11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff.
7:12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.
7:13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.
7:14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.
7:15 And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.
7:16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:
7:17 And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken:
7:18 And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.
7:19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me.
7:20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:
7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.
7:22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it.
7:23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua, and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD.
7:24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of Achor.
7:25 And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. (7:25) "And all of Israel stoned them with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones."
God's 32nd Killing
What the Bible says about stoning

(7:26) "So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger."

7:26 And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.

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