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Joshua 6:4-5

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6:4 Have seven priests carry seven rams’ horns 1  in front of the ark. On the seventh day march around the city seven times, while the priests blow the horns. 6:5 When you hear the signal from the ram’s horn, 2  have the whole army give a loud battle cry. 3  Then the city wall will collapse 4  and the warriors should charge straight ahead.” 5 

1 tn Heb “rams’ horns, trumpets.”

2 tn Heb “and it will be at the sounding of the horn, the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the ram’s horn.” The text of Josh 6:5 seems to be unduly repetitive, so for the sake of English style and readability, it is best to streamline the text here. The reading in the Hebrew looks like a conflation of variant readings, with the second (“when you hear the sound of the ram’s horn”) being an interpolation that assimilates the text to verse 20 (“when the army heard the sound of the horn”). Note that the words “when you hear the sound of the ram's horn” do not appear in the LXX of verse 5.

3 tn Heb “all the people will shout with a loud shout.”

4 tn Heb “fall in its place.”

5 tn Heb “and the people will go up, each man straight ahead.”



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