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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.
7:5 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.
7:26 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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Everything King James Bible:Joshua
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Joshua
Chapter: 7

Overview:
The Israelites smitten at Ai. (1-5) Joshua's humiliation and
Prayer. (6-9) God instructs Joshua what to do. (10-5) Achan is
detected, He is destroyed. (16-26)

1-5 Achan took some of the spoil of Jericho. The Love of the
world is that root of bitterness, which of all others is most
hardly rooted up. We should take heed of Sin ourselves, lest By
it many be defiled or disquieted, Heb 12:15; and take heed of
having Fellowship with sinners, lest we share their guilt. It
concerns us to watch over one another to prevent Sin, because
others' sins may be to our damage. The easy conquest of Jericho
excited contempt of the enemy, and a disposition to expect the
Lord to do all for them without their using proper means. Thus
men abuse the doctrines of Divine Grace, and the promises of
God, into excuses for their own sloth and self-indulgence. We
are to work out our own Salvation, though it is God that Works
in us. It was a dear victory to the Canaanites, whereby Israel
was awakened and reformed, and reconciled to their God, and the
people of Canaan hardened to their own ruin.

6-9 Joshua's concern for the honour of God, more than even for
the fate of Israel, was the language of the Spirit of Adoption.
He pleaded with God. He laments their defeat, as he feared it
would reflect On God's Wisdom and power, his Goodness and
faithfulness. We cannot at any time urge a better plea than
this, Lord, what wilt thou do for thy great name? Let God be
glorified in all, and then welcome his whole will.

10-15 God awakens Joshua to inquiry, By telling him that when
this accursed thing was Put away, all would be Well. Times of
danger and trouble should be times of reformation. We should
look at home, into our own hearts, into our own houses, and make
diligent search to find out if there be not some accursed thing
there, which God sees and abhors; some secret Lust, some
unlawful gain, some undue withholding from God or from others.
We cannot prosper, until the accursed thing be destroyed out of
our hearts, and Put out of our habitations and our families, and
forsaken in our lives. When the Sin of sinners finds them out,
God is to be acknowledged. With a certain and unerring Judgment,
the righteous God does and will distinguish between the innocent
and the guilty; So that though the righteous are of the same
Tribe, and family, and household with the wicked, yet they never
shall be treated as the wicked.

16-26 See the folly of those that promise themselves secrecy in
Sin. The righteous God has many ways of bringing to Light the
hidden Works of Darkness. See also, how much it is our concern,
when God is contending with us, to find out the cause that
troubles us. We must pray with holy Job, Lord, show me wherefore
thou contendest with me. Achan's Sin began in the Eye. He saw
these fine things, as Eve saw the forbidden Fruit. See what
comes of suffering the Heart to walk after the eyes, and what
need we have to make this Covenant with our eyes, that if they
wander they shall be sure to weep for it. It proceeded out of
the Heart. They that would be kept from sinful actions, must
mortify and check in themselves sinful desires, particularly the
desire of worldly wealth. Had Achan looked upon these things
with an Eye of Faith, he would have seen they were accursed
things, and would have dreaded them; but looking On them with an
Eye of sense only, he saw them as goodly things, and coveted
them. When he had committed the Sin, he tried to hide it. As
soon as he had got this plunder, it became his Burden, and he
dared not to use his ill-gotten treasure. So differently do
objects of Temptation appear at a distance, to what they do when
they have been gotten. See the deceitfulness of Sin; that which
is pleasing in the commission, is Bitter in the reflection. See
how they will be deceived that rob God. Sin is a very
troublesome thing, not only to a sinner himself, but to all
about him. The righteous God will certainly recompense
Tribulation to them that trouble his people. Achan perished not
alone in his Sin. They lose their own, who grasp at more than
their own. His sons and daughters were Put to Death with him. It
is probable that they helped to hide the things; they must have
known of them. What fatal consequences follow, even in this
world, to the sinner himself, and to all belonging him! One
sinner destroys much good. What, then, will be the wrath to
come? Let us flee from it to Christ Jesus as the sinner's
Friend. There are circumstances in the Confession of Achan,
marking the progress of Sin, from its first entrance into the
Heart to its being done, which may serve as the history of
almost every Offence against the Law of God, and the Sacrifice
of Jesus Christ.

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