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"The Walls of Jericho"
Now Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites.
No one went out and no one came in.
Then the LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your
hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once
with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry
trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark.
On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests
blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the
trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will
collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in."
So Joshua son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of
the covenant of the LORD and have seven priests carry trumpets in front of
it." And he ordered the people, "Advance! March around the city, with the
armed guard going ahead of the ark of the LORD."
When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven
trumpets before the LORD went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark
of the LORD's covenant followed them. The armed guard marched ahead of
the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. All
this time the trumpets were sounding. But Joshua had commanded the people,
"Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the
day I tell you to shout. Then shout!" So he had the ark of the LORD carried
around the city, circling it once. Then the people returned to
camp and spent the night there.
Joshua got up early the next morning and the priests took up the ark of the
LORD. The seven priests carrying the seven trumpets went forward,
marching before the ark of the LORD and blowing the trumpets. The armed
men went ahead of them and the rear guard followed the ark of the LORD,
while the trumpets kept sounding. So on the second day they marched around
the city once and returned to the camp. They did this for six days.
On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city
seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city
seven times. The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet
blast, Joshua commanded the people, "Shout! For the LORD has given you
the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the LORD. Only
Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared,
because she hid the spies we sent. But keep away from the devoted things, so
that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them.
Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring
trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are
sacred to the LORD and must go into his treasury."
When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the
trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man
charged straight in, and they took the city. They devoted the city to the
LORD and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it — men and
women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.
Joshua said to the two men who had spied out the land, "Go into the
prostitute's house and bring her out and all who belong to her, in accordance
with your oath to her." So the young men who had done the spying went in
and brought out Rahab , her father and mother and brothers and all who
belonged to her. They brought out her entire family and put them
in a place outside the camp of Israel.
Then they burned the whole city and everything in it, but they put the silver
and gold and the articles of bronze and iron into the treasury of the LORD's
house. But Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute, with her family and all who
belonged to her, because she hid the men Joshua had sent as spies to Jericho
— and she lives among the Israelites to this day.
"The Walls of Jericho" now playing!
©Rhythm On The Rock Productions
Music written and composed by
Paul and Christopher W. French
Paul began playing
percussion at 8 years old.
Standing on wooden boxes
and crates to reach his
conga's and drums, Paul
studied hard and used his
talents for the Lord. He
performed in countless
worship services and
programs throughout his 8
years of learning experience
under the guidance and
direction of Robby Robinson,
keyboard player and band
director for Frankie Valli and
the Four Seasons.
The Walls of Jericho
This song’s them is based on the book of Joshua, chapter 6. The following paragraph is a short excerpt;
The LORD said to Joshua, "See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands. March around the city once for six days.
Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams' horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven
times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people
give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in."
This instrumental has two unusual wooden-stick drum solos, played on the sides of the wooden conga drums; one at the
intro of the song and the other midway through. The music and horns break often while the percussion instruments
continue to play, building excitement and suspense as the seventh day approaches, and the walls of Jericho fall to the