The Curse of rebuilding Jericho

The city of Jericho from the ruins of the old walls

The city of Jericho from the ruins of the old walls

A little known passage about Jericho.

Joshua laid an oath upon them at that time, saying, “Cursed before the LORD be the man that rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho.  At the cost of his first-born shall he lay its foundation, and at the cost of his youngest son shall he set up its gates.” Josh. 6:26 

And yes someone over 400 years later did rebuild Jericho.

In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho; he laid its foundation at the cost of Abiram his first-born, and set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spoke by Joshua the son of Nun. 1Kings 16:34


2 thoughts on “The Curse of rebuilding Jericho

  1. At first reading, this sounds like industrial accidents.
    These are actually pagan worship. The spirits of his two sons were supposed to protect the wall and gates because they were buried alive.
    Figurines of apkallus, the Mesopotamian counterparts to the sons of God, are known through the work of Mesopotamian archaeologists. They were buried in rows of boxes as parts of foundation walls for Mesopotamian buildings to ward off evil powers. These boxes were referred to by Mesopotamians as mats-tsarey, which means “watchers.” The connection is explicit and direct.
    –Michael Heiser, Unseen Realm
    Q: Why was Jericho never supposed to be rebuilt?
    * This was the first miraculous victory in the Promised Land. It was to be a memorial of the role of YHWH in Israel. Imagine the proper reaction of Americans to replacing the Statue of Liberty.
    * For Jericho to be rebuilt was a measure of how far Israel had drifted away from loyalty to YHWH.

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