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Joshua 7 - NIV

Achan’s Sin

1 But the Israelites were unfaithful in regard to the devoted things[a] ; Achan son of Karmi, the son of Zimri,[b] the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of them. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel.

2 Now Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is near Beth Aven to the east of Bethel, and told them, “Go up and spy out the region.” So the men went up and spied out Ai.

3 When they returned to Joshua, they said, “Not all the army will have to go up against Ai. Send two or three thousand men to take it and do not weary the whole army, for only a few people live there.”

4 So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai,

5 who killed about thirty-six of them. They chased the Israelites from the city gate as far as the stone quarries and struck them down on the slopes. At this the hearts of the people melted in fear and became like water.

6 Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the Lord, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.

7 And Joshua said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan!

8 Pardon your servant, Lord. What can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies?

9 The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then will you do for your own great name?”

10 The Lord said to Joshua, “Stand up! What are you doing down on your face?

11 Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions.

12 That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.

13 “Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There are devoted things among you, Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove them.

14 “‘In the morning, present yourselves tribe by tribe. The tribe the Lord chooses shall come forward clan by clan; the clan the Lord chooses shall come forward family by family; and the family the Lord chooses shall come forward man by man.

15 Whoever is caught with the devoted things shall be destroyed by fire, along with all that belongs to him. He has violated the covenant of the Lord and has done an outrageous thing in Israel!’”


a. Joshua 7:1 See Septuagint and 1?Chron. 2:6; Hebrew Zabdi; also in verses 17 and 18.
b. Joshua 7:1 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verses 11, 12, 13 and 15.

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Leighton (Lee) Vary avatar
Achan in the Camp
Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Oct, 2016
Summary: What is one reason the work of the Holy Spirit in our church is often hindered? Study the incident of Achan's disobedience concerning the lust of the eye.
Mike Dankson avatar
Our Choices and their Results
Shared by: Mike Dankson on Jun, 2016
Summary: This sermon deals with the OT character Achan and how his sin impacted others
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-11
Denomination: *other
Views: 370
Leighton (Lee) Vary avatar
Achan in the camp
Shared by: Leighton (Lee) Vary on Jun, 2016
Summary: Is our church failing its potential? Has the great things we dreamed of not come about? Why is our ministry so weak?
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 322
Jay Tigner avatar
Hiding Sin Hinders Revival
Shared by: Jay Tigner on May, 2016
Summary: The dangerous impact of hiding sin.
Series: Stand Alone
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-13
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 245
Paul Clemente avatar
God and Sin
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Apr, 2016
Summary: How does God see sin?
Series: Joshua
Scripture: Joshua 7:10-26
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 170
Paul Clemente avatar
Fallen Joshua
Shared by: Paul Clemente on Apr, 2016
Summary: Did Joshua do anything wrong?
Series: Joshua
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-12
Denomination: Evangelical Free
Views: 175
Alan McCann avatar
Joshua 7
Shared by: Alan McCann on Mar, 2016
Summary: The Barrier that sin causes
Series: Joshua
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-28
Denomination: Episcopal/Anglican
Views: 163
Robert Leroe avatar
Sin in the Camp
Shared by: Robert Leroe on Feb, 2016
Summary: God's punishment upon Achan (and his family and possessions) seems severe...and it was, because sin is a serious matter. Sin is rebellion. Sin is covenant-breaking. Sin is choosing to go our way and reject God's way. And sin has consequences.
Tim Smith avatar
Shared by: Tim Smith on Jun, 2013
Summary: We have become captive to the idea that faith is a private matter. We have bought into society’s value of individualism. Individualism is leading life one’s own way with little to no regard or connection to others. But is that what God wants for us?
Ian Humphrey avatar
Achan's Sin
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Achan's Sin
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-8:26
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 204
Ian Humphrey avatar
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-26
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 140
Manny Salva Cruz avatar
What To Do When Depressed
Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Oct, 2015
Summary: Many times, we have difficulty serving the Lord when we are emotionally depressed and we don't know what to do. In this message, we will discuss the causes and the cures for depression basing from Joshua's experiences in the defeat from Ai.
Series: Joshua
Christian Cheong avatar
Don't Limit God
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Jul, 2015
Summary: Don't limit God to our understanding. We need to enlarge our view of God, allow God to stretch our faith in Him, and see the goodness of God in our lives.
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-21
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 964
Dr. William D.  Poovey avatar
Shared by: Dr. William D. Poovey on Apr, 2015
Summary: 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..
Scripture: Joshua 7:10-11
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 324
Christian Cheong avatar
Be Vigilant
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Mar, 2015
Summary: Be vigilant, because we are all vulnerable. Don't compromise, because we will lose out.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-26
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,745
William R. Nabaza avatar
Judgement slowed down by GOD
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2015
Summary: To show that GOD is very patient towards us and wanted us to repent so we could be like Him in every aspect of our life.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Joshua 7:14
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 484
Rick Finitzer avatar
"Whole Lotta Achan Goin' On!"
Shared by: Rick Finitzer on Nov, 2014
Summary: Rahab trusts in the God of Heaven and Earth and as a Canaanite is set free and rescued while Achan a member of the Covenant Community with a relationship with God displeases God, acts like a Canaanite and is judged!
Horace  Wimpey avatar
When God Doesn't Bless
Shared by: Horace Wimpey on Sep, 2014
Summary: God did not bless the nation of Israel when there was sin and disobedience in their midst. God will not bless the church when they are disobedient to his commands
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-26
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,402
Nelson Emeonu avatar
Shared by: Nelson Emeonu on Jul, 2014
Summary: God is a faithful God but He hates one thing- the lifestyle of Sin. This three letter words tie the hands of God. It makes Him to be in opposition against one He should protect.
Series: Part 1
Scripture: Joshua 7:1
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 268
Jerry Flury avatar
What's Achan You?
Shared by: Jerry Flury on Jul, 2014
Summary: We often hear, "How I live my life and the things I do is nobody's business but mine as long as I don't hurt anyone else." Nothing could be further from the truth." How you live matters more than you think.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Joshua 7:2-9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 10,341
Davon Huss avatar
Achan's Folly
Shared by: Davon Huss on May, 2014
Summary: A sermon on accountability starting with Joshua 7 (Outline and material adapted from Daniel Overdorf's book, What the Bible Says About the Church: Rediscovering Community, Chapter 3 Communally Responsible, pages 80-93)
Mitchell Leonard avatar
A Memorial to the Accursed Thing
Shared by: Mitchell Leonard on May, 2014
Summary: The memorial to the sin of Achan
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-26
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 457
Donnie De loney avatar
Hidden Sins, Damaged Lives
Shared by: Donnie De loney on Apr, 2014
Summary: Sin destroys people-their loved ones and bring heartache and death
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-26
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,235
Victor Ramlall avatar
Shared by: Victor Ramlall on Feb, 2014
Summary: Sin, whether secret or public endangers not only the individual but those around as well. A person, a family, a community, a nation can fall under the curse of sin with grievous consequences. Abstain from all appearances of evil!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-13
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 691
John Hamby avatar
There Is No Such Thing As A Secret Sin
Shared by: John Hamby on Dec, 2013
Summary: This story has much to teach about the devastating effects of sin.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-26
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,275
Todd Pope avatar
Ai Rebound
Shared by: Todd Pope on Nov, 2013
Summary: Part 4 of 4-part series called "Josh's Journey" which looked at 4 different scenes from Joshua's life. The bottom line for this message is: "Don't give up, get up!"
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-13
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 832
Tim Smith avatar
Shared by: Tim Smith on Jun, 2013
Summary: We have become captive to the idea that faith is a private matter. In effect, we have bought into society’s value of individualism. Individualism is leading life one’s own way with little to no regard or connection to others
John Lowe avatar
The Story of Achan
Shared by: John Lowe on Apr, 2013
Summary: Sometimes I think we forget that God does not only love, but that He is also a just God who punishes sin. Let¡¦s remember that every sin we commit is a sin against God, and that sin not only hurts us, it also hurts others, and it hurts our relationship wi
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-26
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,651
Rick Pendleton avatar
The Fire and The Calf
Shared by: Rick Pendleton on Nov, 2012
Summary: God told Joshua the reason He would not answer their prayers or protect Israel was because "there is sin in the camp". I believe that is true for the church and Christians today. If you're afraid to preach sin... don't look at this one.
Scripture: Joshua 7:1-26
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 313
Martin Holland avatar
The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat
Shared by: Martin Holland on Sep, 2012
Summary: God always promises us as believers victory in Christ Jesus, but there are times we experience defeat. From the examples of Israel we can learn about experiencing victory or defeat.
Scripture: Joshua 6:1-7:9
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,304