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Authors: Peltz, George A. (George Alexander)
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; at the end of the seventh round the priests blewtheir trumpets and all the people shouted. What good would that do ? asked Charley. - Did they expectto scare the people by yelling at them ? H TIr ^TVf thGm t0 d° jt- D° if they did and in *i instantdown tumbled the great walls and towers of the city, leavino- Jericho a tota ruin With the falling walls most of their soldiers must ha!been killed. They would naturally crowd to the tops of the wallsand the towers to see the marching outside and to resist attack, if itshould be made When these walls fell so suddenly and so unex-pectedly they had no chance to escape. They must have beencrushed and mangled in great heaps, and the city became the easyprey of the Israelites. y VICTORY AND DEFEAT. 207 Well, well! cried Mary. That was an amazing victoiy. Yes ; but it had in it the seeds of defeat. God had said that allthe goods of the city should be set apart for Him. The soldiersknew this, and had they been obedient all would have been well.
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// came to pass when the people shoutrd with a great shout, that the wall /ell downjlat.-Joshua vi, 20. But one man kept for himself some valuable stuff that he found.No other fellow-soldier knew it; but God saw it and sent troublebecause of it. There was another city called Ai, and Joshua nextwent up against it. He thought to take it with just a few men ; buthis men completely failed, and they were chased in disgrace from 20S GRANDPA GOOD WINS STORIES. the walls. Then Joshua was in distress; he wept and prayed, untilGod told him the cause of the trouble and how to detect the manwho had done the wrong. Why didnt God punish the man ? asked Charley. Yes ; but He wanted to impress the people, so that every one of them should feel concern in the case. So He ordered that all the tribes should come, one by one, before Him. They came, and He took the tribe of Judah; then all the families of this tribe came, and He took that of Zerah; then this family came by its households, and He took the h
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