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This terrible event was a precise fulfillment of Joshua's prophecy at the time he had destroyed Jericho over 500 years before (Joshua 6:26). Hiel determined to rebuild the fortifications of Jericho, defying Joshua's curse on anyone attempting this, evidently as a gesture of Baalite defiance of Jehovah. It cost him the lives of his sons, either as sacrifices to Baal or as casualties of the construction work.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8