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The "accursed thing" was anything in Jericho other than the metallic vessels, which were to be taken "into the treasury of the LORD" (Joshua 6:19). All else was to be "accursed," literally "devoted" to God--that is, offered up to the Lord rather than kept for personal gain (Joshua 6:17). This was accomplished by burning the city to the ground--a great burnt offering. Achan, however, "coveted" and "took" some of the valuables for himself (Joshua 7:21), thus inhibiting God's continued blessing on the Canaanite campaign until the sin could be eliminated from the camp.
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