And it was so, that just as Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven shofars of rams’ horns before Yahweh went forward and blew the shofars and the ark of the covenant of Yahweh followed them. Bible

“just as Joshua had spoken.” The emphasis here is that the priests and people did “just as” Joshua had spoken (cp. ESV; RSV; NJB). A major theme in Joshua is Joshua obeying Yahweh, and then the people obeying Joshua (see commentary on Josh. 4:16).

“went forward.” Literally, “crossed over” (see commentary on Josh. 6:7).

Commentary for: Joshua 6:8