So Joshua said to Achan, “My son, now give glory to Yahweh the God of Israel, and make confession to him. Tell me now what you have done! Do not hide it from me!” Bible see other translations

“give glory to Yahweh.” In this context, giving glory to Yahweh was acknowledging that Yahweh directed the process in finding Achan, and then confessing his sin and telling what he had done without hiding anything. It was an idiomatic way of expressing an oath to tell the truth (cp. John 9:24).

“Do not hide it from me!” In many ways, this parallels the record of Peter with Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11. Both Achan and Ananias and Sapphira were trying to hide the fact that they lied and kept things for themselves, in both cases the facts were not hidden from God (cp. Heb. 4:13), and in both cases, it was early in the formation of the community. Here in Joshua 7, Israel had just crossed the Jordan and was forming a nation, and in Acts 5 the early Church was still forming as a believer community.

Commentary for: Joshua 7:19