Question:

Was Achan’s family destroyed along with him? I have found through other commentaries, Henry; Clarke; Jamison, Faucett and Brown, etc. both yes and no answers. I’d like to know before this Sunday morning's Bible class. Thank you in advance.


Answer:

"Then Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, the silver, the garment, the wedge of gold, his sons, his daughters, his oxen, his donkeys, his sheep, his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Achor. And Joshua said, "Why have you troubled us? The LORD will trouble you this day." So all Israel stoned him with stones; and they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. Then they raised over him a great heap of stones, still there to this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of His anger. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Achor to this day" (Joshua 7:24-26).

"Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? And that man did not perish alone in his iniquity" (Joshua 22:20).

Since the items were hidden in his tent, his family was aware of what he had done and yet remained silent, showing that they condoned what he had done.