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Achan (ă'kan), troubler. A man of the tribe of Judah, who at the sacking of Jericho took, contrary to God's express command, a portion of the spoil. Hence the repulse before Ai. Achan's guilt being discovered, he was carried with his family and all his property into the valley of Achor, and there stoned and afterwards burned. It would seem that Achan's family shared his punishment—how far they were involved in his crime we know not—and that his possessions were destroyed. Joshua 7:1-26. He is also called Achar (â'kar).

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Achan'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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