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 Joshua 8:1 - 29
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   Book of Joshua
   Chapter 8
8:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Take the whole army with you, and go up and attack Ai. For I have delivered into your hands the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land.
 
8:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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You shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king, except that you may carry off their plunder and livestock for yourselves. Set an ambush behind the city."
 
8:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Joshua and the whole army moved out to attack Ai. He chose thirty thousand of his best fighting men and sent them out at night
 
8:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
with these orders: "Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don't go very far from it. All of you be on the alert.
 
8:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
I and all those with me will advance on the city, and when the men come out against us, as they did before, we will flee from them.
 
8:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They will pursue us until we have lured them away from the city, for they will say, 'They are running away from us as they did before.' So when we flee from them,
 
8:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
you are to rise up from ambush and take the city. The LORD your God will give it into your hand.
 
8:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When you have taken the city, set it on fire. Do what the LORD has commanded. See to it; you have my orders."
 
8:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Joshua sent them off, and they went to the place of ambush and lay in wait between Bethel and Ai, to the west of Ai - but Joshua spent that night with the people.
 
8:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Early the next morning Joshua mustered his men, and he and the leaders of Israel marched before them to Ai.
 
8:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The entire force that was with him marched up and approached the city and arrived in front of it. They set up camp north of Ai, with the valley between them and the city.
 
8:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Joshua had taken about five thousand men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city.
 
8:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They had the soldiers take up their positions - all those in the camp to the north of the city and the ambush to the west of it. That night Joshua went into the valley.
 
8:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When the king of Ai saw this, he and all the men of the city hurried out early in the morning to meet Israel in battle at a certain place overlooking the Arabah. But he did not know that an ambush had been set against him behind the city.
 
8:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Joshua and all Israel let themselves be driven back before them, and they fled toward the desert.
 
8:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
All the men of Ai were called to pursue them, and they pursued Joshua and were lured away from the city.
 
8:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Not a man remained in Ai or Bethel who did not go after Israel. They left the city open and went in pursuit of Israel.
 
8:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the LORD said to Joshua, "Hold out toward Ai the javelin that is in your hand, for into your hand I will deliver the city." So Joshua held out his javelin toward Ai.
 
8:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
As soon as he did this, the men in the ambush rose quickly from their position and rushed forward. They entered the city and captured it and quickly set it on fire.
 
8:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The men of Ai looked back and saw the smoke of the city rising against the sky, but they had no chance to escape in any direction, for the Israelites who had been fleeing toward the desert had turned back against their pursuers.
 
8:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
For when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city and that smoke was going up from the city, they turned around and attacked the men of Ai.
 
8:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The men of the ambush also came out of the city against them, so that they were caught in the middle, with Israelites on both sides. Israel cut them down, leaving them neither survivors nor fugitives.
 
8:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But they took the king of Ai alive and brought him to Joshua.
 
8:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the desert where they had chased them, and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai and killed those who were in it.
 
8:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Twelve thousand men and women fell that day - all the people of Ai.
 
8:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
For Joshua did not draw back the hand that held out his javelin until he had destroyed F24 all who lived in Ai.
 
8:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But Israel did carry off for themselves the livestock and plunder of this city, as the LORD had instructed Joshua.
 
8:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Joshua burned Ai and made it a permanent heap of ruins, a desolate place to this day.
 
8:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He hung the king of Ai on a tree and left him there until evening. At sunset, Joshua ordered them to take his body from the tree and throw it down at the entrance of the city gate. And they raised a large pile of rocks over it, which remains to this day.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F24 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the LORD, often by totally destroying them.

 
 

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