Joshua Chapter 8 (1611 Bible)
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1 And the Lord said vnto Ioshua, Feare not, neither be thou dismaid: take all the people of warre with thee, and arise, goe vp to Ai: See, I haue giuen into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his citie, and his land.
2 And thou shalt doe to Ai and her king, as thou diddest vnto Iericho and her king: Onely the spoile thereof and the cattell thereof shall ye take for a pray vnto your selues: lay thee an ambush for the citie, behind it.
14 ¶ And it came to passe when the King of Ai saw it, that they hasted, and rose vp early, and the men of the citie went out against Israel to battell, hee, and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plaine, but hee wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.
18 And the Lord said vnto Ioshua, Stretch out the speare that is in thy hand, toward Ai; for I will giue it into thine hand. And Ioshua stretched out the speare that hee had in his hand, toward the city.
20 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and behold, the smoke of the city ascended vp to heauen, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wildernesse, turned backe vpon the pursuers.
22 And the other issued out of the citie against them, so they were in the midst of Israel; some on this side, and some on that side, and they smote them; so that they let none of them remaine or escape.
24 And it came to passe when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai, in the field, in the wildernesse wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, vntill they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned vnto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword.
29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree vntil euentide: and assoone as the sunne was downe, Ioshua commaunded that they should take his carkeise downe from the tree, and cast it at the entring of the gate of the citie, and raise thereon a great heape of stones that remaineth vnto this day.
31 As Moses the seruant of the Lord commaunded the children of Israel, as it is written in the booke of the Law of Moses, an Altar of whole stones, ouer which no man hath lift vp any yron: and they offred theron burnt offerings vnto the Lord, and sacrificed peace offerings.
33 And all Israel, and their Elders, and Officers, and their Iudges, stood on this side the Arke, and on that side, before the Priests the Leuites, which bare the Arke of the Couenant of the Lord, aswell the stranger, as he that was borne among them: halfe of them ouer against mount Gerizim, and halfe of them ouer against mount Ebal, as Moses the seruant of the Lord had commanded before, that they should blesse the people of Israel.
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Phinehas's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 5/19/2013, 9:09pm...
Dear brothers and sisters! I have a question. Is it a sin to deceive the people of Ai? Does ambushing disagrees with the command "thou shalt not lie"?
Jerry's Joshua Chapter 8 comment about verse 18 on 10/29/2012, 11:10am...
Could Moses have trained Joshua for possible scenarios for war? The key for the battle of AI was not just deception, but to quickly terminate a people who should not have been a contest for the Israelites in the first place. The city of AI faced the sun as it rose. They saw the sun as one of their high gods. Staring at their enemies only hurt their eyes. AI sent in their chariots, probably in a pincer movement with the greater number on one side to close a sweeping door on their enemies slaughtering them all with extreme prejudice. The closer Israelites were not even observed as the chariots raced to their objective. What troubles me is the dispute with some translations on Joshua's weapon of preference. The Hebrew gives enough detail that it was a spear which could, in close combat, be as a sword; or at some ground play, be used as a throwing device. A short battle ended in much bloodshed. The kind that was meant for the Israelites.
Marko M German's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 10/28/2012, 1:42pm...
God promises all a life that is victorious, that's if we obey every word He tells us. On a contrary to victorious life following our obedience before Him, He announces defeat unto us if we turn our back to his decrees. Every man must learn to hold fast to whatever God asks us to do or else, he shall suffer consequences.
Joshua's Joshua Chapter 8 comment about verse 30 on 7/21/2012, 7:59am...
children of God should obey God all the time.
James's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 11/29/2011, 11:06am...
I pray that all might see that the KJV 1611 is the only way.
Man has changed God's word, not God.
May God Bless you and yours.
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