Joshua Chapter 8
1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.
14 And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.
20 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.
22 And the other issued out of the city 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 remain or escape.
24 And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword.
29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.
31 As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.
33 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel.
35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.
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Matthew Henry's Joshua Chapter 8 Bible commentary...
God encourages Joshua. (1,2) The taking of Ai. (3-22) The destruction of Ai and its king. (23-29) The law read on Ebal and Gerizim. (30-35)1,2 When we have faithfully put away sin, that accursed thing which separates between us and God, then, and not till then, we may look to hear from God to our comfort; and God's directing us how to go on in our Christian work and warfare, is a good evidence of his being reconciled to us. God encouraged Joshua to proceed. At Ai the spoil was not to be destroyed as at Jericho, therefore there was no danger of the people's committing such a trespass. Achan, who caught at forbidden spoil, lost that, and life, and all; but the rest of the people, who kept themselves from the accursed thing, were quickly rewarded for their obedience. The way to have the comfort of what God allows us, is, to keep from what he forbids us. No man shall lose by self-denial.
3-22 Observe Joshua's conduct and prudence. Those that would maintain their spiritual conflicts must not love their ease. Probably he went into the valley alone, to pray to God for a blessing, and he did not seek in vain. He never drew back till the work was done. Those that have stretched out their hands against their spiritual enemies, must never draw them back.
23-29 God, the righteous Judge, had sentenced the Canaanites for their wickedness; the Israelites only executed his doom. None of their conduct can be drawn into an example for others. Especial reason no doubt there was for this severity to the king of Ai; it is likely he had been notoriously wicked and vile, and a blasphemer of the God of Israel.
30-35 As soon as Joshua got to the mountains Ebal and Gerizim, without delay, and without caring for the unsettled state of Israel, or their enemies, he confirmed the covenant of the Lord with his people, as appointed, #De 11; 27|. We must not think to defer covenanting with God till we are settled in the world; nor must any business put us from minding and pursuing the one thing needful. The way to prosper is to begin with God, #Mt 6:33|. They built an altar, and offered sacrifice to God, in token of their dedicating themselves to God, as living sacrifices to his honour, in and by a Mediator. By Christ's sacrifice of himself for us, we have peace with God. It is a great mercy to any people to have the law of God in writing, and it is fit that the written law should be in a known tongue, that it may be seen and read of all men.
Jean brown's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 7/16/2014, 12:05pm...
THERE WAS A REASON FOR SUCH A SMART MILITARY MOVE THAT GOD HAD JOSHUA MAKE AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES. WITHOUT GODS LEADING THEY WOULD HAVE PERISHED ,BY THE HAND OF THESE ENIMIES ,AND NOT HAVE REACHED GOD 'S DESTANY FOR THEM TO THIS DAY .
Pamela Phillips's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 5/17/2014, 1:49pm...
I believe we must hold onto God during stuff times, against all attacks they may come upon us. In this Chapter there are five words that are repeated which gives me hope, " And it came to pass ". So whatever battle we are facing it will pass in the name of Jesus!
Charlie frank's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 3/23/2014, 11:09am...
what happened to love thy neighbour i guess it wasn t manditory back in the day if god had the power to let joshua take on the people of ai and win why couldn t it be done peacefully
Anonymous's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 1/14/2014, 1:39am...
i have a question, why are people condemming other versions bible
Prince Elliot Uamai's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 11/27/2013, 6:50am...
Have you actually pondered on the reasons and the effect of the spear the Lord asked Joshua to stretched out towards Ai? To me, the spear jerked those soldiers in ambush into action and at the same time connotes total elimination of the heathen nation, Ai. Joshua never withdrew his hand until a land-slide victory was achieved. We need to fear this God. He is indeed a 'Man' of war.
Nancy Murkeldove's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 11/20/2013, 10:16am...
I think Joshua was a man led by God and it is the only way that we as American will succeed in this day and time
Phinehas's Joshua Chapter 8 comment on 5/19/2013, 8:09pm...
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"?
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