Tyndale Bible

Joshua 8

God encourageth Joshua.

Joshua 8:1 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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: Joshua 8:2 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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.

The stratagem whereby Ai was taken.

Joshua 8:3 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valor, and sent them away by night. Joshua 8:4 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, [even] behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready: Joshua 8:5 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And I, and all the people that [are] with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them, Joshua 8:6 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} (For they will come out after us) till we have drawn them from the city; for they will say, They flee before us, as at the first: therefore we will flee before them. Joshua 8:7 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city: for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand. Joshua 8:8 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And it shall be, when ye have taken the city, [that] ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the LORD shall ye do. See, I have commanded you.

Joshua 8:9 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Joshua therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in ambush, and abode between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the people. Joshua 8:10 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. Joshua 8:11 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And all the people, [even the people] of war that [were] with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai: now [there was] a valley between them and Ai. Joshua 8:12 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city. Joshua 8:13 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And when they had set the people, [even] all the host that [was] on the north of the city, and their liers in wait on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of the valley.

Joshua 8:14 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 knew not that [there were] liers in ambush against him behind the city. Joshua 8:15 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness. Joshua 8:16 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And all the people that [were] in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city. Joshua 8:17 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel. Joshua 8:18 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that [is] in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that [he had] in his hand toward the city. Joshua 8:19 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire. Joshua 8:20 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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. Joshua 8:21 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of Ai. Joshua 8:22 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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. Joshua 8:23 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua. Joshua 8:24 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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. Joshua 8:25 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And [so] it was, [that] all that fell that day, both of men and women, [were] twelve thousand, [even] all the men of Ai. Joshua 8:26 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. Joshua 8:27 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua. Joshua 8:28 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap forever, [even] a desolation unto this day.

The king thereof is hanged.

Joshua 8:29 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 carcass 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.

Joshua buildeth an altar,

Joshua 8:30 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal, Joshua 8:31 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 lifted up [any] iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.

writeth the Law on stones,

Joshua 8:32 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel. Joshua 8:33 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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 bore 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.

propoundeth blessings and cursings.

Joshua 8:34 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law. Joshua 8:35 {not in Tyndale; KJV:} 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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