Joshua 8 ©
God encourageth Joshua. The stratagem for taking Ai. Joshua placeth the ambush, and advanceth toward the city. Ai is taken, and the king thereof hanged. The altar is built in Ebal, the law written on stones, and the blessings and curses pronounced before the people, as Moses had commanded.
AND the LORD said unto Joshua, aFear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, bI have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
And thou cshalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: donly the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a *prey unto yourselves: elay thee an ambush for the city behind it.
And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie 1in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready:
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.
And he took about ofive thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side 3of the city.
And when they had set the people, even all the host that was on the north of the city, and their 4liers in wait on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of the valley.
¶And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and pthe men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but qhe *wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.
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.
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.
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 areturned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword.
And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of bAi.
For Joshua cdrew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.
dOnly 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.
And the king of Ai he fhanged on a tree until eventide: gand 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 hraise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.
As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the jbook of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they koffered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.
And mall Israel, and their elders, and nofficers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, owhich bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well pthe stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; qas Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel.