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1. And the LORD said to Joshua, “Do not fear, nor be dismayed. Take all the people of war with you and arise; go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land.

2. And you shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king. Only its spoil and its livestock you shall take for a prize for yourselves. Lay an ambush for the city behind it.”

3. So Joshua and all the people of war arose to go up against Ai. And Joshua chose out thirty thousand men, mighty warriors, and sent them away by night.

4. And he commanded them, saying, “Behold, you will be an ambush against the city, behind the city. You shall not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready.

5. And I, and all the people with me, shall go toward the city. And it shall be, when they come out against us, as at the first, we will flee before them,

6. For they will come out after us, until we have drawn them out of the city, for they will say, ‘They flee before us, even as at the first.’ And we will flee before them.

7. Then you shall rise up from the ambush and seize upon the city, for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand.

8. And it shall be, when you have taken the city, you shall set the city on fire, according to the command of the LORD you shall do. See, I have commanded you.”

9. And Joshua sent them out. And they went to lie in ambush and stayed between Bethel and Ai on the west side of Ai. But Joshua stayed that night among the people.

10. And Joshua rose up early in the morning and called up the people. And they went up, he and the elders of Israel, in the sight of the people of Ai.

11. And all the people of war with him went up and drew near. And they came before the city and pitched on the north side of Ai. And a valley was between them and Ai.

12. 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.

13. And when they had set the people, all the army that was on the north of the city and its rear ambush on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the middle of the valley.

14. And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, they hurried and rose up early. And the men of the city went out to do battle against Israel, he and all his people, at the time appointed before the plain. But he did not know that there were some lying in ambush against him behind the city.

15. And Joshua and all Israel acted as if they were beaten before them and fled by the way of the wilderness.

16. And all the people in Ai were called together to run after them. And they ran after Joshua and were drawn away from the city.

17. And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel who did not go after Israel. They left the city open and ran after Israel.

18. And the LORD said to Joshua, “Stretch out the spear in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out the spear in his hand toward the city.

19. And the ambushers arose quickly out of their place and ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand. And they entered into the city, took it, and hurried and set the city on fire.

20. And the men of Ai looked behind them and saw. And, behold, the smoke of the city went up into the sky, and they had no power to flee this way or that way. And the people who fled to the wilderness turned back against the pursuers.

21. And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city went up, then they turned again and killed the men of Ai.

22. And the others came out of the city against them. Thus they were in the middle of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side. And they struck them so that they let none of them remain or escape.

23. But they took the king of Ai and brought him alive to Joshua.

24. And it came to pass when Israel had made an end of killing all those who lived in Ai, in the field and in the wilderness where they chased them, and when they had all fallen on the edge of the sword until they were gone, all the Israelites returned to Ai and struck it with the edge of the sword.

25. And all who fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, all the men of Ai,

26. For Joshua did not draw his hand back, with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the people of Ai.

27. Only, Israel took the spoil of the livestock and that city for a prize for themselves, according to the word of the LORD which He commanded Joshua.

28. And Joshua burned Ai and made it a heap forever, a ruin to this day.

29. And he hanged the king of Ai on a tree until evening. And as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his body down from the tree and throw it down at the entrance to the gate of the city, and raise on it a great heap of stones, still standing to this day.

30. Then Joshua built an altar to the LORD God of Israel in Mount Ebal,

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 has lifted any iron. And they offered on it burnt offerings to the LORD and sacrificed peace offerings.

32. 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.

33. And all Israel, and their elders and officers, and their judges, stood on this side of the ark, and on that side before the priests, the Levites, who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD, the stranger as well as the homeborn 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 all the people of Israel.

34. 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.

35. There was not a word of all that Moses commanded which Joshua did not read before all the congregation of Israel, with the women and the little ones, and the strangers that walked among them.

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HCHVqq2ms
to AiH5857
HRHNp
and its kingH4428
HCHRHNcmscHSp3fs
asH834
HRHTr
you didH6213
HVqp2ms
to JerichoH3405
HRHNp
and its king.H4428
HCHRHNcmscHSp3fs
OnlyH7535
HTa
its spoilH7998
HNcmscHSp3fs
and its livestockH929
HCHNcfscHSp3fs
you shall take for a prizeH962
HVqi2mp
for yourselves.Hl
HRHSp2mp
LayH7760
HVqv2ms
Hl
HRHSp2ms
an ambushH693
HVqrmsa
for the cityH5892
HRdHNcfsa
behind it."H310
HRHRHSp3fs

So JoshuaH3091
HNp
and allH3605
HCHNcmsc
the peopleH5971
HNcmsc
of warH4421
HTdHNcfsa
aroseH6965
HCHVqw3ms
to go upH5927
HRHVqc
against Ai.H5857
HTdHNp
And JoshuaH3091
HNp
chose outH977
HCHVqw3ms
thirtyH7970
HAcbpa
thousandH505
HAcbsa
men,H376
HNcmsa
mightyH2428
HTdHNcmsa
warriors,H1368
HAampc
and sent them awayH7971
HCHVqw3msHSp3mp
by night.H3915
HNcmsa

And he commandedH6680
HCHVpw3ms
them,H853
HToHSp3mp
saying,H559
HRHVqc
"Behold,H7200
HVqv2mp
youH859
HPp2mp
will bean ambushH693
HVqrmpa
against the city,H5892
HRdHNcfsa
behindH310
HRHR
the city.H5892
HTdHNcfsa
You shall notH408
HTn
go veryH3966
HD
farH7368
HVhj2mp
fromH4480
HR
the city,H5892
HTdHNcfsa
but allH3605
HNcmscHSp2mp
of you beH1961
HCHVqq2mp
ready.H3559
HVNrmpa

And I,H589
HCHPp1cs
and allH3605
HCHNcmsc
the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
H834
HTr
with me,H854
HRHSp1cs
shall goH7126
HVqi1cp
towardH413
HR
the city.H5892
HTdHNcfsa
And it shall be,H1961
HCHVqq3ms
whenH3588
HC
they come outH3318
HVqi3mp
against us,H7125
HRHVqcHSp1cp
asH834
HRHTr
at the first,H7223
HRdHAafsa
we will fleeH5127
HCHVqq1cp
before them,H6440
HRHNcbpcHSp3mp

For they will come outH3318
HCHVqq3cp
after us,H310
HRHSp1cp
untilH5704
HR
we have drawnH5423
HVhcHSp1cp
themH853
HToHSp3mp
out ofH4480
HR
the city,H5892
HTdHNcfsa
forH3588
HC
they will say,H559
HVqi3mp
'They fleeH5127
HVqrmpa
before us,H6440
HRHNcbpcHSp1cp
even asH834
HRHTr
at the first.'H7223
HRdHAafsa
And we will fleeH5127
HCHVqq1cp
before them.H6440
HRHNcbpcHSp3mp

Then youH859
HCHPp2mp
shall rise upH6965
HVqi2mp
from the ambushH693
HRHTdHVqrmsa
and seizeH3423
HCHVhq2mp
H853
HTo
upon the city,H5892
HTdHNcfsa
for the LORDH3068
HNp
your GodH430
HNcmpcHSp2mp
will deliver itH5414
HCHVqq3msHSp3fs
into your hand.H3027
HRHNcbscHSp2mp

And it shall be,H1961
HCHVqq3ms
when you have takenH8610
HRHVqcHSp2mp
H853
HTo
the city,H5892
HTdHNcfsa
you shall setH3341
HVhi2mp
H853
HTo
the cityH5892
HTdHNcfsa
on fire,H784
HRdHNcbsa
according to the commandH1697
HRHNcmsc
of the LORDH3068
HNp
you shall do.H6213
HVqi2mp
See,H7200
HVqv2mp
I have commandedH6680
HVpp1cs
you."H853
HToHSp2mp

And JoshuaH3091
HNp
sent them out.H7971
HCHVqw3msHSp3mp
And they wentH3212
HCHVqw3mp
toH413
HR
lie in ambushH3993
HTdHNcmsa
and stayedH3427
HCHVqw3mp
betweenH996
HR
BethelH1008
HNp
andH996
HCHR
AiH5857
HTdHNp
on the west sideH3220
HRHNcmsa
of Ai.H5857
HRHNp
But JoshuaH3091
HNp
stayedH3885
HCHVqw3ms
thatH1931
HTdHPp3ms
nightH3915
HRdHNcmsa
amongH8432
HRHNcmsc
the people.H5971
HTdHNcmsa

And JoshuaH3091
HNp
rose up earlyH7925
HCHVhw3ms
in the morningH1242
HRdHNcmsa
and called upH6485
HCHVqw3ms
H853
HTo
the people.H5971
HTdHNcmsa
And they went up,H5927
HCHVqw3ms
heH1931
HPp3ms
and the eldersH2205
HCHAampc
of Israel,H3478
HNp
in the sightH6440
HRHNcbpc
of the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
of Ai.H5857
HTdHNp

And allH3605
HCHNcmsc
the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
of warH4421
HTdHNcfsa
H834
HTr
with himH854
HRHSp3ms
went upH5927
HVqp3cp
and drew near.H5066
HCHVqw3mp
And they cameH935
HCHVqw3mp
beforeH5048
HR
the cityH5892
HTdHNcfsa
and pitchedH2583
HCHVqw3mp
on the north sideH6828
HRHNcfsc
of Ai.H5857
HRHNp
And a valleyH1516
HCHTdHNcbsa
wasbetween themH996
HRHSp3ms
andH996
HCHR
Ai.H5857
HTdHNp

And he tookH3947
HCHVqw3ms
about fiveH2568
HRHAcmsc
thousandH505
HAcbpa
menH376
HNcmsa
and setH7760
HCHVqw3ms
themH853
HToHSp3mp
to lie in ambushH693
HVqrmsa
betweenH996
HR
BethelH1008
HNp
andH996
HCHR
AiH5857
HTdHNp
on the west sideH3220
HRHNcmsa
of the city.H5892
HRdHNcfsa

And when they had setH7760
HCHVqw3mp
the people,H5971
HTdHNcmsa
H853
HTo
allH3605
HNcmsc
the armyH4264
HTdHNcbsa
thatH834
HTr
was on the northH6828
HRHNcfsc
of the cityH5892
HRdHNcfsa
andH853
HCHTo
its rearH6119
HNcmscHSp3ms
ambushon the westH3220
HRHNcmsa
of the city,H5892
HRdHNcfsa
JoshuaH3091
HNp
wentH3212
HCHVqw3ms
thatH1931
HTdHPp3ms
nightH3915
HRdHNcmsa
into the middleH8432
HRHNcmsc
of the valley.H6010
HTdHNcmsa

And it came to pass,H1961
HCHVqw3ms
when the kingH4428
HNcmsc
of AiH5857
HTdHNp
sawH7200
HRHVqc
it, they hurriedH4116
HCHVpw3mp
and rose up early.H7925
HCHVhw3mp
And the menH376
HNcmpc
of the cityH5892
HTdHNcfsa
went outH3318
HCHVqw3mp
to doH7125
HRHVqc
battleH4421
HRdHNcfsa
against Israel,H3478
HNp
heH1931
HPp3ms
and allH3605
HCHNcmsc
his people,H5971
HNcmscHSp3ms
at the time appointedH4150
HRdHNcmsa
beforeH6440
HRHNcbpc
the plain.H6160
HTdHNcfsa
ButheH1931
HCHPp3ms
did notH3808
HTn
knowH3045
HVqp3ms
thatH3588
HC
there weresome lying in ambushH693
HVqrmsa
against himHl
HRHSp3ms
behindH310
HRHR
the city.H5892
HTdHNcfsa

And JoshuaH3091
HNp
and allH3605
HCHNcmsc
IsraelH3478
HNp
acted as if they were beatenH5060
HCHVNw3mp
before themH6440
HRHNcbpcHSp3mp
and fledH5127
HCHVqw3mp
by the wayH1870
HNcbsc
of the wilderness.H4057
HTdHNcmsa

And allH3605
HNcmsc
the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
H834
HTr
in AiH5857
HRHNp
were calledH2199
HCHVNw3mp
together to runH7291
HRHVqc
after them.H310
HRHSp3mp
And they ranH7291
HCHVqw3mp
afterH310
HR
JoshuaH3091
HNp
and were drawn awayH5423
HCHVNw3mp
fromH4480
HR
the city.H5892
HTdHNcfsa

And the LORDH3068
HNp
saidH559
HCHVqw3ms
toH413
HR
Joshua,H3091
HNp
"Stretch outH5186
HVqv2ms
theH834
HTr
spearH3591
HRdHNcmsa
in your handH3027
HRHNcbscHSp2ms
towardH413
HR
Ai,H5857
HTdHNp
forH3588
HC
I will give itH5414
HVqi1csHSp3fs
into your hand."H3027
HRHNcbscHSp2ms
And JoshuaH3091
HNp
stretched outH5186
HCHVqw3ms
theH834
HTr
spearH3591
HRdHNcmsa
in his handH3027
HRHNcbscHSp3ms
towardH413
HR
the city.H5892
HTdHNcfsa

And the ambushersH693
HCHTdHVqrmsa
aroseH6965
HVqp3ms
quicklyH4120
HNcfsa
out of their placeH4725
HRHNcmscHSp3ms
and ranH7323
HCHVqw3mp
as soon as he had stretched outH5186
HRHVqc
his hand.H3027
HNcbscHSp3ms
And they enteredH935
HCHVqw3mp
into the city,H5892
HTdHNcfsa
took it,H3920
HCHVqw3mpHSp3fs
and hurriedH4116
HCHVpw3mp
and setH3341
HCHVhw3mp
H853
HTo
the cityH5892
HTdHNcfsa
on fire.H784
HRdHNcbsa

And the menH376
HNcmpc
of AiH5857
HTdHNp
lookedH6437
HCHVqw3mp
behind themH310
HRHSp3mp
and saw.H7200
HCHVqw3mp
And, behold,H2009
HCHTm
the smokeH6227
HNcmsc
of the cityH5892
HTdHNcfsa
went upH5927
HVqp3ms
into the sky,H8064
HTdHNcmpaHSd
and they hadH1961
HVqp3ms
Hb
HRHSp3mp
noH3808
HCHTn
powerH3027
HNcbda
to fleeH5127
HRHVqc
this wayH2008
HD
or that way.H2008
HCHD
And the peopleH5971
HCHTdHNcmsa
who fledH5127
HTdHVqrmsa
to the wildernessH4057
HTdHNcmsa
turned backH2015
HVNp3ms
againstH413
HR
the pursuers.H7291
HTdHVqrmsa

And when JoshuaH3091
HCHNp
and allH3605
HCHNcmsc
IsraelH3478
HNp
sawH7200
HVqp3cp
thatH3588
HC
the ambushH693
HTdHVqrmsa
had takenH3920
HVqp3ms
H853
HTo
the city,H5892
HTdHNcfsa
and thatH3588
HCHC
the smokeH6227
HNcmsc
of the cityH5892
HTdHNcfsa
went up,H5927
HVqp3ms
then they turned againH7725
HCHVqw3mp
and killedH5221
HCHVhw3mp
H853
HTo
the menH376
HNcmpc
of Ai.H5857
HTdHNp

And the othersH428
HCHPdxcp
came outH3318
HVqp3cp
ofH4480
HR
the cityH5892
HTdHNcfsa
against them.H7125
HRHVqcHSp3mp
Thus they wereH1961
HCHVqw3mp
in the middleH8432
HRdHNcmsa
of Israel,H3478
HRHNp
someH428
HPdxcp
on this side,H2088
HRHPdxms
and someH428
HCHPdxcp
on that side.H2088
HRHPdxms
And they struckH5221
HCHVhw3mp
themH853
HToHSp3mp
so thatH5704
HR
they letH7604
HVhp3ms
noneH1115
HC
of themHl
HRHSp3ms
remainH8300
HNcmsa
or escape.H6412
HCHNcmsa

And it came to passH1961
HCHVqw3ms
when IsraelH3478
HNp
had made an endH3615
HRHVpc
of killingH2026
HRHVqc
H853
HTo
allH3605
HNcmsc
those who livedH3427
HVqrmpc
in Ai,H5857
HTdHNp
in the fieldH7704
HRdHNcmsa
and in the wildernessH4057
HRdHNcmsa
whereH834
HTr
they chased them,H7291
HVqp3cpHSp3mp
Hb
HRHSp3ms
and when they had allH3605
HNcmscHSp3mp
fallenH5307
HCHVqw3mp
on the edgeH6310
HRHNcmsc
of the swordH2719
HNcfsa
untilH5704
HR
they were gone,H8552
HVqcHSp3mp
allH3605
HNcmsc
the IsraelitesH3478
HNp
returnedH7725
HCHVqw3mp
to AiH5857
HTdHNp
and struckH5221
HCHVhw3mp
itH853
HToHSp3fs
with the edgeH6310
HRHNcmsc
of the sword.H2719
HNcfsa

For JoshuaH3091
HCHNp
did notH3808
HTn
draw his handH3027
HNcbscHSp3ms
back,H7725
HVhp3ms
with whichH834
HTr
he stretched outH5186
HVqp3ms
the spear,H3591
HRdHNcmsa
untilH5704
HR
H834
HTr
he had utterly destroyedH2763
HVhp3ms
H853
HTo
allH3605
HNcmsc
the peopleH3427
HVqrmpc
of Ai.H5857
HTdHNp

Only,H7535
HTa
IsraelH3478
HNp
took the spoilH962
HVqp3cp
of the livestockH929
HTdHNcfsa
and thatH1931
HTdHPp3fs
cityH5892
HTdHNcfsa
for a prizeH7998
HCHNcmsc
for themselves,Hl
HRHSp3mp
according to the wordH1697
HRHNcmsc
of the LORDH3068
HNp
whichH834
HTr
He commandedH6680
HVpp3ms
H853
HTo
Joshua.H3091
HNp

AndH853
HCHTo
he hangedH8518
HVqp3ms
the kingH4428
HNcmsc
of AiH5857
HTdHNp
onH5921
HR
a treeH6086
HTdHNcmsa
untilH5704
HR
H6256
HNcbsc
evening.H6153
HTdHNcmsa
And as soon as the sunH8121
HTdHNcbsa
was down,H935
HCHRHVqc
JoshuaH3091
HNp
commandedH6680
HVpp3ms
that they should takeH3381
HCHVhw3mp
H853
HTo
his bodyH5038
HNcfscHSp3ms
down fromH4480
HR
the treeH6086
HTdHNcmsa
and throwH7993
HCHVhw3mp
itH853
HToHSp3fs
down atH413
HR
the entranceH6607
HNcmsc
toH5704
HR
the gateH8179
HNcmsc
of the city,H5892
HTdHNcfsa
and raiseH6965
HCHVhw3mp
on itH5921
HRHSp3ms
a greatH1419
HAamsa
heapH1530
HNcmsc
of stones,H68
HNcfpa
still standingto thisH2088
HTdHPdxms
day.H3117
HTdHNcmsa

ThenH227
HD
JoshuaH3091
HNp
builtH1129
HVqi3ms
an altarH4196
HNcmsa
to the LORDH3068
HRHNp
GodH430
HNcmpc
of IsraelH3478
HNp
in MountH2022
HRHNcmsc
Ebal,H5858
HNp

AsH834
HRHTr
MosesH4872
HNp
the servantH5650
HNcmsc
of the LORDH3068
HNp
commandedH6680
HVpp3ms
H853
HTo
the childrenH1121
HNcmpc
of Israel,H3478
HNp
as it is writtenH3789
HRdHVqsmsa
in the bookH5612
HRHNcmsc
of the lawH8451
HNcfsc
of Moses,H4872
HNp
an altarH4196
HNcmsc
of wholeH8003
HAafpa
stonesH68
HNcfpa
overH5921
HRHSp3fp
whichH834
HTr
noH3808
HTn
man has liftedH5130
HVhp3ms
anyiron.H1270
HNcmsa
And they offeredH5927
HCHVhw3mp
on itH5921
HRHSp3ms
burnt offeringsH5930
HNcfpa
to the LORDH3068
HRHNp
and sacrificedH2076
HCHVqw3mp
peace offerings.H8002
HNcmpa

And he wroteH3789
HCHVqw3ms
thereH8033
HD
uponH5921
HR
the stonesH68
HTdHNcfpa
H853
HTo
H4932
HNcmsc
of the lawH8451
HNcfsc
of MosesH4872
HNp
whichH834
HTr
he wroteH3789
HVqp3ms
in the presenceH6440
HRHNcbpc
of the childrenH1121
HNcmpc
of Israel.H3478
HNp

And allH3605
HCHNcmsc
Israel,H3478
HNp
and their eldersH2205
HCHAampcHSp3ms
and officers,H7860
HCHVqrmpa
and their judges,H8199
HCHVqrmpcHSp3ms
stoodH5975
HVqrmpa
on thisH2088
HRHPdxms
side of the ark,H727
HRdHNcbsa
and on thatH2088
HCHRHPdxms
side beforeH5048
HR
the priests,H3548
HTdHNcmpa
the Levites,H3881
HTdHNgmpa
who boreH5375
HVqrmpc
the arkH727
HNcbsc
of the covenantH1285
HNcfsc
of the LORD,H3068
HNp
the strangerH1616
HRdHNcmsa
asH834
HRHTr
well as the homebornH249
HRdHNcmsa
among them, half of themH2677
HNcmscHSp3ms
overH413
HR
againstH4136
HR
MountH2022
HNcmsc
GerizimH1630
HNp
and half of themH2677
HCHTdHNcmscHSp3ms
overH413
HR
againstH4136
HR
MountH2022
HNcmsc
Ebal,H5858
HNp
as MosesH4872
HNp
the servantH5650
HNcmsc
of the LORDH3068
HNp
had commandedH6680
HVpp3ms
beforeH7223
HRdHAafsa
that they should blessH1288
HRHVpc
H853
HTo
all the peopleH5971
HTdHNcmsa
of Israel.H3478
HNp

And afterwardH310
HCHR
H3651
HD
he readH7121
HVqp3ms
H853
HTo
allH3605
HNcmsc
the wordsH1697
HNcmpc
of the law,H8451
HTdHNcfsa
the blessingsH1293
HTdHNcfsa
and cursings,H7045
HCHTdHNcfsa
according to allH3605
HRHNcmsc
that is writtenH3789
HTdHVqsmsa
in the bookH5612
HRHNcmsc
of the law.H8451
HTdHNcfsa

There wasH1961
HVqp3ms
notH3808
HTn
a wordH1697
HNcmsa
of allH3605
HRHNcmsa
thatH834
HTr
MosesH4872
HNp
commandedH6680
HVpp3ms
whichH834
HTr
JoshuaH3091
HNp
did notH3808
HTn
readH7121
HVqp3ms
beforeH5048
HR
allH3605
HNcmsc
the congregationH6951
HNcmsc
of Israel,H3478
HNp
with the womenH802
HCHTdHNcfpa
and the little ones,H2945
HCHTdHNcmsa
and the strangersH1616
HCHTdHNcmsa
that walkedH1980
HTdHVqrmsa
among them.H7130
HRHNcmscHSp3mp

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