Joshua 8:1

Overview - Joshua 8
God encourages Joshua.
The stratagem whereby Ai was taken.
29 The king thereof is hanged.
30 Joshua builds an altar;
32 writes the law on stones;
33 and pronounces the blessings and curses.
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Joshua 8:1  (King James Version)
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:

Fear not
1:9 Joshua 7:6 Joshua 7:7 Joshua 7:9 Deuteronomy 1:21 ; 7:18 31:8 Psalms 27:1 ; 46:11 Isaiah 12:2 ; 41:10-16
Isaiah 43:2 ; Jeremiah 46:27 ; Matthew 8:26

take all
It would seem, from this verse, that all that were capable of bearing arms were to march out of the camp on this occasion: Joshua 8:30 Joshua 8:000 ; formed an ambuscade in one place; and Joshua 8:5 Joshua 8:000 ; were placed
in another, who all gained their positions in the night. With the rest of the army, Joshua appeared the next morning before Ai, which the men of that city would naturally suppose was the whole of the Israelitish force and, consequently, be the more emboldened to come out and attack them. Some, however, think that Joshua 8:30 Joshua 8:000 ; men were the whole that were employed on this occasion, Joshua 8:5 Joshua 8:000 ; of whom were placed in ambush on the west of the city, between Bethel and Ai (ver. 12,) and, with the rest, Joshua appeared before the city in the morning. The king, seeing but about Joshua 8:25 Joshua 8:000 ; coming against him, though he had but Joshua 8:12 Joshua 8:000 ; persons in the whole city (ver. 25), determined to risk
a battle, issued out, and was defeated by stratagem.* see, I have.
6:2 Ps 44:3 Da 2:21,37,38 4:25,35