So Joshua burned1 Ai2 and made it a permanent heap of ruins,3 a desolate place to this day.429
He hung the king of Ai on a tree and left him there until evening. At sunset,5 Joshua ordered them to take his body from the tree and throw it down at the entrance of the city gate. And they raised a large pile of rocks6 over it, which remains to this day.
Then Joshua built on Mount Ebal7 an altar8 to the LORD, the God of Israel,
as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded the Israelites. He built it according to what is written in the Book of the Law of Moses--an altar of uncut stones, on which no iron tool9 had been used. On it they offered to the LORD burnt offerings and sacrificed fellowship offerings.a1032
There, in the presence of the Israelites, Joshua copied on stones the law of Moses, which he had written.1133
All Israel, aliens and citizens12 alike, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the LORD, facing those who carried it--the priests, who were Levites.13 Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal,14 as Moses the servant of the LORD had formerly commanded when he gave instructions to bless the people of Israel.
Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law--the blessings and the curses--just as it is written in the Book of the Law.1535
There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the aliens who lived among them.16