Joshua 8:18

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 8:18  (King James Version)
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 8:7 Joshua 8:26 ; Exodus 8:5 ; 17:11 Job 15:25

the spear
The word {keedon} is rendered {clypeum,} a shield or buckler, by the Vulgate but the LXX. translate it [gaison,] which Suidas says, signifies a kind of weapon, [hoion doratos,] like a spear. It may denote a short spear, javelin, or lance; for it is evident that it signifies neither the larger spear nor the shield, because it is distinguished from both.
1 Samuel 17:6 1 Samuel 17:41 1 Samuel 17:45 ; Job 39:23
Joshua may have had a flag or ensign at the end of the spear, which might be seen at a considerable distance when extended, which was the sign agreed upon by him and the ambush.