Joshua 7:4

4 So about three thousand went up; but they were routed by the men of Ai,

Read Joshua 7:4 Using Other Translations

So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.
So about 3,000 men went up there from the people. And they fled before the men of Ai,
So approximately 3,000 warriors were sent, but they were soundly defeated. The men of Ai

What does Joshua 7:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joshua 7:4

So there went up thither of the people about three thousand
men
Joshua detached from the army the largest number proposed, that there might be strength enough to take the place; and those he sent under proper officers to Ai, who went up to the very gate of the city, as appears from ( Joshua 7:5 ) :

and they fled before the men of Ai;
for upon their appearing at the gate of their city, they came out with all their forces against them, and as soon as they did, the children of Israel durst not face them, but without engaging with them fled at once: God having forsaken them, their courage failed, the dread of their enemies falling on them.

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