Joshua 8:1

The Conquest of Ai

1 Now the LORD said to Joshua, "1Do not fear or be dismayed. Take all the people of war with you and arise, go up to Ai; see, 2I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land.

Joshua 8:1 Meaning and Commentary

Joshua 8:1

And the Lord said unto Joshua
Immediately after the execution of Achan, the fierceness of his anger being turned away:

fear not, neither be thou dismayed;
on account of the defeat of his troops he had sent to take Ai:

take all the people of war with thee;
all above twenty years of age, which, with the forty thousand of the tribes on the other side Jordan he brought over with him, must make an arm, five hundred thousand men; these Joshua was to take with so much to animate and encourage him, or to terrify the enemy, nor because such a number was necessary for the reduction of Ai, which was but a small city; but that all might have a part in the spoil and plunder of it, which they were denied at Jericho, and chiefly to draw all the men out of the city, seeing such a numerous host approaching:

and arise, go up to Ai;
which lay high, and Joshua being now in the plains of Jericho, (See Gill on Joshua 7:2);

see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and
his city, and his land;
this city, though a small one, had a king over it, as most cities in the land of Canaan had; the number of his people in it were twelve thousand, and his land were the fields about it; all which were given to Joshua by the Lord, and were as sure as if he had them already in his hand.

Joshua 8:1 In-Context

1 Now the LORD said to Joshua, "Do not fear or 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, his people, his city, and his land.
2 "You shall do to Ai and its king just as you did to Jericho and its king; you shall take only its spoil and its cattle as plunder for yourselves. Set an ambush for the city behind it."
3 So Joshua rose with all the people of war to go up to Ai; and Joshua chose 30,000 men, valiant warriors, and sent them out at night.
4 He commanded them, saying, "See, you are going to ambush the city from behind it. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready.
5 "Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out to meet us as at the first, we will flee before them.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Joshua 1:9; Joshua 10:8
  • 2. Joshua 6:2