Exodus 32:17
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New International Version
When Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting, he said to Moses, "There is the sound of war in the camp."

New Living Translation
When Joshua heard the boisterous noise of the people shouting below them, he exclaimed to Moses, "It sounds like war in the camp!"

English Standard Version
When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a noise of war in the camp.”

New American Standard Bible
Now when Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a sound of war in the camp."

King James Bible
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a sound of war in the camp."

International Standard Version
When Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he told Moses, "The sound of war is coming from the camp."

NET Bible
When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "It is the sound of war in the camp!"

New Heart English Bible
When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is the noise of war in the camp."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Joshua heard the noise of the people shouting. He said to Moses, "It's the sound of war in the camp!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses: 'There is a noise of war in the camp.'

New American Standard 1977
Now when Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a sound of war in the camp.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joshua, hearing the noise of the people as they shouted, said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

King James 2000 Bible
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

American King James Version
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

American Standard Version
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Josue hearing the noise of the people shouting, said to Moses: The noise of battle is heard in the camp.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, and said to Moses, There is a shout of war in the camp.

English Revised Version
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

Webster's Bible Translation
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

World English Bible
When Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is the noise of war in the camp."

Young's Literal Translation
And Joshua heareth the voice of the people in their shouting, and saith unto Moses, 'A noise of battle in the camp!'
Study Bible
Moses Descends with the Tablets
16The tablets were God's work, and the writing was God's writing engraved on the tablets. 17Now when Joshua heard the sound of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, "There is a sound of war in the camp." 18But he said, "It is not the sound of the cry of triumph, Nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat; But the sound of singing I hear."…
Cross References
Exodus 32:6
So the next day they rose early and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.

Exodus 32:16
The tablets were God's work, and the writing was God's writing engraved on the tablets.

Exodus 32:18
But he said, "It is not the sound of the cry of triumph, Nor is it the sound of the cry of defeat; But the sound of singing I hear."
Treasury of Scripture

And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

Joshua had waited patiently during all the forty days, in the place where Moses had left him--below the summit of the mount, at a distance from the people, and out of the way of temptation. Joshua

Exodus 17:9 And Moses said to Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek…

Exodus 24:13 And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into …

they shouted

Exodus 32:18 And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, …

Ezra 3:11-13 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks to …

Psalm 47:1 O clap your hands, all you people; shout to God with the voice of triumph.

there is a noise

Joshua 6:5,10,16,20 And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with …

Judges 15:14 And when he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and …

1 Samuel 4:5,6 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, …

1 Samuel 17:20,52 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a …

Job 39:25 He said among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smells the battle afar …

Jeremiah 51:14 The LORD of hosts has sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill …

Amos 1:14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour …

Amos 2:2 But I will send a fire on Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of …

(17) When Joshua heard.--Joshua's presence with Moses in the mount has not been indicated since Exodus 24:13. But it would seem that when Moses was summoned up into the cloud (Exodus 24:16) his faithful "minister" remained where he was, waiting for his master. He may have found shelter in some "cleft of the rock;" and the manna may have fallen about him, and sufficed for his sustenance during the forty days and nights of his master's absence.

The noise of the people as they shouted.--"Shouting" was a feature of idolatrous rites (1Kings 18:28; Acts 19:34; Herod. ii. 60, &c.), and was in part a cause, in part a result, of the physical excitement which prevailed during such orgies. Joshua, unsuspicious of the real nature of the shouting, supposed, naturally enough, that the camp was attacked by an enemy, and that the noise was "a noise of war." But Moses, forewarned of the actual state of affairs (Exodus 32:7-8), had probably a shrewd suspicion of the real nature of the sounds. He contented himself, however, with negativing his minister's conjecture.

Verse 17. - When Joshua heard. This abrupt introduction of Joshua, who has not been mentioned for seven entire chapters, is curious. Probably he had considered himself bound, as Moses' minister (Exodus 24:13), to await his return, and had remained in the middle portion of the mount, where he may have fed upon manna, until Moses came down from the top. The noise of the people. It is noted by travellers, that in all the latter part of the descent from Sinai, the plain at its base is shut out from sight; and that sounds would be heard from it a long time before the plain itself would open on the view (Stanley, Sinai and Palestine, p. 44). Sounds, however, which come circuitously, are always indistinct; and it is not surprising that Joshua, knowing nothing of the proceedings in the camp, should have fancied he heard a sound of war. And when Joshua heard the noise of the people, as they shouted,.... Dancing about the calf: when Moses went up into the mount, Joshua went with him, and tarried in a lower part of the mount all the forty days until he returned, see Exodus 24:13 though not so low as the bottom of the mount where the people were, nor so near it as to know what they did there, for of their affairs he seems to be entirely ignorant; nor so high as where Moses was, or, however, not in the cloud where he conversed with God, for of what passed between them he had no knowledge, until declared by Moses:

he said unto Moses, there is a noise of war in the camp; such a noise as soldiers make in an onset for battle; he supposed that some enemy was come upon and had attacked the people, and that this noise was the noise of the enemy, or of the Israelites, or both, just beginning the battle; or on the finishing of it on the account of victory on one side or the other; and as he was the general of the army, it must give him a concern that he should be absent at such a time. 32:15-20 What a change it is, to come down from the mount of communion with God, to converse with a wicked world. In God we see nothing but what is pure and pleasing; in the world nothing but what is sinful and provoking. That it might appear an idol is nothing in the world, Moses ground the calf to dust. Mixing this powder with their drink, signified that the backslider in heart should be filled with his own ways.
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