Joshua 8:26
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New International Version
For Joshua did not draw back the hand that held out his javelin until he had destroyed all who lived in Ai.

New Living Translation
For Joshua kept holding out his spear until everyone who had lived in Ai was completely destroyed.

English Standard Version
But Joshua did not draw back his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had devoted all the inhabitants of Ai to destruction.

Berean Study Bible
Joshua did not draw back his hand that held his battle lance until all the inhabitants of Ai were completely destroyed.

New American Standard Bible
For Joshua did not withdraw his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

King James Bible
For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

Christian Standard Bible
Joshua did not draw back his hand that was holding the javelin until all the inhabitants of Ai were completely destroyed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joshua did not draw back his hand that was holding the sword until all the inhabitants of Ai were completely destroyed.

International Standard Version
Joshua did not cease his attack until he had completely destroyed every inhabitant of Ai.

NET Bible
Joshua kept holding out his curved sword until Israel had annihilated all who lived in Ai.

New Heart English Bible
For Joshua did not draw back his hand, with which he stretched out the javelin, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joshua did not lower his hand holding the spear until he had completely destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For Joshua drew not back his hand, wherewith he stretched out the javelin, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

New American Standard 1977
For Joshua did not withdraw his hand with which he stretched out the javelin until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For Joshua did not draw back his hand with which he stretched out the spear until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

King James 2000 Bible
For Joshua drew not his hand back, with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

American King James Version
For Joshua drew not his hand back, with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

American Standard Version
For Joshua drew not back his hand, wherewith he stretched out the javelin, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Josue drew not back his hand, which he had stretched out on high, holding the shield, till all the inhabitants of Hai were slain.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joshua did not draw back his hand, which he had stretched out with the javelin, until they had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

English Revised Version
For Joshua drew not back his hand wherewith he stretched out the javelin, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

Webster's Bible Translation
For Joshua drew not his hand back with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

World English Bible
For Joshua didn't draw back his hand, with which he stretched out the javelin, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joshua hath not brought back his hand which he stretched out with the javelin till that he hath devoted all the inhabitants of Ai;
Study Bible
The Conquest of Ai
25A total of twelve thousand men and women fell that day—all the people of Ai. 26Joshua did not draw back his hand that held his battle lance until all the inhabitants of Ai were completely destroyed. 27Israel took for themselves only the cattle and plunder of that city, as the LORD had commanded Joshua.…
Cross References
Exodus 17:11
As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel prevailed; but when he lowered them, Amalek prevailed.

Exodus 17:12
When Moses’ hands grew heavy, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Then Aaron and Hur held his hands up, one on each side, so that his hands remained steady until the sun went down.

Joshua 8:18
Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Hold out your battle lance toward Ai, for into your hand I will deliver the city.” So Joshua held out his battle lance toward Ai,

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For Joshua drew not his hand back, with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.

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Verse 26. - Utterly destroyed. Hebrew, הֶחֶרִים (see note on Joshua 6:17). For Joshua drew not his hand back wherewith he stretched out his spear,.... But continued it, and that stretched out:

until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai; just as the hand of Moses was held up, and kept held up until Amalek was discomfited by Joshua, Exodus 17:12. 26. Joshua drew not his hand back—Perhaps, from the long continuance of the posture, it might have been a means appointed by God, to animate the people, and kept up in the same devout spirit as Moses had shown, in lifting up his hands, until the work of slaughter had been completed—the ban executed. (See on [183]Ex 17:10).8:23-29 God, the righteous Judge, had sentenced the Canaanites for their wickedness; the Israelites only executed his doom. None of their conduct can be drawn into an example for others. Especial reason no doubt there was for this severity to the king of Ai; it is likely he had been notoriously wicked and vile, and a blasphemer of the God of Israel.



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