Joshua 8:28
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New International Version
So Joshua burned Ai and made it a permanent heap of ruins, a desolate place to this day.

New Living Translation
So Joshua burned the town of Ai, and it became a permanent mound of ruins, desolate to this very day.

English Standard Version
So Joshua burned Ai and made it forever a heap of ruins, as it is to this day.

Berean Study Bible
So Joshua burned Ai and made it a permanent heap of ruins, a desolation to this day.

New American Standard Bible
So Joshua burned Ai and made it a heap forever, a desolation until this day.

King James Bible
And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.

Christian Standard Bible
Joshua burned Ai and left it a permanent ruin, still desolate today.

Good News Translation
Joshua burned Ai and left it in ruins. It is still like that today.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joshua burned Ai and left it a permanent ruin, desolate to this day.

International Standard Version
Joshua burned Ai, turning it into a permanent mound of ruins, and it remains so to this day.

NET Bible
Joshua burned Ai and made it a permanently uninhabited mound (it remains that way to this very day).

New Heart English Bible
So Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap forever, even a desolation, to this day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Joshua burned Ai and made it a deserted mound of ruins. It is still in ruins today.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap for ever, even a desolation, unto this day.

New American Standard 1977
So Joshua burned Ai and made it a heap forever, a desolation until this day.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a perpetual heap, desolate unto this day.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joshua burned Ai, and made it a heap forever, even a desolation unto this day.

American King James Version
And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation to this day.

American Standard Version
So Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap for ever, even a desolation, unto this day.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he burned the city, and made it a heap for ever:

Darby Bible Translation
And Joshua burned Ai, and made it an everlasting heap of desolation to this day.

English Revised Version
So Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation, unto this day.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap for ever, even a desolation to this day.

World English Bible
So Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap forever, even a desolation, to this day.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joshua burneth Ai, and maketh it a heap age-during -- a desolation unto this day;
Study Bible
The Conquest of Ai
27Israel took for themselves only the cattle and plunder of that city, as the LORD had commanded Joshua. 28So Joshua burned Ai and made it a permanent heap of ruins, a desolation to this day. 29He hung the body of the king of Ai on a tree until evening, and at sunset Joshua commanded that they take down the body from the tree and throw it down at the entrance of the city gate. And over it they raised a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:16
And you are to gather all its plunder in the middle of the public square, and completely burn the city and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. The city must remain a mound of ruins forever, never to be rebuilt.

Joshua 8:29
He hung the body of the king of Ai on a tree until evening, and at sunset Joshua commanded that they take down the body from the tree and throw it down at the entrance of the city gate. And over it they raised a large pile of rocks, which remains to this day.

Treasury of Scripture

And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation to this day.

an heap

Deuteronomy 13:16 And you shall gather all the spoil of it into the middle of the street …

2 Kings 19:25 Have you not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times …

Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being …

Isaiah 25:2 For you have made of a city an heap; of a defended city a ruin: a …

Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will …

Jeremiah 49:2 Therefore, behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will cause …

Jeremiah 50:26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast …

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem …

unto this day

Joshua 4:9 And Joshua set up twelve stones in the middle of Jordan…

(28) An heap for ever.--Heb., Tel-olam; modern name, Et-tel.

Verse 28. - And Joshua burnt Ai. He continued the work of destruction which the ambush had begun, until the city was entirely destroyed. The word in ver. 19 (שׂרפ) has rather the sense of kindling a fire; the word here (יצת), more the sense of destruction by fire. A heap forever. טֵל־עולָם a heap of eternity; i.e., a heap forever, at least up to the time of our writer. But the Ai mentioned in Ezra 2:28 may have been a city built, not on precisely the same spot, but near enough to it to take its name. And if Ai signifies ruins, and Dean Stanley be right in regarding it as referring to ruins in the days of the Philistines, the name would be particularly suitable to this particular city. Travellers have identified the place with Tel-el. Hajar, immediately to the south of the Wady Mutyah. But see note on ch. 7:2 for Robinson's conclusion, which is confirmed by Canon Tristram, from the belief that Tel-el-Hajar does not answer to the description of Ai in the Scripture narrative. Hanged on a tree. Literally, "on the tree." Perhaps after his death, But see Genesis 40:22; Deuteronomy 21:22. Until eventide. We find here a remarkable coincidence with the precept in Deuteronomy 21:23. The fact that no notice is here taken of that passage is conclusive against its having been inserted with a view to that precept in later times, and this affords a strong presumption against the Elohist and Jehovist theory. Heap. Here גַּל, an expression usually applied to a heap of stones, a cairn, though not always in precisely this sense (see Jeremiah 9:10).

CHAPTER 8:30-35. THE COPY OF THE LAW. - And Joshua burnt Ai,.... The whole city, fire being only set before to a few houses, to make a smoke as a signal; he did with it as he had done with Jericho, for so he was ordered, Joshua 8:2,

and made it an heap for ever; that is, for a long time, for it appears to have been rebuilt, and to have been inhabited by the Jews, after their return from their Babylonish captivity, Nehemiah 11:31,

even a desolation unto this day; to the time of the writing of this book; and by what has been just observed, it appears that Ezra could not be the writer of it, since this city was inhabited in his time. 28. Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever—"For ever" often signifies "a long time" (Ge 6:3). One of the remarkable things with regard to the tell we have identified with Ai is its name—the tell of the heap of stones—a name which to this day remains [Van De Velde].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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