Exodus 32:17
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.”

Berean Study Bible
When Joshua heard the sound of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “The sound of war is 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.

New 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.”

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.”

NASB 1995
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.”

NASB 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.”

Amplified Bible
Now when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said to Moses, “There is a sound of battle in the camp.”

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.”

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.”

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the tablets were the work of God and the writing was the writing of God; it was present on the tablets.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Joshua having heard the voice of the people crying, says to Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp.

Contemporary English Version
When Joshua heard the noisy shouts of the people, he said to Moses, "A battle must be going on down 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.

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.

Good News Translation
Joshua heard the people shouting and said to Moses, "I hear the sound of battle 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!"

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."

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.'

Literal Standard Version
And Joshua hears the voice of the people in their shouting and says to Moses, “A noise of battle in 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."

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!'

Additional Translations ...
Context
Moses Descends with the Tablets
16The tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved on the tablets. 17When Joshua heard the sound of the people shouting, he said to Moses, “The sound of war is in the camp.” 18But Moses replied: “It is neither the cry of victory nor the cry of defeat; I hear the sound of singing!”…

Cross References
Exodus 32:6
So the next day they arose, offered burnt offerings, and presented peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to indulge in revelry.

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

Exodus 32:18
But Moses replied: "It is neither the cry of victory nor the cry of defeat; I hear the sound of singing!"


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.

Exodus 17:9
And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

Exodus 24:13
And Moses rose up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God.

they shouted

Exodus 32:18
And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.

Ezra 3:11-13
And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the LORD; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid…

Psalm 47:1
To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto 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 the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him…

Judges 15:14
And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.

1 Samuel 4:5,6
And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again…









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
When Joshua
יְהוֹשֻׁ֛עַ (yə·hō·wō·šu·a‘)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3091: Joshua -- 'the LORD is salvation', Moses' successor, also the name of a number of Israelites

heard
וַיִּשְׁמַ֧ע (way·yiš·ma‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

the sound
ק֥וֹל (qō·wl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

of the people
הָעָ֖ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

shouting,
בְּרֵעֹ֑ה‪‬ (bə·rê·‘ōh)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7452: Perhaps shouting, roar

he said
וַיֹּ֙אמֶר֙ (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

Moses,
מֹשֶׁ֔ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

“The sound
ק֥וֹל (qō·wl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

of war
מִלְחָמָ֖ה (mil·ḥā·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4421: A battle, war

[is] in the camp.”
בַּֽמַּחֲנֶה׃‪‬ (bam·ma·ḥă·neh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 4264: An encampment, an army


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