New International Version
Pardon your servant, Lord. What can I say, now that Israel has been routed by its enemies?
King James Bible
O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!
Darby Bible Translation
Ah Lord! what shall I say after Israel have turned their backs before their enemies?
World English Bible
Oh, Lord, what shall I say, after that Israel has turned their backs before their enemies!
Young's Literal Translation
Oh, Lord, what do I say, after that Israel hath turned the neck before its enemies?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Alas, O Lord God - Particles of exclamations and distress, or what are called interjections, are nearly the same in all languages: and the reason is because they are the simple voice of nature. The Hebrew word which we translate alas is אהה ahah. The complaint of Joshua in this and the following verses seems principally to have arisen from his deep concern for the glory of God, and the affecting interest he took in behalf of the people: he felt for the thousands of Israel, whom he considered as abandoned to destruction: and he felt for the glory of God, for he knew should Israel be destroyed God's name would be blasphemed among the heathen; and his expostulations with his Maker, which have been too hastily blamed by some, as savouring of too great freedom and impatience are founded on God's own words, Deuteronomy 32:26, Deuteronomy 32:27, and on the practice of Moses himself, who had used similar expressions on a similar occasion; see Exodus 5:22, Exodus 5:23; Numbers 14:13-18.
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'But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against the children of Israel. 2. And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth-aven, on the east side of Beth-ei, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. 3. And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let …
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And Joshua said, "Alas, Sovereign LORD, why did you ever bring this people across the Jordan to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side of the Jordan!
The Canaanites and the other people of the country will hear about this and they will surround us and wipe out our name from the earth. What then will you do for your own great name?"
1 Samuel 4:3
When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, "Why did the LORD bring defeat on us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the LORD's covenant from Shiloh, so that he may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies."
You made us retreat before the enemy, and our adversaries have plundered us.
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