Joshua 8:28
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English Standard Version
So Joshua burned Ai and made it forever a heap of ruins, as it is to this day.

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The men of Ai then turned round behind them, being evidently led to do so by the Israelites, who may have continued looking round to the town of Ai when the signal had been given by Joshua, to see whether the men in ambush had taken it and set it on fire, and as soon as they saw that this had been done began to offer still further resistance to their pursuers, and to defend themselves vigorously against them. On looking back to their town the Aites saw the smoke of the town ascending towards heaven: "and there were not hands in them to flee hither and thither," i.e., they were utterly unable to flee. "Hand," as the organs of enterprise and labour, in the sense of "strength," not "room," for which we should expect to find להם instead of בּהם. There is an analogous passage in Psalm 76:6, "None of the men of might have found their hands." For the people that fled to the wilderness (the Israelitish army) turned against the pursuers (the warriors of Ai), or, as is added by way of explanation in Joshua 8:21, when Joshua and all Israel saw the town in the hands of the ambuscade, and the smoke ascending, they turned round and smote the people of Ai; and (Joshua 8:22) these (i.e., the Israelites who had formed the ambuscade) came out of the town to meet them. "These" (Eng. the other), as contrasted with "the people that fled" in Joshua 8:20, refers back to "the ambush" in Joshua 8:19. In this way the Aites were in the midst of the people of Israel, who came from this side and that side, and smote them to the last man. "So that they let none of them remain:" as in Numbers 21:35 and Deuteronomy 3:3, except that in this case it is strengthened still further by וּפליט, "or escape."

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an heap

Deuteronomy 13:16 And you shall gather all the spoil of it into the middle of the street thereof, and shall burn with fire the city...

2 Kings 19:25 Have you not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass...

Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Isaiah 25:2 For you have made of a city an heap; of a defended city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.

Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

Jeremiah 49:2 Therefore, behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will cause an alarm of war to be heard in Rabbah of the Ammonites...

Jeremiah 50:26 Come against her from the utmost border, open her storehouses: cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly...

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

unto this day

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

Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:16
You shall gather all its spoil into the midst of its open square and burn the city and all its spoil with fire, as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God. It shall be a heap forever. It shall not be built again.

Joshua 8:29
And he hanged the king of Ai on a tree until evening. And at sunset Joshua commanded, and they took his body down from the tree and threw it at the entrance of the gate of the city and raised over it a great heap of stones, which stands there to this day.

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