New International Version
All the men of Ai were called to pursue them, and they pursued Joshua and were lured away from the city.
King James Bible
And all the people that were in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.
Darby Bible Translation
And all the people that were in the city were called together to pursue after them; and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.
World English Bible
All the people who were in the city were called together to pursue after them. They pursued Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.
Young's Literal Translation
and all the people who are in the city are called to pursue after them, and they pursue after Joshua, and are drawn away out of the city,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Numbered the people - ויפקד את העם vaiyiphkod eth haam, he visited the people - inspected their ranks to see whether every thing was in perfect readiness, that in case they should be needed they might be led on to the attack. There is no doubt that Joshua had left the rest of the army so disposed and ready, part of it having probably advanced towards Ai, that he might easily receive reinforcements in case of any disaster to the thirty thousand which had advanced against the city; and this consideration will serve to remove a part of the difficulty which arises from Joshua 8:1, Joshua 8:3, Joshua 8:10, collated with other parts of this chapter. Had he brought all his troops in sight, the people of Ai would not have attempted to risk a battle, and would consequently have kept within their walls, from which it was the object of Joshua to decoy them. See the preceding observations, particularly Joshua 8:10-12 (note).
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'And Joshua said unto the people. Ye cannot serve the Lord: for He is an holy God; He is a jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20. If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then He will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that He hath done you good. 21. And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve the Lord. 22. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves, that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve Him. And they said, …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Formation and History of the Hebrew Canon.
Not a man remained in Ai or Bethel who did not go after Israel. They left the city open and went in pursuit of Israel.
The Benjamites came out to meet them and were drawn away from the city. They began to inflict casualties on the Israelites as before, so that about thirty men fell in the open field and on the roads--the one leading to Bethel and the other to Gibeah.
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