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Joshua 8:23 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— But they took alive the king of Ai and brought him to Joshua.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, the king of Ai, they caught alive,—and brought him near unto Joshua.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and the king of Ai they caught alive, and bring him near unto Joshua.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And they took the king of the city of Hai alive and brought him to Josue.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And the King of Ai they tooke aliue, and brought him to Ioshua.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And they took the king of Ai{gr.Gai} alive, and brought him to Joshua{gr.Jesus}.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And the king of Ay they took alive, and brought him to Yehoshua.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And the king 4428
{4428} Prime
From H4427; a king.
of `Ay עַי 5857
{5857} Prime
For H5856; Ai, Aja or Ajath, a place in Palestine.
they took 8610
{8610} Prime
A primitive root; to manipulate, that is, seize; chiefly to capture, wield; specifically to overlay; figuratively to use unwarrantably.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
alive, 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
and brought 7126
{7126} Prime
A primitive root; to approach (causatively bring near) for whatever purpose.
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
him to x413
(0413) Complement
(Used only in the shortened constructive form (the second form)); a primitive particle, properly denoting motion towards, but occasionally used of a quiescent position, that is, near, with or among; often in general, to.
Yhu` יְהוֹשֻׁעַ. 3091
{3091} Prime
From H3068 and H3467; Jehovah-saved; Jehoshua (that is, Joshua), the Jewish leader.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Joshua 8:18-25.

Joshua 8:23

_ _ the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua — to be reserved for a more ignominious death, as a greater criminal in God’s sight than his subjects. In the mingled attack from before and behind, all the men were massacred.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Joshua 8:23-29

_ _ We have here an account of the improvement which the Israelites made of their victory over Ai. 1. They put all to the sword, not only in the field, but in the city, man, woman, and child, none of them remained, Joshua 8:24. God, the righteous Judge, had passed this sentence upon them for their wickedness, so that the Israelites were only the ministers of his justice and the executioners of his doom. Once in this story, and but once, mention is made of the men of Beth-el, as confederates with the men of Ai, Joshua 8:17. Though they had a king of their own, and were not subjects to the king of Ai (for the king of Beth-el is reckoned among the thirty-one kings that Joshua destroyed, Joshua 12:16), yet Ai being a stronger place they threw themselves into that, for their own safety, and the strengthening of their neighbours' hands, and so (we may presume) were all cut off with them; thus that by which they hoped to prevent their own ruin hastened it. The whole number of the slain, it seems, was but 12,000, and inconsiderable body to make head against all the thousands of Israel; but those whom God will destroy he infatuates. Here it is said (Joshua 8:26) that Joshua drew not his hand back wherewith he stretched out the spear (Joshua 8:18) till the slaughter was completed. Some think the spear he stretched out was not to slay the enemies, but to animate and encourage his own soldiers, some flag or ensign being hung out at the end of this spear; and they observe it as an instance of his self-denial that though the fire of courage wherewith his breast was filled would have pushed him forward, sword in hand, into the hottest of the action, yet, in obedience to God, he kept the inferior post of a standard-bearer, and did not quit it till the work was done. By the spear stretched out, he directed the people to expect their help from God, and to him to give the praise. 2. They plundered the city and took all the spoil to themselves, Joshua 8:27. Thus the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just; the spoil they brought out of Egypt, by borrowing of their neighbours, was much of it expended upon the tabernacle they had reared in the wilderness, for which they are now reimbursed with interest. The spoil here taken, it is probable, was all brought together, and distributed by Joshua in due proportions, as that of the Midianites was, Numbers 31:26, etc. It was not seized with irregularity or violence, for God is the God or order and equity, and not of confusion. 3. They laid the city in ashes, and left it to remain so, Joshua 8:28. Israel must yet dwell in tents, and therefore this city, as well as Jericho, must be burnt. And, though there was no curse entailed upon him that should rebuild it, yet, it seems, it was not rebuilt unless it be the same with Aijah, which we read of, long after, Nehemiah 11:31. Some think it was not rebuilt because Israel had received a defeat before it, the remembrance of which should be buried in the ruins of the city. 4. The king of Ai was taken prisoner and cut off, not by the sword of war as a soldier, but by the sword of justice as a malefactor. Joshua ordered him to be hanged, and his dead body thrown at the gate of his own city, under a heap of stone, Joshua 8:23, Joshua 8:29. Some particular reason, no doubt, there was for this severity against the king of Ai; it is likely he had been notoriously wicked and vile, and a blasphemer of the God of Israel, perhaps upon occasion of the repulse he had given to the forces of Israel in their first onset. Some observe that his dead body was thrown at the gate where he had been wont to sit in judgment that so much the greater contempt might thereby be poured upon the dignity he had been proud of, and he might be punished for the unrighteous decrees he had made in the very place where he had made them. Thus the Lord is known by the judgments which he executes.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Joshua 8:23

Took alive — Reserving him to a more ignominious punishment.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Joshua 8:29 And the king of Ai he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, [that remaineth] unto this day.
Joshua 10:17 And it was told Joshua, saying, The five kings are found hid in a cave at Makkedah.
1 Samuel 15:8 And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.
Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
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Jsh 8:29; 10:17. 1S 15:8. Rv 19:20.

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