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Joshua 11:4

    Joshua 11:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is on the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea-shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And they went out, they and all their armies with them, a great people, in number like the sand on the seaside, with horses and war-carriages in great number.

    Webster's Revision

    And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea-shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.

    World English Bible

    They went out, they and all their armies with them, many people, even as the sand that is on the seashore in multitude, with very many horses and chariots.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many.

    Definitions for Joshua 11:4

    Sea - Large basin.

    Clarke's Commentary on Joshua 11:4

    Much people, even as the sand - This form of speech, by some called a hyperbole, conveys simply the idea of a vast or unusual number - a number of which no regular estimate could be easily formed. Josephus, who seldom finds difficulties in such cases, and makes no scruple of often speaking without book, tells us that the allied armies amounted to 300,000 foot 10,000 horse, and 20,000 chariots of war. Antiq. lib. v., c. 1. That chariots were frequently used in war, all the records of antiquity prove; but it is generally supposed that among the Canaanites they were armed with iron scythes fastened to their poles and to the naves of their wheels. Terrible things are spoken of these, and the havoc made by them when furiously driven among the ranks of infantry. Of what sort the cavalry was, we know not; but from the account here given we may see what great advantages these allies possessed over the Israelites, whose armies consisted of infantry only.