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Joshua 8:17

    Joshua 8:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And there was not a man left in Ai or Bethel, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And there was not a man left in Ai or Beth-el, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    There was not a man in Ai and Beth-el who did not go out after Israel; and the town was open and unwatched while they went after Israel.

    Webster's Revision

    And there was not a man left in Ai or Beth-el, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.

    World English Bible

    There was not a man left in Ai or Beth El who didn't go out after Israel. They left the city open, and pursued Israel.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And there was not a man left in Ai or Beth-el, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.

    Clarke's Commentary on Joshua 8:17

    There was not a man left in Ai or Beth-el - It is very likely that the principal strength of Beth-el had been previously brought into Ai, as the strongest place to make a stand in; Beth-el being but about three miles distant from Ai, and probably not greatly fortified. Therefore Ai contained on this occasion all the men of Beth-el - all the warriors of that city, as well as its own troops and inhabitants. Others think that the Beth-elites, seeing the Israelites fly, sallied out of their city as against a common enemy; but that, finding the men of Ai discomfited, and the city taken, they returned to Beth-el, which Joshua did not think proper to attack at this time. From Judges 1:24 we find that Beth-el was then a walled city, in the hands of the Canaanites, and was taken by the house of Joseph.

    Barnes' Notes on Joshua 8:17

    Or Bethel - See the Joshua 8:1 note.

    Wesley's Notes on Joshua 8:17

    8:17 Not a man - Namely, fit for war. Bethel - Which, being a neighbouring city, and encouraged by the former success, had sent some forces to assist them; and now, upon notice sent to them of the flight of their common enemies, or upon some other signal given, all their men of war join with those of Ai in the pursuit.