1 Dixit autem Dominus ad Iosue: "Ne timeas neque formides; tol le tecum omnem multitudinem pugnatorum et consurgens ascende in oppidum Hai: ecce tradidi in manu tua regem eius et populum urbemque et terram eius.
2 Faciesque urbi Hai et regi eius, sicut fecisti Iericho et regi illius; praedam vero et omnia animantia diripietis vobis. Pone insidias urbi post eam"
3 Surrexitque Iosue et omnis exercitus bellatorum cum eo, ut ascenderent in Hai; et electa triginta milia virorum fortium misit nocte
4 praecepitque eis dicens: "Collocamini in insidiis post civitatem nec longius recedatis ab illa; et eritis omnes parati.
5 Ego autem et reliqua multitudo, quae mecum est, accedemus ex adverso contra urbem; cumque exierint contra nos sicut ante, fugiemus et terga vertemus,
6 donec persequentes ab urbe longius protrahantur: putabunt enim nos fugere sicut prius.
7 Nobis ergo fugientibus et illis sequentibus, consurgetis de insidiis et capietis civitatem; tradetque eam Dominus Deus vester in manus vestras.
8 Cumque ceperitis, succendite eam; secundum verbum Domini facietis. Ecce mandavi vobis"
9 Dimisitque eos, et perrexerunt ad insidiarum locum sederuntque inter Bethel et Hai ad occidentalem plagam urbis Hai. Iosue autem nocte illa in medio mansit populi.
10 Surgensque diluculo recensuit populum et ascendit cum senioribus in fronte exercitus.
11 Cumque omnes pugnatores cum eo ascendissent et appropinquassent civitati, steterunt ad septentrionalem urbis plagam, inter quam et eos vallis media erat.
12 Et elegit fere quinque milia viros et posuit in insidiis inter Bethel et Hai ex occidentali parte eiusdem civitatis.
13 Et posuit populus tota castra, quae erant in aquilone urbis, et agmen extremum ad occidentalem plagam urbis. Abiit ergo Iosue nocte illa et stetit in vallis medio.
14 Quod cum vidisset rex Hai, festinavit mane et egressus est cum omni exercitu civitatis direxitque aciem contra Arabam ignorans quod post tergum laterent insidiae.
15 Iosue vero et omnis Israel cesserunt loco simulantes metum et fugientes per solitudinis viam.
16 Et convocatus est totus populus, qui erat in civitate, ad persequendum eos, et persecuti sunt eos. Cumque recessissent a civitate,
17 et ne unus quidem in urbe Hai remansisset, qui non persequeretur Israel, et apertam urbem reliquissent,
18 dixit Dominus ad Iosue: "Leva acinacem, quod in manu tua est, contra urbem Hai, quoniam tibi tradam eam"
19 Cumque elevasset acinacem ex adverso civitatis, insidiae, quae latebant, surrexerunt confestim et currentes ad civitatem ceperunt et cito succenderunt eam.
20 Viri autem civitatis, qui persequebantur Iosue, respicientes et videntes fumum urbis ad caelum usque conscendere, non potuerunt ultra huc illucque diffugere, praesertim cum hi, qui simulaverant fugam et tendebant ad solitudinem, contra persequentes conversi essent.
21 Vidensque Iosue et omnis Israel quod capta esset civitas, et fumus urbis ascenderet, reversi percusserunt viros Hai.
22 Siquidem et illi, qui ceperant et succenderant civitatem, egressi sunt ex urbe in occursum eorum et hostes medios habuerunt. Cum ergo ex utraque parte adversarii caederentur, ita ut nullus de tanta multitudine salvaretur,
23 regem quoque urbis Hai apprehenderunt viventem et obtulerunt Iosue.
24 Igitur, omnibus habitatoribus Hai interfectis, qui Israelem ad deserta tendentem fuerant persecuti, et in eodem loco gladio corruentibus, reversi filii Israel percusserunt civitatem ore gladii.
25 Erant autem, qui in eo die conciderant, a viro usque ad mulierem duodecim milia hominum omnes urbis Hai.
26 Iosue vero non contraxit manum, quam in sublime porrexerat tenens acinacem, donec interficerentur omnes habitatores Hai.
27 Iumenta tantum et praedam civitatis diviserunt sibi filii Israel, sicut praeceperat Dominus Iosue.
28 Qui succendit urbem et fecit eam tumulum sempiternum, desolationem usque in praesentem diem.
29 Regem quoque eius suspendit in ligno usque ad vesperum; et ad solis occasum praecepit Iosue, et deposuerunt cadaver eius de ligno proieceruntque in ipso introitu portae civitatis, congesto super eum magno acervo lapidum, qui permanet usque in praesentem diem.
30 Tunc aedificavit Iosue altare Domino, Deo Israel, in monte Hebal,
31 sicut praeceperat Moyses famulus Domini filiis Israel, et scriptum est in volumine legis Moysi, altare de lapidibus impolitis, quos ferrum non tetigit. Et obtulerunt super eo holocausta Domino immolaveruntque pacificas victimas.
32 Et scripsit ibi super lapides exemplar legis Moysi, quod ille scripserat coram filiis Israel.
33 Omnis autem populus et maiores natu praefectique ac iudices stabant ex utraque parte arcae in conspectu sacerdotum levitici generis, qui portabant arcam foederis Domini, ut advena ita et indigena. Media eorum pars iuxta montem Garizim et media iuxta montem Hebal, sicut praeceperat Moyses famulus Domini ad benedicendum populo Israel primum;
34 post haec legit omnia verba legis, benedictionem et maledictionem, secundum cuncta, quae scripta erant in legis volumine.
35 Nihil ex his, quae Moyses iusserat, omisit legere, sed universa replicavit coram omni congregatione Israel, mulieribus ac parvulis et advenis, qui inter eos morabantur.
King James Version
1 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, and his people, and his city, and his land:
2 And thou shalt do to Ai and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.
3 ¶ So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.
4 And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready:
5 And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them,
6 (For they will come out after us) till we have drawn them from the city; for they will say, They flee before us, as at the first: therefore we will flee before them.
7 Then ye shall rise up from the ambush, and seize upon the city: for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand.
8 And it shall be, when ye have taken the city, that ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the LORD shall ye do. See, I have commanded you.
9 ¶ Joshua therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in ambush, and abode between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of Ai: but Joshua lodged that night among the people.
10 And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai.
11 And all the people, even the people of war that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai: now there was a valley between them and Ai.
12 And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of the city.
13 And when they had set the people, even all the host that was on the north of the city, and their liers in wait on the west of the city, Joshua went that night into the midst of the valley.
14 ¶ And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.
15 And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.
16 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.
17 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.
18 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city.
19 And the ambush arose quickly out of their place, and they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand: and they entered into the city, and took it, and hasted and set the city on fire.
20 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.
21 And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of Ai.
22 And the other issued out of the city against them; so they were in the midst of Israel, some on this side, and some on that side: and they smote them, so that they let none of them remain or escape.
23 And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
24 And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, and smote it with the edge of the sword.
25 And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai.
26 For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.
27 Only the cattle and the spoil of that city Israel took for a prey unto themselves, according unto the word of the LORD which he commanded Joshua.
28 And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.
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.
30 ¶ Then Joshua built an altar unto the LORD God of Israel in mount Ebal,
31 As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings.
32 ¶ And he wrote there upon the stones a copy of the law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the children of Israel.
33 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges, stood on this side the ark and on that side before the priests the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, as well the stranger, as he that was born among them; half of them over against mount Gerizim, and half of them over against mount Ebal; as Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded before, that they should bless the people of Israel.
34 And afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the law.
35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.