JOSHUA 7:4

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.”

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Joshua 7:4 Translation & Meaning

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So there went up וַיַּֽעֲל֤וּ To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative up
thither שָׁ֔מָּה There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence thither
of מִן Properly, a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses of
the people הָעָם֙ A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
about three כִּשְׁלֹ֥שֶׁת Three; occasionally (ordinal) third, or (multiple) thrice about three
thousand אֲלָפִ֖ים Hence (the ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand thousand
men: אִ֑ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men
and they fled וַיָּנֻ֕סוּ To flit, i.e., vanish away (subside, escape; causatively, chase, impel, deliver) fled
before לִפְנֵ֖י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) before
the men אַנְשֵׁ֥י A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men
of Ai. הָעָֽי׃ Ai, Aja or Ajath, a place in Palestine Ai

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  • 2  And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Beth-aven, on the east side of Beth-el, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.

  • 3  And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.

  • 4  So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.

  • 5  And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

  • 6  And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the Lord until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.




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