Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- Joshua ~~- chapter 8 of 24 (35 verses.)

Joshua 8:24Wrench

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[Ai's warriors] lurk in the field.
[Seeing their king taken, they flee] into the wilderness.
[JAHshua] stops the [Israelites] from slaying Ai's men.
[JAHshua] casts all [the men of Ai] out [of the fields and forests] by the mouth-sword [of YAH's word].
Then all the Israelites return to Ai {Ruin-Heap}.
There the [Israelites] cast out [Ai's stragglers by singing, slinging] the [mystical] mouth-sword [of scripture-song].

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Note: Difficult, pivotal verse.
If translated wrong, this event appears to be a brutal genocide, though perhaps of demon-spawned nephilim [giants].
If translated properly, this is revealed to be a banishment using supernatural power.
The words normally translated โ€˜edge of the swordโ€™ connote โ€˜mouth-swordโ€™, as in the sword of the spirit, (YAH's Word) that comes out of the Messiah's mouth.



Other English Bible translations of Joshua 8:24:

Complete Jewish Bible (Sacred Name Version)CJB-SNWhen Israโ€™el had finished slaughtering all the inhabitants of โ€˜Ai in the countryside, in the desert where they had pursued them, and they had all fallen, consumed by the sword, then all Israโ€™el returned to โ€˜Ai and defeated it with the sword.
New International Version (Sacred Name)NIV-SRWhen Israel had finished killing all the men of Ai in the fields and in the desert where they had chased them, and when every one of them had been put to the sword, all the Israelites returned to Ai and killed those who were in it.
New International Readers Version (Sacred Name)NIRV-SNIsrael finished killing all of the men of Ai. They destroyed them in the fields and in the desert where they had chased them. They struck every one of them down with their swords. Then all of the men of Israel returned to Ai. And they killed those who were left in it.
New Living Translation (Sacred Name Version)NLT-SNWhen the Israelite army finished killing all the men outside the city, they went back and finished off everyone inside.
New Revised Standard (Sacred Name Edition)NRSV-SNWhen Israel had finished slaughtering all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and when all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai, and attacked it with the edge of the sword.
The Message (Sacred Name Version)MSG-SNWhen it was all over, Israel had killed everyone in Ai, whether in the fields or in the wilderness where they had chased them. When the killing was complete, the Israelites returned to Ai and completed the devastation.
Good News Translation (Sacred Name)GNT-SNThe Israelites killed every one of the enemy in the barren country where they had chased them. Then they went back to Ai and killed everyone there.
New American Standard (Sacred Name Bible)NASB-SNNow when Israel had finished killing all the inhabitants of Ai in the field in the wilderness where they pursued them, and all of them were fallen by the edge of the sword until they were destroyed, then all Israel returned to Ai and struck it with the edge of the sword.
King James Version (unedited)KJVAnd 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.
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