8:19 When he held out his hand, the men waiting in ambush rose up quickly from their place and attacked. 1 They entered the city, captured it, and immediately set it on fire. 8:20 When the men of Ai turned around, they saw 2 the smoke from the city ascending into the sky and were so shocked they were unable to flee in any direction. 3 In the meantime the men who were retreating to the desert turned against their pursuers.
1 tn Heb “and ran.”
2 tn Heb “and they saw, and look.” The Hebrew term הִנֵּה (hinneh, “look”) draws attention to the scene and invites the audience to view the events from the perspective of the men of Ai.
3 tn Heb “and there was not in them hands to flee here or there.” The Hebrew term יָדַיִם (yadayim, “hands”) is idiomatic for “strength.”