8:22 At the same time the men who had taken the city came out to fight, and the men of Ai were trapped in the middle. 1 The Israelites struck them down, leaving no survivors or refugees.
8:33 All the people, 2 rulers, 3 leaders, and judges were standing on either side of the ark, in front of the Levitical priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord. Both resident foreigners and native Israelites were there. 4 Half the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and the other half in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the Lord’s servant had previously instructed to them to do for the formal blessing ceremony. 5
1 tn Heb “and these went out from the city to meet them and they were for Israel in the middle, some on this side, and others on the other side.”
2 tn Heb “All Israel.”
3 tn Or “elders.”
4 tn Heb “like the resident alien, like the citizen.” The language is idiomatic, meaning that both groups were treated the same, at least in this instance.
5 tn Heb “as Moses, the Lord’s servant, commanded to bless the people, Israel, formerly.”
sn Moses’ earlier instructions are found in Deut 11:29.