The Israelites are unable to stand before their enemies; they retreat because they have become subject to annihilation. 1 I will no longer be with you, 2 unless you destroy what has contaminated you. 3
Do to Ai and its king what you did to Jericho 1 and its king, except you may plunder its goods and cattle. Set an ambush behind the city!”
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.
The sun stood still and the moon stood motionless while the nation took vengeance on its enemies. The event is recorded in the Scroll of the Upright One. 1 The sun stood motionless in the middle of the sky and did not set for about a full day. 2
for the Lord determined to make them obstinate so they would attack Israel. He wanted Israel to annihilate them without mercy, as he had instructed Moses. 1
The men of Judah said to their relatives, the men of Simeon, 1 “Invade our allotted land with us and help us attack the Canaanites. 2 Then we 3 will go with you into your allotted land.” So the men of Simeon went with them.
The Lord was furious with Israel 1 and handed them over to robbers who plundered them. 2 He turned them over to 3 their enemies who lived around them. They could not withstand their enemies’ attacks. 4
He did this so the violent deaths of Jerub-Baal’s seventy sons might be avenged and Abimelech, their half-brother 1 who murdered them, might have to pay for their spilled blood, along with the leaders of Shechem who helped him murder them. 2
In the morning at sunrise quickly attack the city. When he and his men come out to fight you, do what you can to him.” 1
Jephthah assembled all the men of Gilead and they fought with Ephraim. The men of Gilead defeated Ephraim, because the Ephraimites insulted them, saying, 1 “You Gileadites are refugees in Ephraim, living within Ephraim’s and Manasseh’s territory.” 2
the Israelites counterattacked. 1 Benjamin had begun to strike down the Israelites; 2 they struck down 3 about thirty men. They said, “There’s no doubt about it! They are totally defeated as in the earlier battle.”
“When you saw that King Nahash of the Ammonites was advancing against you, you said to me, ‘No! A king will rule over us’ – even though the Lord your God is your king!