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The men pursued them on the road to the Jordan to the fords, and as soon as those who pursued them had gone out, they shut the gate. Bible

“to the Jordan.” The fords of Jordan across from Jericho are about 5 miles (8 km) from the ancient city.

“to the fords.” Many places in the Jordan River were too deep to cross easily, but the Jordan did have natural fords where people and animals could cross more easily. The roads in the region led to those fords. If a country controlled the fords, they controlled the east-west travel. When the Israelites fought the Moabites, they captured the fords of the Jordan and then were able to kill all the Moabite soldiers trying to get back to Moab (Judg. 3:28-29).


Commentary for: Joshua 2:7