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The men of Ai struck down of them about 36 men, and they chased them from outside the gate even to Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became like water. Bible

“Shebarim.” Shebarim means “broken.” It may be a place in the valley where the rocks or banks are broken, but it fits here because Israel was symbolically “broken.”

“the hearts of the people melted.” This was supposed to happen to the Canaanites, but here it happens to Israel (cp. Josh. 2:11; 5:1).


Commentary for: Joshua 7:5