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And it will be when you have seized the city, that you are to set the city on fire. You are to do according to the word of Yahweh. See, I have commanded you.” Bible

“set the city on fire.” Ai was one of the only three cities that God commanded that Israel burn after conquering it: Ai, Jericho, and Hazor (Josh. 6:24; 8:28; 11:11).

“You are to do according to the word of Yahweh.” Simple and straightforward. Humans are to obey God. This is one of the themes of Joshua: obeying God.


Commentary for: Joshua 8:8