Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 8:16

And all the people who were in the city were called together to pursue them, and they pursued Joshua and were drawn away from the city.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ambush;   Armies;   Strategy;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Sieges;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ai;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ambush;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Arms;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ai;   Bethel;   Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ai;   Israel;   Joshua;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ai, Hai ;   Ambush, Ambushment;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Ai;   Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Targum;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ai;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And all the people that were in Ai were called together to pursue after them,.... Because the host of Israel was very numerous, it was judged proper that all the people in Ai should assist in pursuing them, not only to kill the more in the pursuit, but to carry off the spoil and prisoners they should take; or rather the sense is, that all the people in Ai, which were come out with the king to battle, when they saw Israel flee, "cried"F24וזעקו "vociferantes", V. L. "vociferati sunt", Pagninus, Montanus. , or shouted, as soldiers do when victorious, "in" or "while pursuing"F25לרדף "persequendo", Pagninus, Montanus. after them:

and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city; at some considerable distance from it; which was the design to be answered by feigning a flight.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 8:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-8.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And all the people that were in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.

All the people — Namely, all that were able to bear arms, for old men and children were unfit for the pursuit or fight; and that they were yet left, may seem from verse24,25.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 8:16". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-8.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 8:16 And all the people that [were] in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.

Ver. 16. And were drawn away from the city.] In hope of like success as before; but it proved otherwise. So wicked men praesumendo sperant, et sperando pereunt, presume and perish.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 8:16". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-8.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

All the people, to wit, all that were able to bear arms, for old men and children were unfit for the pursuit or fight; and that they were yet left, may seem from Joshua 8:24,25.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 8:16". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-8.html. 1685.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

in Ai. Some codices read "in the city",

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 8:16". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-8.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And all the people that were in Ai were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.
called together
Judges 20:36-39
drawn away
5,6; Judges 20:31; Psalms 9:16; Ezekiel 38:11-22; Revelation 16:14; 19:19-21
Reciprocal: Joshua 8:4 - lie in wait;  Joshua 8:14 - Ai saw it;  Joshua 8:24 - returned unto Ai;  Judges 20:32 - Let us flee

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 8:16". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-8.html.