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Joshua 8:23

But they took alive the king of Ai and brought him to Joshua.
New American Standard Version

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Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ai;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ambush;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ai;   Arms;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Ai;   Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ai;   Israel;   Joshua;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ai, Hai ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Ai;   Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ai;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the king of Ai they took alive,.... They spared him, and reserved him for a more shameful death:

and brought him to Joshua; their general; delivering him into his hands as his prisoner, to do will, him as seemed good in his sight.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-8.html. 1999.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua — to be reserved for a more ignominious death, as a greater criminal in God‘s sight than his subjects. In the mingled attack from before and behind, all the men were massacred.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/joshua-8.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.

Took alive — Reserving him to a more ignominious punishment.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-8.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 8:23 And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.

Ver. 23. And the king of Ai they took alive.] His preservation was but a reservation to a more solemn execution: so [Revelation 19:20] the beast and false prophet were cast alive into the fiery lake, when the remnant were slain with the sword. Potentes potenter torquebuntur.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-8.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Reserving him to a peculiar and more ignominious punishment, for the terror of the other kings, who were the chief causes of all that opposition and disturbance which Israel met with in gaining the possession of the Promised Land.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-8.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.’

The general who had initially been so successful and who had finally led to defeat not only his own men, but the men of Bethel as well, was captured alive and brought to Joshua for him to decide how to deal with him.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-8.html. 2013.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

23.And the king of Ai they took alive — Kings were anciently spared in battle, either to grace the triumph of the victor, or for the accomplishment of some political end, or, as in this case, for a more formal and impressive execution. The king of Bethel (Joshua 12:16) was, perhaps, killed in this battle, and left among the common dead, so that no special notice of his death is here recorded.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-8.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Josue. This king was reserved for greater torments and ignominy. It was the ancient custom to present kings and chief commanders to the victorious general, who rewarded those who brought them. (Grotius)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-8.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.

The king of Ai they took alive - to be reserved for a more ignominious death, as a greater criminal in God's sight than his subjects. In the mingled attack from before and behind, the whole men of Ai were massacred.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-8.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
29; 10:17; 1 Samuel 15:8; Revelation 19:20
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 8:23". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-8.html.