Treat Ai and its king as you did Jericho and its king,(A) except that you may plunder its spoil and livestock for yourselves.(B) Set an ambush behind the city.”(C)

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Saul came to the city of Amalek and set up an ambush in the wadi.

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22 The moment they began their shouts and praises, the Lord set an ambush(A) against the Ammonites, Moabites, and the inhabitants of Mount Seir who came to fight against Judah, and they were defeated.

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Arrival in Jerusalem

31 We set out from the Ahava River on the twelfth day of the first month to go to Jerusalem. We were strengthened by our God,[a](A) and he kept us from the grasp of the enemy and from ambush along the way.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 8:31 Lit The hand of our God was on us

he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket.
He lurks in order to seize a victim;
he seizes a victim and drags him in his net.

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11 If they say—“Come with us!
Let’s set an ambush(A) and kill someone.[a]
Let’s attack some innocent person(B) just for fun![b]

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Footnotes

  1. 1:11 Lit Let’s ambush for blood
  2. 1:11 Lit person for no reason

Their tongues are deadly arrows—
they speak deception.(A)
With his mouth
one speaks peaceably with his friend,
but inwardly he sets up an ambush.

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