28 So Joshua burned(A) Ai[a](B) and made it a permanent heap of ruins,(C) a desolate place to this day.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Joshua 8:28 Ai means the ruin.

16 for before the boy knows(A) enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,(B) the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.(C)

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A Prophecy Against Damascus

17 A prophecy(A) against Damascus:(B)

“See, Damascus will no longer be a city
    but will become a heap of ruins.(C)

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10 The ruined city(A) lies desolate;(B)
    the entrance to every house is barred.

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You have made the city a heap of rubble,(A)
    the fortified(B) town a ruin,(C)
the foreigners’ stronghold(D) a city no more;
    it will never be rebuilt.(E)

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10 The fortified city stands desolate,(A)
    an abandoned settlement, forsaken(B) like the wilderness;
there the calves graze,(C)
    there they lie down;(D)
    they strip its branches bare.

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14 The fortress(A) will be abandoned,
    the noisy city deserted;(B)
citadel and watchtower(C) will become a wasteland forever,
    the delight of donkeys,(D) a pasture for flocks,(E)

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19 Though hail(A) flattens the forest(B)
    and the city is leveled(C) completely,

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26 “Have you not heard?
    Long ago I ordained(A) it.
In days of old I planned(B) it;
    now I have brought it to pass,
that you have turned fortified cities
    into piles of stone.(C)

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But the days are coming,”
    declares the Lord,
“when I will sound the battle cry(A)
    against Rabbah(B) of the Ammonites;
it will become a mound of ruins,(C)
    and its surrounding villages will be set on fire.
Then Israel will drive out
    those who drove her out,(D)
says the Lord.

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“Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble,
    a place for planting vineyards.(A)
I will pour her stones(B) into the valley
    and lay bare her foundations.(C)

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