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Lexicon :: Strong's H5857 - ʿay

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Part of Speech
proper locative noun
Root Word (Etymology)
Strong’s Definitions

עַי ʻAy, ah'ee; or (feminine) עַיָּא ʻAyâʼ; (Nehemiah 11:31), or עַיָּת ʻAyâth; (Isaiah 10:28), for H5856; Ai, Aja or Ajath, a place in Palestine:—Ai, Aija, Aijath, Hai.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 41x

The KJV translates Strong's H5857 in the following manner: Ai (36x), Hai (2x), Aiath (1x), city (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 41x
The KJV translates Strong's H5857 in the following manner: Ai (36x), Hai (2x), Aiath (1x), city (1x).
  1. Ai or Aija or Aiath or Hai = "heap of ruins"

    1. a city lying east of Bethel and beside Bethaven near Jericho and the second city taken on the invasion of Canaan

    2. a city of the Ammonites on the east of the Jordan and apparently attached to Heshbon

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
עַי ʻAy, ah'ee; or (feminine) עַיָּא ʻAyâʼ; (Nehemiah 11:31), or עַיָּת ʻAyâth; (Isaiah 10:28), for H5856; Ai, Aja or Ajath, a place in Palestine:—Ai, Aija, Aijath, Hai.
STRONGS H5857: Abbreviations
עַי, עַיָּ֑ת, עַיָּה 40 proper name, of a location Αγγαι (Genesis), Γαι:
1. old Canaanite city, עַי always with article הָעַי (הָעָ֑י Genesis 13:3 +), near Bethel to the southeast (exact site unknown, compare DiJoshua 7:2 BuhlGeogr. 177), Genesis 12:8 (J), Genesis 13:3 (J), Joshua 7:2 (twice in verse); Joshua 7:3, 4, 5; Joshua 8:1 (twice in verse); Joshua 8:2, 3 + 18 times Joshua 8 (+ Qr Joshua 8:12; Joshua 8:16, but improbable, Kt עיר, compare Di), Joshua 9:3; Joshua 10:1 (twice in verse); Joshua 10:2 (all J E), Joshua 12:9 (D), Ezra 2:28 = Nehemiah 7:32; = עַיָּת Isaiah 10:28; עַיָּה (so Baer Ginsb, > עַיָּא van d. H.) Nehemiah 11:31, so read also (for עַזָּה whhich see near the end) 1 Chronicles 7:28.
2. east Jordan city Jeremiah 49:3 (+ חֶשְׁבוֺן), but read עָר city (?) Gf RothstKau Co (הָעִיר ?).
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon, Unabridged, Electronic Database.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


12:8; 13:3; 13:3


7:2; 7:2; 7:3; 7:4; 7:5; 8; 8:1; 8:2; 8:3; 8:12; 8:16; 9:3; 10:1; 10:2; 12:9

1 Chronicles





7:32; 11:31






Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H5857 matches the Hebrew עַי (ʿay),
which occurs 40 times in 34 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 12:8 - And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai H5857 on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxGen 13:3 - And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai; H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:2 - And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, H5857 which is beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai. H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:3 - And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; H5857 and make not all the people to labour thither; for they are but few.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:4 - So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai. H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 7:5 - And the men of Ai H5857 smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:1 - And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to Ai: H5857 see, I have given into thy hand the king of Ai, H5857 and his people, and his city, and his land:
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:2 - And thou shalt do to Ai H5857 and her king as thou didst unto Jericho and her king: only the spoil thereof, and the cattle thereof, shall ye take for a prey unto yourselves: lay thee an ambush for the city behind it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:3 - So Joshua arose, and all the people of war, to go up against Ai: H5857 and Joshua chose out thirty thousand mighty men of valour, and sent them away by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:9 - Joshua therefore sent them forth: and they went to lie in ambush, and abode between Bethel and Ai, H5857 on the west side of Ai: H5857 but Joshua lodged that night among the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:10 - And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai. H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:11 - And all the people, even the people of war that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai: H5857 now there was a valley between them and Ai. H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:12 - And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, H5857 on the west side of the city. H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:14 - And it came to pass, when the king of Ai H5857 saw it, that they hasted and rose up early, and the men of the city went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at a time appointed, before the plain; but he wist not that there were liers in ambush against him behind the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:16 - And all the people that were in Ai H5857 were called together to pursue after them: and they pursued after Joshua, and were drawn away from the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:17 - And there was not a man left in Ai H5857 or Bethel, that went not out after Israel: and they left the city open, and pursued after Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:18 - And the LORD said unto Joshua, Stretch out the spear that is in thy hand toward Ai; H5857 for I will give it into thine hand. And Joshua stretched out the spear that he had in his hand toward the city.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:20 - And when the men of Ai H5857 looked behind them, they saw, and, behold, the smoke of the city ascended up to heaven, and they had no power to flee this way or that way: and the people that fled to the wilderness turned back upon the pursuers.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:21 - And when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city, and that the smoke of the city ascended, then they turned again, and slew the men of Ai. H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:23 - And the king of Ai H5857 they took alive, and brought him to Joshua.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:24 - And it came to pass, when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai H5857 in the field, in the wilderness wherein they chased them, and when they were all fallen on the edge of the sword, until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned unto Ai, H5857 and smote it with the edge of the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:25 - And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of Ai. H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:26 - For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:28 - And Joshua burnt Ai, H5857 and made it an heap for ever, even a desolation unto this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 8:29 - And the king of Ai H5857 he hanged on a tree until eventide: and as soon as the sun was down, Joshua commanded that they should take his carcase down from the tree, and cast it at the entering of the gate of the city, and raise thereon a great heap of stones, that remaineth unto this day.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 9:3 - And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, H5857
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:1 - Now it came to pass, when Adonizedek king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, H5857 and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai H5857 and her king; and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel, and were among them;
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 10:2 - That they feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, as one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, H5857 and all the men thereof were mighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 12:9 - The king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai, H5857 which is beside Bethel, one;
Unchecked Copy BoxEzr 2:28 - The men of Bethel and Ai, H5857 two hundred twenty and three.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 7:32 - The men of Bethel and Ai, H5857 an hundred twenty and three.
Unchecked Copy BoxNeh 11:31 - The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija, H5857 and Bethel, and in their villages,
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 10:28 - He is come to Aiath, H5857 he is passed to Migron; at Michmash he hath laid up his carriages:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:3 - Howl, O Heshbon, for Ai H5857 is spoiled: cry, ye daughters of Rabbah, gird you with sackcloth; lament, and run to and fro by the hedges; for their king shall go into captivity, and his priests and his princes together.
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