A military engagement between individuals or armies. In the Bible there are many references to battles, with occasional hints of strategy (Josh 8:1-25
) and frequent claims that divine activity is more important than the strength of the soldiers (Exod 15:1-18
). Battles are recorded with various Canaanite cities and with neighboring countries. From a purely political viewpoint some of these battles were offensive (Josh 1-12
) and some were defensive (Judg 6:1-8:21
). In the NT, Paul uses battle as a metaphor for the Christian life (1Cor 14:8
), and the conflict between God and evil is also depicted in the Revelation to John as a battle (Rev 9:7
; Rev 9:9
; Rev 16:14
; Rev 20:8
Ai Captured by a Stratagem and Destroyed
1Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear or be dismayed; take all the fighting men with you, and go up now to Ai. Se ... View more
The Song of Moses
1Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
horse and rider he has t ... View more
God's Commission to Joshua
1After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' assistant, saying,2“My servant Moses i ... View more
The Midianite Oppression
1The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years.2The hand of Mid ... View more
8And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?
7In appearance the locusts were like horses equipped for battle. On their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces,
9they had scales like iron breastplates, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle.
14These are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.
8and will come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, in order to gather them for battle; they are as numerous as the sands ... View more