And the men of Ai struck of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim, and struck them on the descent: therefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.
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George Leo Haydock
Sabarim, which means people "broken and defeated. "Septuagint, "they pursued them from the gate, till they had entirely broken them "destroying 36, and putting the rest to flight. (Calmet)
This small disaster filled the whole camp with dismay, as the Lord generally caused the victories of his people to be complete, and without any loss, as long as they continued in his favour. None were found wanting of those who attacked and destroyed so many of the Madianites, Numbers xxxi. 49. (Haydock)