Joshua 8:15
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New International Version
Joshua and all Israel let themselves be driven back before them, and they fled toward the wilderness.

New Living Translation
Joshua and the Israelite army fled toward the wilderness as though they were badly beaten.

English Standard Version
And Joshua and all Israel pretended to be beaten before them and fled in the direction of the wilderness.

Berean Study Bible
Joshua and all Israel let themselves be beaten back before them, and they fled toward the wilderness.

New American Standard Bible
Joshua and all Israel pretended to be beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

King James Bible
And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

Christian Standard Bible
Joshua and all Israel pretended to be beaten back by them and fled toward the wilderness.

Good News Translation
Joshua and his men pretended that they were retreating, and ran away toward the barren country.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joshua and all Israel pretended to be beaten back by them and fled toward the wilderness.

International Standard Version
Because Joshua and the entire fighting force of Israel pretended to lose the battle by running away in front of them toward the wilderness,

NET Bible
Joshua and all Israel pretended to be defeated by them and they retreated along the way to the desert.

New Heart English Bible
Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joshua and all Israel pretended to be defeated. They ran away toward the desert.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

New American Standard 1977
And Joshua and all Israel pretended to be beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them and fled by the way of the wilderness.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

American King James Version
And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

American Standard Version
And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Josue, and all Israel gave back, making as if they were afraid, and fleeing by the way of the wilderness.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joshua and all Israel let themselves be beaten before them; and they fled by the way of the wilderness.

English Revised Version
And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

World English Bible
Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joshua and all Israel seem stricken before them, and flee the way of the wilderness,
Study Bible
The Conquest of Ai
14When the king of Ai saw the Israelites, he hurried out early in the morning with the men of the city to engage them in battle at an appointed place overlooking the Arabah. But he did not know that an ambush had been set against him behind the city. 15Joshua and all Israel let themselves be beaten back before them, and they fled toward the wilderness. 16Then all the men of Ai were summoned to pursue them, and they followed Joshua and were drawn away from the city.…
Cross References
Joshua 8:14
When the king of Ai saw the Israelites, he hurried out early in the morning with the men of the city to engage them in battle at an appointed place overlooking the Arabah. But he did not know that an ambush had been set against him behind the city.

Joshua 15:61
These were in the wilderness: Beth-arabah, Middin, Secacah,

Joshua 16:1
The allotment for the descendants of Joseph extended from the Jordan at Jericho to the waters of Jericho on the east, through the wilderness that goes up from Jericho into the hill country of Bethel.

Joshua 18:12
On the north side their border began at the Jordan, went up past the northern slope of Jericho, headed west through the hill country, and came out at the wilderness of Beth-aven.

Judges 20:36
Then the Benjamites realized they had been defeated. Now the men of Israel had retreated before Benjamin, because they had confidence in the ambush they had set against Gibeah.

Judges 20:42
So they fled before the men of Israel toward the wilderness, but the battle overtook them, and the men coming out of the cities struck them down there.

Treasury of Scripture

And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

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Joshua 18:12 And their border on the north side was from Jordan; and the border …







Verse 15. - Made as though they were beaten. "Joshua conquered by yielding. So our Lord Jesus Christ, when He bowed His head and gave up the ghost, seemed as if death had triumphed over Him; but in His resurrection He rallied again, and gave the powers of darkness a total defeat" (Matthew Henry). By the way of the wilderness. Northwestward, in the direction of the wilderness of Bethel (Joshua 16:1) And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them,.... Or smitten, as some of them might be in the pursuit:

and fled by the way of the wilderness; not a barren desert, but, according to Kimchi and Ben Melech, a place for the pasture of cattle; though perhaps it is the same with the wilderness of Bethaven, Joshua 18:12. Epiphanius (w) makes mention of the wilderness of Bethel and Ephraim as near Jericho.

(w) Contr. Haeres. l. 1. tom. 2.15-17. Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them—the pretended flight in the direction of the wilderness; that is, southeast, into the Ghor, the desert valley of the Jordan, decoyed all the inhabitants of Ai out of the city, while the people of Beth-el hastened to participate in the expected victory. It is supposed by some, from "the city," and not "cities," being spoken of, that the effective force of Beth-el had been concentrated in Ai, as the two places were closely contiguous, and Ai the larger of the two. (See Jos 12:9). It may be remarked, however, that the words, "or Beth-el," are not in the Septuagint, and are rejected by some eminent scholars, as an interpolation not found in the most ancient manuscripts.8:3-22 Observe Joshua's conduct and prudence. Those that would maintain their spiritual conflicts must not love their ease. Probably he went into the valley alone, to pray to God for a blessing, and he did not seek in vain. He never drew back till the work was done. Those that have stretched out their hands against their spiritual enemies, must never draw them back.



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