Joshua 8:5
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New International Version
I and all those with me will advance on the city, and when the men come out against us, as they did before, we will flee from them.

New Living Translation
When our main army attacks, the men of Ai will come out to fight as they did before, and we will run away from them.

English Standard Version
And I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out against us just as before, we shall flee before them.

New American Standard Bible
"Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out to meet us as at the first, we will flee before them.

King James Bible
And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. When they come out against us as they did the first time, we will flee from them.

International Standard Version
I and all of the army with me will advance upon the city. When they come out after us like they did before, we'll run away from them.

NET Bible
I and all the troops who are with me will approach the city. When they come out to fight us like before, we will retreat from them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'll approach the city with the rest of the troops. When they come out to attack us as they did the first time, we will run away from them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I and all the people that are with me, will approach the city; and when they come out against us, as at the first, we will flee before them

King James 2000 Bible
And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them,

American King James Version
And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach to the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them,

American Standard Version
and I, and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city. And it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I and the rest of the multitude which is with me; will approach on the contrary side against the city. And when they shall come out against us, we will flee, and turn our backs, as we did before:

Darby Bible Translation
And I and all the people that are with me will approach to the city; and it shall come to pass when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them.

English Revised Version
and I, and all the people that are with me, will approach unto the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them;

Webster's Bible Translation
And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach to the city: and it shall come to pass when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them,

World English Bible
I, and all the people who are with me, will approach to the city. It shall happen, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them.

Young's Literal Translation
and I and all the people who are with me draw near unto the city, and it hath come to pass when they come out to meet us as at the first, and we have fled before them,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - We will flee before them. A common expedient of a sagacious general when contending with undisciplined troops is a strong position. Many instances will occur to the student of history, and among others the celebrated feigned flight of William the Conqueror at Hastings. St. Augustine doubts whether this stratagem were lawful. Cajetan and the Jesuit commentators reply that it was so "quia mendacium non tam facile committitur factis, quam verbis" (Cornelius a Lapide).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I and all the people that are with me will approach unto the city,.... That is, Joshua with the main body of the army would march up to the city the next morning, in order to draw out the inhabitants of it to fight them:

and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first; as they had done before, when the three thousand were sent against them, Joshua 7:4,

that we will flee before them; as the three thousand did, which would animate them to pursue them with the greater eagerness, and to a distance from their city.



Joshua 8:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Conquest of Ai
4He commanded them, saying, "See, you are going to ambush the city from behind it. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready. 5"Then I and all the people who are with me will approach the city. And when they come out to meet us as at the first, we will flee before them. 6"They will come out after us until we have drawn them away from the city, for they will say, 'They are fleeing before us as at the first.' So we will flee before them.…
Cross References
Joshua 8:6
They will pursue us until we have lured them away from the city, for they will say, 'They are running away from us as they did before.' So when we flee from them,

Judges 20:32
While the Benjamites were saying, "We are defeating them as before," the Israelites were saying, "Let's retreat and draw them away from the city to the roads."
Treasury of Scripture

And I, and all the people that are with me, will approach to the city: and it shall come to pass, when they come out against us, as at the first, that we will flee before them,

as at

Joshua 7:5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they …

that we will

Judges 20:31-33 And the children of Benjamin went out against the people, and were …

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the middle of wolves: be you …

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