Joshua 8:15
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.

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

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

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

NASB 1995
Joshua and all Israel pretended to be beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

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

Amplified Bible
So Joshua and all Israel pretended to be defeated by them, and ran toward the wilderness.

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Yeshua scattered and all Israel from before them to flee into the way of wilderness

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Joshua and Israel saw, and retreated from before them.

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

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

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

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,

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

Literal Standard Version
And Joshua and all Israel [seem] struck before them, and flee the way of 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.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 up 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 up 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 were relying on 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.

by the way

Joshua 18:12
And their border on the north side was from Jordan; and the border went up to the side of Jericho on the north side, and went up through the mountains westward; and the goings out thereof were at the wilderness of Bethaven.









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)

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Joshua
יְהוֹשֻׁ֥עַ (yə·hō·wō·šu·a‘)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3091: Joshua -- 'the LORD is salvation', Moses' successor, also the name of a number of Israelites

and all
וְכָל־ (wə·ḵāl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

let themselves be beaten back
וַיִּנָּֽגְע֛וּ (way·yin·nā·ḡə·‘ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5060: To touch, lay the hand upon, to reach, violently, to strike

before them,
לִפְנֵיהֶ֑ם (lip̄·nê·hem)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 6440: The face

and they fled
וַיָּנֻ֖סוּ (way·yā·nu·sū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5127: To flit, vanish away

toward
דֶּ֥רֶךְ (de·reḵ)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

the wilderness.
הַמִּדְבָּֽר׃ (ham·miḏ·bār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4057: A pasture, a desert, speech


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