Joshua 8:4
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New International Version
with these orders: "Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don't go very far from it. All of you be on the alert.

New Living Translation
with these orders: "Hide in ambush close behind the town and be ready for action.

English Standard Version
And he commanded them, “Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind it. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you remain ready.

Berean Study Bible
with these orders: “Pay attention. You are to lie in ambush behind the city, not too far from it. All of you must be ready.

New American Standard Bible
He 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.

King James Bible
And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready:

Christian Standard Bible
He commanded them: "Pay attention. Lie in ambush behind the city, not too far from it, and all of you be ready.

Good News Translation
with these orders: "Hide on the other side of the city, but not too far away from it; be ready to attack.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He commanded them: "Pay attention. Lie in ambush behind the city, not too far from it, and all of you be ready.

International Standard Version
telling them, "Pay attention now! You are to set up an ambush around the city. Don't go very far from the city, and all of you remain on alert.

NET Bible
He told them, "Look, set an ambush behind the city. Don't go very far from the city; all of you be ready!

New Heart English Bible
He commanded them, saying, "Look, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind the city. Do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
with these orders: "Set an ambush behind the city. Don't go very far away from the city. Everyone must be ready.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he commanded them, saying: 'Behold, ye shall lie in ambush against the city, behind the city; go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready.

New American Standard 1977
And he 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city; do not go very far from the city, but all of you be ready.

King James 2000 Bible
And he commanded them, saying, Behold, you shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be you all ready:

American King James Version
And he commanded them, saying, Behold, you shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be you all ready:

American Standard Version
And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in ambush against the city, behind the city; go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And commanded them, saying: Lay an ambush behind the city: and go not very far from it: and be ye all ready.

Darby Bible Translation
And he commanded them, saying, See, ye shall be in ambush against the city, behind the city: go not very far from the city, and be all of you ready.

English Revised Version
And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in ambush against the city, behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready:

Webster's Bible Translation
And he commanded them, saying, Behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready:

World English Bible
He commanded them, saying, "Behold, you shall lie in ambush against the city, behind the city. Don't go very far from the city, but all of you be ready.

Young's Literal Translation
and commandeth them, saying, 'See, ye are liers in wait against the city, at the rear of the city, ye go not very far off from the city, and all of you have been prepared,
Study Bible
The Conquest of Ai
3So Joshua and the whole army set out to attack Ai. Joshua chose 30,000 valiant warriors and sent them out at night 4with these orders: “Pay attention. You are to lie in ambush behind the city, not too far from it. All of you must be ready. 5Then I and all the troops with me will advance on the city. When they come out against us as they did the first time, we will flee from them.…
Cross References
Joshua 8:3
So Joshua and the whole army set out to attack Ai. Joshua chose 30,000 valiant warriors and sent them out at night

Judges 20:29
So Israel set up an ambush around Gibeah.

2 Kings 7:12
So the king got up in the night and said to his servants, "Let me tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know we are starving, so they have left the camp to hide in the field, thinking, 'When they come out of the city, we will take them alive and enter the city.'"

2 Chronicles 13:13
Now Jeroboam had sent an ambush around to advance from the rear, so that while he was in front of Judah, the ambush was behind them.

Treasury of Scripture

And he commanded them, saying, Behold, you shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city: go not very far from the city, but be you all ready:

lie in wait

Joshua 8:16 And all the people that were in Ai were called together to pursue …

Judges 9:25 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the top of the …

Judges 20:29,33,36 And Israel set liers in wait round about Gibeah…

1 Samuel 15:2,5 Thus said the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to …

Acts 23:21 But do not you yield to them: for there lie in wait for him of them …

go not

Ecclesiastes 7:19 Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.

Ecclesiastes 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor …







(4-8) Joshua's general plan of operations is stated in these verses. The following verses explain how it was worked out.

And he commanded them, saying,.... At the time he sent them away:

behold, ye shall lie in wait against the city, even behind the city; that is, on the west side of it, Joshua 8:9,

go not very far from the city, but be ye all ready; to enter into it, as soon as the forces are drawn out eastward to meet the army of Israel. 4. behind the city—is rendered (Jos 8:9), "on the west side of Ai."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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