Joshua 8:12
Good News Translation
He took about five thousand men and put them in hiding west of the city, between Ai and Bethel.

Contemporary English Version
Joshua had already sent 5,000 soldiers to the west side of the town to hide and wait to attack.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he had chosen five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Hai, on the west side of the same city:

New American Bible
He took about five thousand warriors and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, west of the city.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And he had chosen five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Hai, on the west side of the same city:

five thousand

Joshua 8:2,3 And thou shalt do to the city of Hai, and to the king thereof, as thou hast done to Jericho, and to the king thereof: but the spoils, and all the cattle, you shall take for a prey to yourselves: lay an ambush for the city behind it. . . .

of the city.

Context
The Conquest of Ai
11And when they were come, and were gone up over against the city, they stood on the north side of the city, between which and them there was a valley in the midst. 12And he had chosen five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Hai, on the west side of the same city:13But all the rest of the army went in battle array on the north side, so that the last of that multitude reached to the west side of the city. So Joshua went that night, and stood in the midst of the valley.…
Cross References
Genesis 12:8
And passing on from thence to a mountain, that was on the east side of Bethel, he there pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: he built there also an altar to the Lord, and called upon his name.

Genesis 28:19
And he called the name of the city Bethel, which before was called Luza.

Joshua 8:11
And when they were come, and were gone up over against the city, they stood on the north side of the city, between which and them there was a valley in the midst.

Joshua 8:13
But all the rest of the army went in battle array on the north side, so that the last of that multitude reached to the west side of the city. So Joshua went that night, and stood in the midst of the valley.

Judges 1:22
The house of Joseph also went up against Bethel, and the Lord was with them.

Additional Translations
Now Joshua had taken about five thousand men and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, to the west of the city.And he took about five thousand men, and set them to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city.

And he took about five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of the city.

And the ambuscade was on the west side of the city.

Now he had taken about five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west of the city.

And he took about five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of the city.

And he took about five thousand men; and set them to lie in ambush between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of the city.

He took about five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city.

And he taketh about five thousand men, and setteth them an ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west of the city;
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