Joshua 8:15
Good News Translation
Joshua and his men pretended that they were retreating, and ran away toward the barren country.

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

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But Joshua, and all Israel gave back, making as if they were afraid, and fleeing by the way of the wilderness.

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Joshua 18:12 And their border northward was from the Jordan: going along by the side of Jericho on the north side, and thence going up westward to the mountains, and reaching to the wilderness of Bethaven,

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The Conquest of Ai
14And when the king of Hai saw this, he made haste in the morning, and went out with all the army of the city, and set it in battle array, toward the desert, not knowing that there lay an ambush behind his back. 15But Joshua, and all Israel gave back, making as if they were afraid, and fleeing by the way of the wilderness.16But they shouting together, and encouraging one another, pursued them. And when they were come from the city,…
Cross References
Joshua 8:14
And when the king of Hai saw this, he made haste in the morning, and went out with all the army of the city, and set it in battle array, toward the desert, not knowing that there lay an ambush behind his back.

Joshua 15:61
In the desert Betharaba, Meddin and Sachacha,

Joshua 16:1
And the lot of the sons of Joseph fell from the Jordan over against Jericho and the waters thereof, on the east: the wilderness which goeth up from Jericho to the mountain of Bethel:

Joshua 18:12
And their border northward was from the Jordan: going along by the side of Jericho on the north side, and thence going up westward to the mountains, and reaching to the wilderness of Bethaven,

Judges 20:36
But the children of Benjamin, when they saw themselves to be too weak, began to flee. Which the children of Israel seeing, gave them place to flee, that they might come to the ambushes that were prepared, which they had set near the city.

Judges 20:42
And began to go towards the way of the desert, the enemy pursuing them thither also. And they that fired the city came also out to meet them.

Additional Translations
Joshua and all Israel let themselves be beaten back before them, and they fled toward the wilderness.And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before them, and fled by the way of the wilderness.

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

And Joshua and Israel saw, and retreated from before them.

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

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

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

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

And Joshua and all Israel seem stricken before them, and flee the way of the wilderness,
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