New Living Translation
That night Joshua sent 5,000 men to lie in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the town.
King James Bible
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.
Darby Bible Translation
Now he had taken about five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west of the city.
World English Bible
He took about five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west side of the city.
Young's Literal Translation
And he taketh about five thousand men, and setteth them an ambush between Bethel and Ai, on the west of the city;
Joshua 8:12 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:12 And he took - Or rather, but he had taken, namely, out of the said number of thirty thousand, for this is added by way of recapitulation and farther explication of what is said in general, ver.9.
LibraryJesus in the Tomb.
It was about three o'clock in the afternoon, according to our manner of reckoning, when Jesus expired. A Jewish law forbade a corpse suspended on the cross to be left beyond the evening of the day of the execution. It is not probable that in the executions performed by the Romans this rule was observed; but as the next day was the Sabbath, and a Sabbath of peculiar solemnity, the Jews expressed to the Roman authorities their desire that this holy day should not be profaned by such a spectacle. …
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus
Moses and his Writings
After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the LORD, and he worshiped the LORD.
He named that place Bethel (which means "house of God"), although it was previously called Luz.
All the fighting men who were with Joshua marched in front of the town and camped on the north side of Ai, with a valley between them and the town.
So they stationed the main army north of the town and the ambush west of the town. Joshua himself spent that night in the valley.
The descendants of Joseph attacked the town of Bethel, and the LORD was with them.
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