About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the LORD unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.
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George Leo Haydock
Bands. Hebrew, "prepared for war passed over, before the Lord, unto battle, to the plains of Jericho. "(Haydock)
These formed the van-guard.
Plains. Hebrew harboth, which is translated desert, Jeremias lii. 8. A large plain, fit for pasturage, extended from the city to the Jordan, on the east side. (Calmet)