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.
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George Leo Haydock
Five thousand. These were part of the 30,000 mentioned above, ver. 3 . (Challoner)
Josue had given orders to have them placed in ambush apart; (Calmet) unless, perhaps, he places these himself in some secret place. (Haydock)