Chapter 8 of the Book Of Josue
Read the Douay-Rheims Latin Vulgate Bible everyday from Genesis to Apocalypse. Todays reading is currently at: Book Of Josue 8:11-20
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. 12 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: 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 Josue went that night, and stood in the midst of the valley. 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. 15 But Josue, and all Israel gave back, making as if they were afraid, and fleeing by the way of the wilderness.
12 "Five thousand"... These were part of the thirty thousand mentioned above, ver. 3.
16 But they shouting together, and encouraging one another, pursued them. And when they were come from the city, 17 And not one remained in the city of Hai and of Bethel, that did not pursue after Israel, leaving the towns open as they had rushed out, 18 The Lord said to Josue: Lift up the shield that is in thy hand, towards the city of Hai, for I will deliver it to thee. 19 And when he had lifted up his shield towards the city, the ambush that lay hid, rose up immediately: and going to the city, took it and set it on fire. 20 And the men of the city, that pursued after Josue, looking back and seeing the smoke of the city rise up to heaven, had no more power to flee this way or that way: especially as they that had counterfeited flight, and were going toward the wilderness, turned back most valiantly against them that pursued.