Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
(For they will come out after us) till we have drawn them from the city; for they will say, They flee before us, as at the first: therefore we will flee before them.
All the reinforcements in Ai were ordered to chase them; they chased Joshua and were lured away from the city.
Pharaoh will think regarding the Israelites, 'They are wandering around confused in the land -- the desert has closed in on them.'
The enemy said, 'I will chase, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my desire will be satisfied on them. I will draw my sword, my hand will destroy them.'
Then the Benjaminites said, "They are defeated just as before." But the Israelites said, "Let's retreat and lure them away from the city into the main roads."
When a sentence is not executed at once against a crime, the human heart is encouraged to do evil.
Surely, no one knows his appointed time! Like fish that are caught in a deadly net, and like birds that are caught in a snare -- just like them, all people are ensnared at an unfortunate time that falls upon them suddenly.
When he held out his hand, the men waiting in ambush rose up quickly from their place and attacked. They entered the city, captured it, and immediately set it on fire.