The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Tanach:|
Joshua 8: 6 And they will come out after us, till we have drawn them away from the city; for they will say: They flee before us, as at the first; so we will flee before them.
Joshua 8: 7 And ye shall rise up from the ambush, and take possession of the city; for the LORD your God will deliver it into your hand.
Joshua 8: 8 And it shall be, when ye have seized upon the city, that ye shall set the city on fire; according to the word of the LORD shall ye do; see, I have commanded you.'
Joshua 8: 9 And Joshua sent them forth; and they went to the ambushment, and abode between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of Ai; but Joshua lodged that night among the people.
Joshua 8: 10 And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai.
Joshua 8: 11 And all the people, even the men of war that were with him, went up, and drew nigh, and came before the city, and pitched on the north side of Ai--now there was a valley between him and Ai.
Joshua 8: 12 And he took about five thousand men, and set them in ambush between Beth-el and Ai, on the west side of Ai.
Joshua 8: 13 So the people set themselves in array, even all the host that was on the north of the city, their rear lying in wait on the west of the city; and Joshua went that night into the midst of the vale.
Joshua 8: 14 And it came to pass, when the king of Ai saw it, that the men of the city hastened and rose up early and went out against Israel to battle, he and all his people, at the time appointed,