Joshua at the capture of Ai lay in ambush, and so deceived the inhabitants that he gained an easy victory ( Joshua 8:4-26 ). Shechem was taken in this manner ( Judges 9:30-45 . Compare Jeremiah 51:12 ).
am'-boosh ('arabh, "to set an ambush"; ma'arabh, "an ambush"):
A military stratagem in which a body of men are placed in concealment to surprise an enemy unawares, or to attack a point when temporarily undefended. This stratagem was employed successfully by Joshua at Ai (Joshua 8). Jeremiah calls upon the Medes to "set up a standard against the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set the watchmen, prepare the ambushes" (Jeremiah 51:12).
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