And Joshua and all Israel made as if they were beaten before
Or smitten, as some of them might be in the pursuit:
and fled by the way of the wilderness;
not a barren desert, but, according to Kimchi and Ben Melech, a place for the pasture of cattle; though perhaps it is the same with the wilderness of Bethaven, ( Joshua 18:12 ) . Epiphanius F23 makes mention of the wilderness of Bethel and Ephraim as near Jericho.
F23 Contr. Haeres. l. 1. tom. 2.