Josh. 9:4 KJV (With Strong’s)

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They did work
`asah (Hebrew #6213)
to do or make, in the broadest sense and widest application (as follows)
KJV usage: accomplish, advance, appoint, apt, be at, become, bear, bestow, bring forth, bruise, be busy, X certainly, have the charge of, commit, deal (with), deck, + displease, do, (ready) dress(-ed), (put in) execute(-ion), exercise, fashion, + feast, (fight-)ing man, + finish, fit, fly, follow, fulfill, furnish, gather, get, go about, govern, grant, great, + hinder, hold ((a feast)), X indeed, + be industrious, + journey, keep, labour, maintain, make, be meet, observe, be occupied, offer, + officer, pare, bring (come) to pass, perform, pracise, prepare, procure, provide, put, requite, X sacrifice, serve, set, shew, X sin, spend, X surely, take, X thoroughly, trim, X very, + vex, be (warr-)ior, work(-man), yield, use.
Pronounce: aw-saw'
Origin: a primitive root
wilily
`ormah (Hebrew #6195)
trickery; or (in a good sense) discretion
KJV usage: guile, prudence, subtilty, wilily, wisdom.
Pronounce: or-maw'
Origin: feminine of 6193
, and went
yalak (Hebrew #3212)
to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively, to carry (in various senses)
KJV usage: X again, away, bear, bring, carry (away), come (away), depart, flow, + follow(-ing), get (away, hence, him), (cause to, made) go (away, -ing, -ne, one's way, out), grow, lead (forth), let down, march, prosper, + pursue, cause to run, spread, take away ((-journey)), vanish, (cause to) walk(-ing), wax, X be weak.
Pronounce: yaw-lak'
Origin: a primitive root (compare 1980)
and made as if they had been ambassadors
tsayar (Hebrew #6737)
to make an errand, i.e. betake oneself
KJV usage: make as if...had been ambassador.
Pronounce: tsaw-yar'
Origin: a denominative from 6735 in the sense of ambassador
, and took
laqach (Hebrew #3947)
to take (in the widest variety of applications)
KJV usage: accept, bring, buy, carry away, drawn, fetch, get, infold, X many, mingle, place, receive(-ing), reserve, seize, send for, take (away, -ing, up), use, win.
Pronounce: law-kakh'
Origin: a primitive root
old
baleh (Hebrew #1087)
worn out
KJV usage: old.
Pronounce: baw-leh'
Origin: from 1086
sacks
saq (Hebrew #8242)
properly, a mesh (as allowing a liquid to run through), i.e. coarse loose cloth or sacking (used in mourning and for bagging); hence, a bag (for grain, etc.)
KJV usage: sack(-cloth, -clothes).
Pronounce: sak
Origin: from 8264
upon their asses
chamowr (Hebrew #2543)
from 2560; a male ass (from its dun red)
KJV usage: (he)ass.
Pronounce: kham-ore'
Origin: or (shortened) chamor {kham-ore}
, and wine
yayin (Hebrew #3196)
wine (as fermented); by implication, intoxication
KJV usage: banqueting, wine, wine(-bibber).
Pronounce: yah'-yin
Origin: from an unused root meaning to effervesce
bottles
no'd (Hebrew #4997)
also (feminine) no)dah {no-daw'}; from an unused root of uncertain signification; a (skin or leather) bag (for fluids)
KJV usage: bottle.
Pronounce: node
Origin: or noywd {node}
, old
baleh (Hebrew #1087)
worn out
KJV usage: old.
Pronounce: baw-leh'
Origin: from 1086
, and rent
baqa` (Hebrew #1234)
to cleave; generally, to rend, break, rip or open
KJV usage: make a breach, break forth (into, out, in pieces, through, up), be ready to burst, cleave (asunder), cut out, divide, hatch, rend (asunder), rip up, tear, win.
Pronounce: baw-kah'
Origin: a primitive root
, and bound up
tsarar (Hebrew #6887)
to cramp, literally or figuratively, transitive or intransitive (as follows)
KJV usage: adversary, (be in) afflict(-ion), beseige, bind (up), (be in, bring) distress, enemy, narrower, oppress, pangs, shut up, be in a strait (trouble), vex.
Pronounce: tsaw-rar'
Origin: a primitive root
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Ministry on This Verse

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work wilily.
ambassadors.The word {tzir,} an ambassador, properly denotes a hinge; because an ambassador is a person upon whom the business turns as upon a hinge.
So the Latin {Cardinalis,} from {cardo,} a hinge, was the title of the prime minister of the emperor Theodosius, though now applied only to the Pope's electors and counsellors.wine bottles.These bottles being made of skin, were consequently liable to be rent, and capable of being mended; which is done, according to Chardin, by putting in a piece, or by gathering up the wounded piece in the manner of a purse; and sometimes by inserting a flat piece of wood.
 But the wiles of the enemy are more to be feared than his strength; indeed it is only these that are to be feared: for in his strength he meets the Lord (Joshua 9 by J.N. Darby)

J. N. Darby Translation

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then they also acted with craft, and they went prepared as on a journeyd, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine-flasks, old and rent and tied up;

JND Translation Notes

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Or "feigned themselves ambassadors." Some read "provided themselves with victuals."