Joshua – Chapter 9

Joshua chapter 9

Verses 1-6 – The news about Israel’s victory was widespread. The kings in that area decided to unite and come against the Israelites all except the Gibionites. They had decided to deceive the Israelites and join them so they wouldn’t be destroyed.
Verse 7 – The connection of Gibion with the Hivites implies that this group may have been a recent addition to the region.
Verse 8 – This verse implies that the Gibionites wanted a relationship with the Israelites.
Verses 9, 10 – This confession of the Gibionites resemble what Rahab had said. Their expression of faith in God was based on the work of God in Egypt and against Sihon and Og.
Verses 14-17 – God had specifically instructed Israel not to make any treaties with the inhabitants of Canaan (Exodus 23:32; 43:12; Numbers 33:55; Deuteronomy 7:2; 20:17, 18).But they were deceived into believing these men were from afar off. Why? Because scripture states, they did not seek God’s counsel.
Verses 19, 20 – God had commanded that oaths be kept therefore there was no attack on the city of Gibion (Leviticus 5:4; 27:2, 28).
Verse 21 – Deuteronomy 29:11 implied that foreigners living in the land of Israel should fulfill the roles of woodcutters and water carriers. In ancient days, people often offered themselves as slaves in order to save their lives.

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