The people of Gibeon had heard about what happened to Ai and Jericho and were afraid for their lives. They decided to lie to Israel about their true identity in order to trick them into a peace treaty, ensuring their safety under Israel’s occupation of their land.
Joshua accepted their story and entered into an agreement that the people of Gibeon would be slaves of Israel; he did not consult the Lord first. A few days later, Israel found out that the Gibeonites had lied, but they could not attack them because they had sworn by the Lord not to hurt them.
The Israelites grumbled about this, but the leaders would not budge.
We promised them in the presence of the God of Israel. We can’t lay a hand on them now. But we can do this: We will let them live so we don’t get blamed for breaking our…
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