However, when the people of Gibeon1 heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,24
they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loadeda with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended.
The men put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy.
Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal3 and said to him and the men of Israel, "We have come from a distant country;4 make a treaty5 with us."