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Joshua 15:63

Joshua 15:63

As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem
From whom the city was called Jebus, ( Judges 19:10 ) . The Jews say, that these Jebusites were not those of the seven nations; but there was a man whose name was Jebus, and he was of the Philistines, of the seed of Abimelech, and the place was called by his name Jebus; and the men of that family that dwelt at Jerusalem, their names were called Jebusites, having their descent from him; so Araunah, the Jebusite, was king of that place: and the fort of that place was Zion, which was at Jerusalem: so Kimchi relates from their Rabbins, and with whom Jarchi agrees, but without any foundation; there is no doubt to be made of it, that these Jebusites were Canaanites:

the children of Judah could not drive them out;
according to the above Jewish writers they could have done it, but it was not fit and proper they should, because of the oath of Abraham to Abimelech, from whom they suppose these Jebusites sprung; but the case was this; though Joshua slew the king of this place, and took his land with the rest, ( Joshua 10:1 Joshua 10:26 Joshua 10:42 ) ; and though the men of Judah retook it after his death, it having been got into the hands of the Jebusites again, ( Judges 1:8 ) ; yet either the fort of Zion was never taken by either of them, or if taken, the Jebusites got possession of it again, and held it until the times of David; see ( 2 Samuel 5:6-9 ) ;

but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto
this day;
the one in the fort of Zion, and the other in the city of Jerusalem, properly so called, and thus they continued unto the writing of this book; by which it should seem, that the Jebusites were not dispossessed of their fort, or a part of the city, by Joshua; or this might be added and inserted by some inspired man afterwards; or however it must be done before the times of David: and from the whole it appears, that the city of Jerusalem, at least a part of it, belonged to the tribe of Judah, as another part did to that of Benjamin, to which it is ascribed, ( Joshua 18:28 ) ; see ( Judges 1:21 ) .

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