the name of the original inhabitants of Jebus, mentioned frequently among the seven nations doomed to destruction ( Genesis 10:16 ; 15:21 ; Exodus 3:8 Exodus 3:17 ; 13:5 , etc.). At the time of the arrival of the Israelites in Palestine they were ruled by Adonizedek ( Joshua 10:1 Joshua 10:23 ). They were defeated by Joshua, and their king was slain; but they were not entirely driven out of Jebus till the time of David, who made it the capital of his kingdom instead of Hebron. The site on which the temple was afterwards built belonged to Araunah, a Jebusite, from whom it was purchased by David, who refused to accept it as a free gift ( 2 Samuel 24:16-25 ; 1 Chronicles 21:24 1 Chronicles 21:25 ).
(descendants of Jebus ), The, were descended from the third son of Canaan. ( Genesis 10:16 ; 1 Chronicles 1:14 ) The actual people first appear in the invaluable report of the spies. ( Numbers 13:29 ) When Jabin organized his rising against Joshua, the Jebusites joined him. ( Joshua 11:3 ) "Jebus, which is Jerusalem," lost its king in the slaughter of Beth-horon, ( Joshua 10:1 Joshua 10:5 Joshua 10:26 ) comp. Josh 12:10 was sacked and burned by the men of Judah, ( Judges 1:21 ) and its citadel finally scaled and occupied by David. ( 2 Samuel 5:6 ) After this they emerge from the darkness but once, in the person of Araunah the Jebusite, "Araunah the king," who appears before us in true kingly dignity in his well-known transaction with David. ( 2 Samuel 24:23 ; 1 Chronicles 21:24 1 Chronicles 21:25 )