Joshua 9:4

Overview - Joshua 9
The kings combine against Israel.
The Gibeonites by craft obtain a league.
22 They are condemned to perpetual bondage.
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Joshua 9:4  (King James Version)
They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up;

work wilily
Genesis 34:13 ; 1 Kings 20:31-33 ; Matthew 10:16 ; Luke 16:8

The word {tzir,} an ambassador, properly denotes a hinge; because an ambassador is a person upon whom the business turns as upon a hinge. So the Latin {Cardinalis,} from {cardo,} a hinge, was the title of the prime minister of the emperor Theodosius, though now applied only to the Pope's electors and counsellors.

wine bottles
These bottles being made of skin, were consequently liable to be rent, and capable of being mended; which is done, according to Chardin, by putting in a piece, or by gathering up the wounded piece in the manner of a purse; and sometimes by inserting a flat piece of wood.
Psalms 119:83 ; Matthew 9:17 ; Mark 2:22 ; Luke 5:37 Luke 5:38