Joshua 9:7

7 The Israelites said to the Hivites, “But perhaps you live near us, so how can we make a treaty with you?”

Read Joshua 9:7 Using Other Translations

And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?
But the men of Israel said to the Hivites, "Perhaps you live among us; then how can we make a covenant with you?"
The Israelites replied to these Hivites, “How do we know you don’t live nearby? For if you do, we cannot make a treaty with you.”

What does Joshua 9:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joshua 9:7

And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites
Though they did not know them to be such, but as they afterwards appeared to be the Hivites, as the Gibeonites were, they are here so called, see ( Joshua 11:19 ) . The name signifies "serpents"; according to a Derash, or mystical exposition, mentioned by Kimchi, the Gibeonites are so called, because they did the work of the serpent; that is to say, they deceived the Israelites, as the serpent deceived Eve:

peradventure ye dwell among us;
of which they had some suspicion;

and how shall we make a league with you?
which they were forbid to do with any of the seven nations, ( Deuteronomy 7:2 ) .

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