Joshua 9:16-17

16 Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.
17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim.

Joshua 9:16 in Other Translations

KJV
16 And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbours, and that they dwelt among them.
ESV
16 At the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, they heard that they were their neighbors and that they lived among them.
NLT
16 Three days after making the treaty, they learned that these people actually lived nearby!
MSG
16 And then, three days after making this covenant, they learned that they were next-door neighbors who had been living there all along!
CSB
16 Three days after making the treaty with them, they heard that the Gibeonites were their neighbors, living among them.

Joshua 9:16-17 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOSHUA 9

This chapter gives an account of the combination of the several kings of Canaan against Israel, Jos 9:1,2; and of the craftiness of the Gibeonites, pretending they were ambassadors from a far country, and desired to enter into a league with Israel, which they obtained, Jos 9:3-15; but when it was discovered who they were, it occasioned a murmuring among the people, Jos 9:16-18; which the princes quelled by proposing to make them hewers of wood, and drawers of water, Jos 9:19-21; in order to which Joshua summoned them before him, and chided them for beguiling them; and after they had made their excuse, he ordered them to the service the princes proposed, and so peace in the congregation of Israel was preserved, Jos 9:21-27.

Joshua 9:16-17 In-Context

14 The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the LORD.
15 Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.
16 Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.
17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim.
18 But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the LORD, the God of Israel. The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders,
19 but all the leaders answered, “We have given them our oath by the LORD, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now.

Cross References 3

  • 1. ver 22
  • 2. Joshua 18:25; 2 Samuel 4:2; 2 Samuel 23:37
  • 3. Joshua 15:9,60; Joshua 18:14,15; Judges 18:12; 1 Samuel 6:21; 1 Samuel 7:2; Psalms 132:6; Jeremiah 26:20; 1 Samuel 7:1-2
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