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Joshua 9:3

    Joshua 9:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the men of Gibeon, hearing what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai,

    Webster's Revision

    But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,

    World English Bible

    But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai,

    Clarke's Commentary on Joshua 9:3

    The inhabitants of Gibeon heard - These alone did not join the confederation. Gibeon is supposed to have been the capital of the Hivites. In the division of the land it fell to the lot of Benjamin, Joshua 18:25, and was afterwards given to the priests, Joshua 21:17. See the note on Joshua 10:2.

    Barnes' Notes on Joshua 9:3

    Gibeon was the head of the four towns Joshua 9:17 occupied by the Hivites Joshua 11:19. The inhabitants were Amorites 2 Samuel 21:2; the name "Amorites" being used as a general name for the Canaanite population (Deuteronomy 1:44 note). The Hivites seem to have had a non-monarchical form of government (compare Joshua 9:3, Joshua 9:11), but their city was Joshua 10:2 in size and importance equal to those cities which the kings of the country made their capitals. Gibeon signifies "pertaining to a hill," i. e. built on a hill (compare Gibeah and Geba, towns in the same neighborhood), and describes the site, which is on two of the rounded hills unique to this district. It is still known as El-Jib, and lies about five miles north of Jerusalem by the most direct route. It stands at the head of the pass of Beth-horon, through which lies the main route from Jerusalem and the lower Jordan valley to Joppa and the sea coast. Thus from its position, no less than from the number and valor of its people Joshua 10:2, it was one of the most important cities of southern Canaan. Gibeon fell within the lot of Benjamin Joshua 18:25, and was one of the cities assigned to the priests Joshua 21:17. In later times it was famous as the scene of various events (2 Samuel 2:12-17; 2 Samuel 20:4-13; 1 Kings 2:28-29, compare with 1 Chronicles 16:39). It was for a long time the spot where the tabernacle of Moses, together with the brass altar of burnt offering 1 Chronicles 21:29 and other portions of the sacred furniture, were placed. It was the scene of the magnificent ceremonial with which Solomon inaugurated his reign 1 Kings 3, but no doubt lost much of its importance after the tabernacle and its accompaniments were removed to the temple of Solomon.

    Wesley's Notes on Joshua 9:3

    9:3 Gibeon - A great and royal city of the Hivites.