Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 9:26

Thus he did to them, and delivered them from the hands of the sons of Israel, and they did not kill them.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Contracts;   Joshua;   Kirjath-Jearim;   Magnanimity;   Servant;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Gibeonites;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Gibeon;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - All-Sufficiency of God;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Alliance;   Gibeon;   Slave;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Gibeon;   Israel;   Joshua;   Stranger;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Journeyings of israel from egypt to canaan;   Nethinim;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Alliances;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Gibeon and Gibeonites;   Hivites;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

And so did he unto them - That is, he acted according to justice and mercy: he delivered them out of the hands of the people, so that they slew them not - here was mercy; and he made them hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and to the altar of God - here was justice. Thus Joshua did nothing but what was good and right, not only in his own eyes, but also in the eyes of the Lord. How long the Gibeonites were preserved as a distinct people after this, we know not. That they existed in the time of David, is evident from the circumstance mentioned on Joshua 9:19. They are not mentioned after the captivity; and it is probable that they were nearly annihilated by the persecution raised up against them by Saul. Some suppose that the Gibeonites existed under the appellation of Nethinim; but of this there is no decisive proof; the Nethinim were probably slaves of a different race.

On what we meet with in this chapter, we may make the following observations.

  1. The Gibeonites told lies, in order to save their lives. No expediency can justify this, nor are we called to attempt it. The Gibeonites were heathens, and we can expect nothing better from them. See note at the end of Joshua 2:24; (note).
  • They did not profit by their falsity: had they come in fairly, sought peace, and renounced their idolatry, they would have had life on honorable terms. As it was, they barely escaped with their lives, and were utterly deprived of their political liberty. Even the good that is sought by unlawful means has God's curse on it.
  • We need not be solicitous for the character of the Gibeonites here; they are neither our models, nor believers in the true God, and therefore pure religion is not concerned in their prevarication and falsity.
  • We see here of what solemn importance an oath was considered among the people of God; they swore to their own hurt, and changed not. When once they had bound themselves to their Maker, they did not believe that any changing circumstances could justify a departure from so awful an obligation. Thus, reader, shouldst thou fear a lie, and tremble at an oath.
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    Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 9:26". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-9.html. 1832.

    John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

    And so did he unto them,.... What was good and right, he showed them favour, and did them justice:

    and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not; who were so incensed against them for imposing on them in the manner they did, that they were ready many of them to draw their swords and slay them; and would have done it, had it not been for the interposition of Joshua, and the orders he gave to the contrary.

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    Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 9:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-9.html. 1999.

    Geneva Study Bible

    And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the m hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not.

    (m) Who were minded to put them to death for fear of God's wrath.
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    Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 9:26". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-9.html. 1599-1645.

    Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary

    Here, surely, I behold my Jesus, delivering me from the hand of every enemy, and rebuking Satan, who stands to accuse me. Zechariah 3:1-2.

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    Hawker, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Joshua 9:26". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/joshua-9.html. 1828.

    John Trapp Complete Commentary

    Joshua 9:26 And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not.

    Ver. 26. And delivered them out of the hands of the children of Israel.] Whose fingers even itched, as they say, after the pillage of those great cities: but Joshua staved them off.

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    Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 9:26". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-9.html. 1865-1868.

    Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

    So as was said Joshua 9:23, and so as here follows.

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    Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 9:26". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-9.html. 1685.

    Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

    26.And delivered them — The people were clamorous for their blood. Joshua shows his great courage and fidelity to his convictions by resisting the pressure of the outraged and excited populace, who in mobocratic madness would have swept away a weaker ruler.

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    Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 9:26". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-9.html. 1874-1909.