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GIRGASHITES (in Heb. always sing. ‘the Girgashite,’ and rightly so rendered in RV [Note: Revised Version.] ). Very little is known of this people, whose name, though occurring several times in OT in the list of Can. tribes ( Genesis 10:16; Genesis 15:21 , Deuteronomy 7:1 [and Deuteronomy 20:17 in Sam. and LXX [Note: Septuagint.] ], Joshua 3:10; Jos 24:11 , 1 Chronicles 1:14 , Nehemiah 9:8 ), affords no indication of their position, or to what branch of the Canaanites they belonged, except in two instances, namely, Genesis 10:16 , where the ‘Girgashite’ is given as the name of the fifth son of Canaan; and Joshua 24:11 , where the Girgashites would seem to have inhabited the tract on the west of Jordan, the Israelites having been obliged to cross over that river in order to fight the men of Jericho, among whom were the Girgashites.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Girgashites'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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