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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature


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Jeb´usites, one of the most powerful of the nations of Canaan, who settled about Mount Moriah, where they built Jerusalem, and called it Jebus, after the name of their founder (). Although they were defeated with much slaughter, and Adonizedek, their king, slain by Joshua (Joshua 10), they were not wholly subdued, were able to retain their city till after his death (), and were not entirely dispossessed of it till the time of David (2 Samuel 5). By that time the inveteracy of the enmity between the Hebrews and such of the original inhabitants as remained in the land had much abated, and the rights of private property were respected by the conquerors. This we discover from the fact that the site on which the Temple afterwards stood belonged to a Jebusite, named Araunah, from whom it was purchased by King David, who declined to accept it as a free gift from the owner (2 Samuel 24). This is the last we hear of the Jebusites.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Jebusites'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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