17 Then the children of Israel journeyed and came to their cities on the third day. Now their cities were (A)Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kirjath Jearim.

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22 Then Joshua called for them, and he spoke to them, saying, “Why have you deceived us, saying, (A)‘We are very far from you,’ when (B)you dwell near us?

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that they (A)feared greatly, because Gibeon was a great city, like one of the royal cities, and because it was greater than Ai, and all its men were mighty.

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17 and from the tribe of Benjamin, (A)Gibeon with its common-land, (B)Geba with its common-land,

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David Avenges the Gibeonites

21 Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year; and David (A)inquired of the Lord. And the Lord answered, “It is because of Saul and his [a]bloodthirsty house, because he killed the Gibeonites.”

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 21:1 Lit. house of bloodshed

So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them. Now the Gibeonites were not of the children of Israel, but (A)of the remnant of the Amorites; the children of Israel had sworn protection to them, but Saul had sought to kill them (B)in his zeal for the children of Israel and Judah.

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