Joshua 9:15
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New International Version
Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.

New Living Translation
Then Joshua made a peace treaty with them and guaranteed their safety, and the leaders of the community ratified their agreement with a binding oath.

English Standard Version
And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live, and the leaders of the congregation swore to them.

New American Standard Bible
Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them.

King James Bible
And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Joshua established peace with them and made a treaty to let them live, and the leaders of the community swore an oath to them.

International Standard Version
They made a treaty with them, guaranteeing their lives with a covenant, and the leaders of the congregation confirmed it with an oath to them.

NET Bible
Joshua made a peace treaty with them and agreed to let them live. The leaders of the community sealed it with an oath.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Joshua made peace with them by making a treaty which allowed them to live. The leaders of the congregation swore to it with an oath.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; also the princes of the congregation swore unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live: and the leaders of the congregation swore to them.

American King James Version
And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swore to them.

American Standard Version
And Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Josue made peace with them, and entering into a league promised that they should not be slain: the princes also of the multitude swore to them.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the princes of the assembly swore unto them.

English Revised Version
And Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swore to them.

World English Bible
Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them, to let them live. The princes of the congregation swore to them.

Young's Literal Translation
and Joshua maketh with them peace, and maketh with them a covenant, to keep them alive; and swear to them do the princes of the company.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:14-21 The Israelites, having examined the provisions of the Gibeonites, hastily concluded that they confirmed their account. We make more haste than good speed, when we stay not to take God with us, and do not consult him by the word and prayer. The fraud was soon found out. A lying tongue is but for a moment. Had the oath been in itself unlawful, it would not have been binding; for no obligation can render it our duty to commit a sin. But it was not unlawful to spare the Canaanites who submitted, and left idolatry, desiring only that their lives might be spared. A citizen of Zion swears to his own hurt, and changes not, Ps 15:4. Joshua and the princes, when they found that they had been deceived, did not apply to Eleazar the high priest to be freed from their engagement, much less did they pretend that no faith is to be kept with those to whom they had sworn. Let this convince us how we ought to keep our promises, and make good our bargains; and what conscience we ought to make of our words.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - The princes of the congregation. Literally, the exalted ones, נְשִׂיאֵי of the congregation, "Die obersten der gemeine" (Luther); that is, the heads of the various tribes (see Numbers 1:44; and note on Joshua 7:14).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And Joshua made peace with them,.... Upon the report the princes made of having examined what they had said, and which they found to be true, particularly concerning their victuals:

and made a league with them, to let them live; and not destroy them as he did the Canaanites, and was ordered to do; they being supposed not to belong to them by the representation of things they had made:

and the princes of the congregation sware unto them; that they would keep the league and covenant they had made with them inviolable; they ratified it by an oath, which was a sacred solemn thing.



Joshua 9:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Deceit of the Gibeonites
14So the men of Israel took some of their provisions, and did not ask for the counsel of the LORD. 15Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live; and the leaders of the congregation swore an oath to them. 16It came about at the end of three days after they had made a covenant with them, that they heard that they were neighbors and that they were living within their land.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:32
Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods.

Joshua 9:16
Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.

Joshua 10:1
Now Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and totally destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the people of Gibeon had made a treaty of peace with Israel and had become their allies.

Joshua 10:4
"Come up and help me attack Gibeon," he said, "because it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites."

2 Samuel 21:2
The king summoned the Gibeonites and spoke to them. (Now the Gibeonites were not a part of Israel but were survivors of the Amorites; the Israelites had sworn to spare them, but Saul in his zeal for Israel and Judah had tried to annihilate them.)
Treasury of Scripture

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