1. Joshua 9:6 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why did the Gibeonites want to make a covenant?

Joshua 9:6 (ESV)

6 And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and to the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant country, so now make a covenant with us.”

The Gibeonites hoped to deceive Israel into making a treaty. They wanted a treaty in order to prevent themselves from being destroyed by Israel (Joshua 9:3, Joshua 9:24).