1. Joshua 9:7 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why are the Gibeonites referred to as Hivites?

Joshua 9:7 (ESV)

7 But the men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you live among us; then how can we make a covenant with you?”

The Hivites were descendants of Canaan, the son of Ham and grandson of Noah (Genesis 19:17). They appear to be a people group that lived in the northern and central portions of Canaan. Thus, the Gibeonites were a subgroup of the larger Hivite population.