After destruction of Achan the conquest of Ai was readily accomplished, and then followed the singular event recorded in the following chapter.
Joshua 9:4, 5
clouted or patched
And these bottles of wine skin bottles
Their wish to be spared was natural, their submission to Israel was commendable, but their crafty deception was unjustifiable. When we yield ourselves to Jesus we have only to speak the truth, and there is no need for us to put on old and tattered clothing, for a sinner’s spiritual wardrobe contains nothing else.
Joshua 9:14, 15
Joshua thought the matter so clear that he had no need to seek divine direction. It is usually in such cases that we err.
Some probably because they wanted to take the spoil of the Gibeonites, and others because they conscientiously thought that they ought not to be spared.
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