That was a good war plan, Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Napoleon, or any of them ain’t got nothing on You.
All the kings, the Hittite, Amorite, Canaanite, Perizzite, and the Jebusite, gathered together to fight Joshua. But the Gibeons were smart, they knew that You were with Joshua and they couldn’t beat You:
“And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai.
They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up;
And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and moldy.
And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us.
And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you?
And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? And from whence come ye?
And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the LORD thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt,
And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth.
Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us.
This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is moldy.
And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.
And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD.
And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation swear unto them.
And it came to pass at the end of three days after they had made a league with them, that they heard that they were their neighbors, and that they dwelt among them.
And the children of Israel journeyed, and came unto their cities on the third day. Now their cities were Gibeon, and Chephirah, and Beeroth, and Kirjath-jearim.
And the children of Israel smote them not, because the princes of the congregation had sworn unto them by the LORD God of Israel. And all the congregation murmured against the princes “(Josh 9:3-18).
Because they had promised not to kill them they couldn’t, so they turned them into slaves. Tricked and lied to didn’t matter, Joshua made a promise and God does not like liars.
Later, Adoni-zedek, the king of Jerusalem, heard what Joshua had utterly destroyed Ai and Jericho and he too was scared.
The men of Gibeon went to Joshua because the kings of the Amorites were coming to destroy them, so he took it to God.
“And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee” (Josh 10:8).
And the Israelites slaughtered most of them. The ones that got away managed to get as far as Beth-horon. God then threw down great stones from heaven and they all died; more died from the hailstones than from the children of Israel’s sword.
“Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel” (Josh 10:12-14).
Joshua returned to Gilgal and the five kings mentioned above hid in a cave at Makkedah. Joshua then had his men roll big stone upon the mouth of the cave.
They then went and killed all the kings’ men. After the slaughter they returned and Joshua called his men to the cave.
“And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them.
And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.
And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening” (Josh 10:24-26).
Joshua next fought against Libnah, then he went and defeated Lachish, as well as Horam king of Geser that came to help Lachish. They then took Eglon, Hebron, and Dibir.
Because God fought for him he utterly destroyed every kingdom from Kadesh-barnea to Gaza and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon, and then returned to Gilgal.
Many people say that since God is a loving God He won’t put anyone in Hell, these people obviously have not read the Bible.
The are correct that He is a loving God, but He doesn’t love evil and He will destroy it, as well as anything or anyone involved with it.
Gibeon is located at the modern village of el-Jib, 6 miles (9.6 km) northwest of Jerusalem.
Pottery and two Egyptian scarabs (stone beetles used as talismans, ornaments or symbols of resurrection) indicate occupation at the time of the conquest, but no architecture from that period has yet been unearthed.
Only a small fraction of the site has been excavated, however, so there is much more to investigate.
Gibeon was “an important city, like one of the royal cities”. It ruled a small league of cities that included Kephi-rah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim.
When the Gibeonites arrived at Gilgal, 16 miles (nearly 26 km) to the east, they deceived the Israelites by noting the condition of their wineskins:
These wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are (Josh 9:13).
In the divided monarchy period wine-making was a major industry in Gibeon.
The people used both wineskins and jars as containers for wine.
The handles of the jars in which the wine was exported were inscribed with the name of the city, along with that of the vintner.
Some 31 jar handles have been discovered here inscribed with the name “Gibeon,” making identification of the site a certainty — a welcome rarity in the archaeology of Palestine.
When Joshua discovered the Gibeonites’ deception, he consigned them to servitude as “woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God”.
The most conspicuous feature of Gibeon is in fact its abundant water supply: one major and seven minor springs.
The “pool of Gibeon” is mentioned in 2 Sam 2:13 and the “great pool in Gibeon” in Jer 41:12.