Joshua 9: Tricked by the Gibeonites

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 82

By the time of the events in Joshua 9, the Israelites’ fame was spreading through the land. One group of people, the Gibeonites, decided to trick the Israelites into making a peace treaty with them. Without asking the Lord for His approval, the Israelites made the treaty. They were angry when they found out the Gibeonites had tricked them, but they still honored the agreement. The people felt that honoring a promise was very important. The treaty incident taught the Israelites to counsel more with the Lord in their doings (see also Alma 37:37).