“We have come from a distant country, so now make a covenant with us” (v6). The Gibeonites (inhabitants of Canaan) were terrified of being conquered by the Israelites, so they sent a delegation asking for a peace treaty. Cleverly, they pretended to be from “a distant country,” knowing that the Israelites couldn’t make alliances with near neighbors. Israel’s leaders fell for the deception because “they did not ask counsel from the Lord” (v14).
“Come now, make a covenant with us” (v11). Every day we are faced with important decisions, crises, and potential commitments; rather than rely ourselves, God’s wisdom is available when we ask for it (James 1:5).