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.
An oath is never to be lightly treated, nor a promise either, indeed the Christian man’s word is his bond, and is everyway as binding as an oath.
The poor Gibeonites were glad to escape even on these terms. If the Lord Jesus will but spare us, we also shall be only too glad to hew wood or draw water for him, and for his people.
The passage shews us that the desire of self-preservation makes men use their wits, and it leads us to wonder how it is that so few persons appear to use common judgment and ordinary care as to the salvation of their souls.