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37. The Covenant of Gibeon (2 Samuel 21:1-14)

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The Book of Samuel (part thirty-seven)

At some point during King David’s reign, Israel experienced a three-year famine. David investigated why God was withholding rain and learned that it was the result of a broken covenant between the Israelites and the Gibeonites a generation earlier. The covenant that was broken was ancient. It was also struck under terms of deception. Nevertheless, Israel violated it. Restitution was required, and the cost for breaking a covenant—even an ancient one entered by means of deceit—is steep. Promises are important and the consequences for breaking them are real.

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