28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you;(A) so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty(B) with you

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12 Be careful not to make a treaty(A) with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare(B) among you.

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and when the Lord your God has delivered(A) them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy(B) them totally.[a](C) Make no treaty(D) with them, and show them no mercy.(E)

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  1. Deuteronomy 7:2 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them; also in verse 26.
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The Israelites said to the Hivites,(A) “But perhaps you live near us, so how can we make a treaty(B) with you?”

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and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land,(A) but you shall break down their altars.(B)’ Yet you have disobeyed(C) me. Why have you done this?

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Saul Rescues the City of Jabesh

11 Nahash[a](A) the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh Gilead.(B) And all the men of Jabesh said to him, “Make a treaty(C) with us, and we will be subject to you.”

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  1. 1 Samuel 11:1 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls gifts. Now Nahash king of the Ammonites oppressed the Gadites and Reubenites severely. He gouged out all their right eyes and struck terror and dread in Israel. Not a man remained among the Israelites beyond the Jordan whose right eye was not gouged out by Nahash king of the Ammonites, except that seven thousand men fled from the Ammonites and entered Jabesh Gilead. About a month later, Nahash
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19 “Let there be a treaty(A) between me and you,” he said, “as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you a gift of silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me.”

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34 “I will return the cities(A) my father took from your father,” Ben-Hadad(B) offered. “You may set up your own market areas(C) in Damascus,(D) as my father did in Samaria.”

Ahab said, “On the basis of a treaty(E) I will set you free.” So he made a treaty with him, and let him go.

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13 Then he took a member of the royal family and made a treaty(A) with him, putting him under oath.(B) He also carried away the leading men(C) of the land,

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