S (in Heb. ‘the Girgashite
,’ and rightly so rendered in RV [Note: Revised Version. ] ], Joshua 3:10 ; Jos 24:11 , 1 Chronicles 1:14 , Nehemiah 9:8 ), affords no indication of their position, or to what branch of the Canaanites they belonged, except in two instances, namely, Genesis 10:16 , where the ‘Girgashite
’ is given as the name of the fifth son of Canaan; and Joshua 24:11 , where the Girgashite
s would seem to have inhabited the tract on the west of Jordan, the Israelites having been obliged to cross over that river in order to fight the men of Jericho, among whom were the Girgashite
- ), comprising six chief tribes, the Hittites, Hivites, Amorites, Jebusites, Perizzites, and Girgashite
s; to which the Canaanites (in the narrow sense) being added make up the mystic number seven. In consequence, the Girgashite
s, fearing the power of God, fled away into Africa; the Gibeonites entered into league, and continued inhabitants of Israel; the 31 kings made war and fell. ...
It is an undesigned coincidence that the Girgashite
s are never named (except in Joshua 24:11, the recapitulation) as having fought against Israel in the detailed account of the wars. They are enumerated in Joshua 24:11 in the general list, probably as having been originally arrayed against Israel (and some may have in the beginning joined those who actually "fought"), but they withdrew early from the conflict; hence elsewhere always the expression is "the Lord cast out the Girgashite
," "He will drive out the Girgashite
" (Deuteronomy 7:1; Joshua 3:10; compare Genesis 15:21; Nehemiah 9:8). ...
God's promise to Abraham was, "Unto thy seed have I given this land from the river of Egypt unto the great river the river Euphrates, the Kenites, the Kenezites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaims, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashite
s, and the Jebusites" (Genesis 15:18-21)
- The mystical interpretation here tells us that pride was the sin of the Amorite, and envy the sin of the Hittite, and wrath of the Perizzite, and gluttony and lechery of the Girgashite
and the Hivite, while covetousness and sloth were the corruptions of the Canaanite and the Jebusite