The Jebusites and Jerusalem 

Old Testament: Jos 15.63

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 14–15 on March 25, In the year of our Lord Christ 2023

By Don Ruhl 

The tribe of Judah failed to drive out all the former inhabitants of the land just as some of the other tribes had also failed to do: 

As for the Jebusites, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem to this day.

– Joshua 15.63 

It would take a man like David to finally drive the Jebusites out of Jerusalem, and then the city totally became the property of Israel, but that did not happen for several centuries.


  • Who previously dwelt in Jerusalem? 
  • Could Israel have driven out all the peoples of the land? 

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