There is little known about the Girgashites. They are supposed to have dwelt near the Sea of Chinneroth (Galilee).
The Girgashites descended
from Canaan, the fourth son of Ham, the son of Noah. The name of Canaan's
fourth son was Gergesus, according to Josephus.
Canaan was cursed by Noah, and this curse passed onto his sons.
Moses gave the command that the
Girgashites were to be utterly destroyed.
Deuteronomy 7:1-2 -
When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you go to possess it, and
casts out many nations before you, the Hittite, the
Girgashite, the Amorite, the
Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater
and mightier than you; and when the LORD your God delivers them up before you,
and you strike them; then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no
covenant with them, nor show mercy to them;
The Girgashites were one of the
seven nations that God commanded to utterly destroy. They were indeed driven out
by the conquering Israelites, and not much is known about them.
The religion of the ancient Canaanites was
idolatrous. They made their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to
Moloch, and they worshipped Baal and Ashtaroth, which included temple
Deuteronomy 7:1 - When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land
whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee,
the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the
Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven
nations greater and mightier than thou;
Nehemiah 9:8 - And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a
covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the
Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites,
to give [it, I say], to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou [art]
Joshua 24:11 - And ye went over Jordan, and came unto Jericho: and the men
of Jericho fought against you, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the
Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Girgashites, the Hivites,
and the Jebusites; and I delivered them into your hand.
Joshua 3:10 - And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God [is]
among you, and [that] he will without fail drive out from before you the
Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites,
and the Amorites, and the Jebusites.
Genesis 15:21 - And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites,
and the Jebusites.
Map of the 7 Nations of Ancient Canaan
"Seven nations greater and mightier than you" Deuteronomy 7:1
The 7 Nations of Canaan
Smith's Bible Dictionary
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The Seven Nations of Canaan - Devotional
Relief of an Ancient Canaanite
Table of Nations in
Early Inhabitants and Giants in Canaan
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