The 7 Nations of Canaan (Clickable Map)

"Seven Nations Greater and Mightier Than You"

Deuteronomy 7:1-6 - "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; neither shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to his son, nor shall you take his daughter for your son. For he will turn away your son from following me, that they may serve other gods. So The LORD's anger would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. But you shall deal with them like this. You shall break down their altars, dash their pillars in pieces, and cut down their Asherah poles, and burn their engraved images with fire. For you are a holy people to the LORD your God. the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples who are on the face of the earth."

Joshua was a great leader both militarily and spiritually, and under his leadership the Israelites conquered the land of Canaan and settled there. The Bible says that the people of Israel were given an inheritance within the land of Canaan, and their inheritance was chosen by lot (Joshua 14:1, 2). There was actually much more of the land within that inheritance that was not possessed by the Israelites, and Joshua the great leader had died. In fact there were certain places within the inheritance that were never accomplished in this time period. The people of the land in certain areas were able to fight off the Israelites, even though God had given them the victory. God had promised them the territory of the Philistines with each of their five main cities, as well as the whole "land of the Canaanites" which was referring to the coastal plain from Gezer in the south to the Valley of Accho in the north, as well as the Valley of Jezreel. There were even territories listed way in the north like the areas of Phoenicia, and certain parts of the land of the Amorites, which covered the area from the mountains of Lebanon to the Phoenician coast line. They were still other areas on the other side of the Lebanon Mountains from the southern portions of Mount Hermon down to Hamath in Syria.

The Places mentioned in the Old Testament are not always easy to determine, since their boundaries and names have changed throughout different periods of history. This map shows some of the significant lands, nations, cities, regions, and provinces that existed in Old Testament times. Their Biblical names and locations are listed here along with a broad description of some of the information mentioned in the Bible and history.

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GLOSSARY - Map of the 7 Nations of Canaan

GLOSSARY - Map of the 7 Nations of Canaan

Hittites

The Hittites in the Land of Canaan. Hittite is pronounced HIT'TITE and means "who is broken". The Hittites were Descendants of Heth, the second son of Canaan, Gen. 10:15; They dwelt in and around Hebron, Gen. 15:20; 23:3, and though they were subdued they were not completely exterminated by the Israelites, Josh. 3:10; 2 Sam. 11:3.

Bible Verses

Genesis 10:15; Genesis 15:20; Genesis 23:3-13; Genesis 26:34-35; Joshua 3:10; 2Samuel 11:3; Ezra 9:1-2

Genesis 10:15

  • 15. And Canaan became the father of Sidon, his first-born, and Heth

Genesis 15:20

  • 20. and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim

Genesis 23:3-13

  • 3. Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the sons of Heth, saying,
  • 4. "I am a stranger and a sojourner among you; give me a burial site among you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight."
  • 5. And the sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him,
  • 6. "Hear us, my lord, you are a mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our graves; none of us will refuse you his grave for burying your dead."
  • 7. So Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth.
  • 8. And he spoke with them, saying, "If it is your wish [for me] to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and approach Ephron the son of Zohar for me,
  • 9. that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he owns, which is at the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in your presence for a burial site."
  • 10. Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth; [even] of all who went in at the gate of his city, saying,
  • 11. "No, my lord, hear me; I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you; bury your dead."
  • 12. And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.
  • 13. And he spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, "If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept [it] from me, that I may bury my dead there."

Genesis 26:34-35

  • 34. And when Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite;
  • 35. and they brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

Joshua 3:10

  • 10. And Joshua said, "By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will assuredly dispossess from before you the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Hivite, the Perizzite, the Girgashite, the Amorite, and the Jebusite.

2Samuel 11:3

  • 3. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"

Ezra 9:1-2

  • 1. Now when these things had been completed, the princes approached me, saying, "The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, according to their abominations, [those] of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
  • 2. "For they have taken some of their daughters [as wives] for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race has intermingled with the peoples of the lands; indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness."

Hivites

The Hivites in the Land of Canaan

Canaanites

The Canaanites in the Land of Canaan

Amorites

The Amorites in the Land of Canaan

Perizzites

The Perizzites in the Land of Canaan

Jebusites

The Jebusites in the Land of Canaan

Girgashites

The Girgashites in the Land of Canaan

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