New Defender's Study Bible Notes
9:5 clouted. That is, “patched up.”
9:6 from a far country. The Gibeonites apparently knew that the Israelites were commissioned by God to destroy all the inhabitants of Canaan, but were permitted to make treaties of peace with more distant tribes (see Deuteronomy 20:10-18).
9:18 sworn unto them. Even though the Gibeonites had deceived them, the Israelites felt bound by their oath, sworn in the name of the Lord God of Israel (see Leviticus 19:12).