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An ancient village of Palestine near Jerusalem. In the Bible, its inhabitants were condemned by Joshua to serve as manual laborers for the Israelites.

Gib′e·o·nite′ n.
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(Placename) an ancient town of Palestine: the excavated site thought to be its remains lies about 9 kilometres (6 miles) northwest of Jerusalem
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(ˈgɪb i ən)

a town in ancient Palestine, NW of Jerusalem. Josh. 9:3.
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This was the plain of which Joshua spoke when he said, "Sun, stand thou still on Gibeon, and thou moon in the valley of Ajalon." As we drew near to Jaffa, the boys spurred up the horses and indulged in the excitement of an actual race-- an experience we had hardly had since we raced on donkeys in the Azores islands.
Joshua made the sun stand still upon Gibeon, but you would outdo Joshua.
The Garden of Eden, the sun standing still in Gibeon, is poetry thenceforward to all nations.
Three men aged between 50 and 70 were on Friday arrested for hunting without a permit at farm Nooitgedacht near Kriess in the Gibeon Constituency on Thursday.
In one battle where Joshua was helping the Gibeonites (an ally) fight the forces of the kings of the Amorites, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: "O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon." (Joshua 10:12) "So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies as it is written in the book of Jashar.
Also, God showed up (not only because of what he gave) at 'Gibeon' overnight, imparting wisdom into the heart of Solomon, because an access-point had been created in the spirit at Gibeon.
The Witbooi had already moved from South Africa to Namibia, settling in 1863 in an area that took the biblical name of Gibeon, and it seems that this early settlement had already been understood in the 1860s as part of an ongoing exodus journey.
(5) "Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
The text in Joshua 10:13 which speaks of the time when he led the people of Israel into Canaan - the region covering present-day Israel and Palestinian territories - says: "Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.
It records that after Joshua led the people of Israel into Canaan - a region of the ancient Near East that covered modern-day Israel and Palestine - he prayed: "Sun, stand still at Gibeon, and Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.
On the death of Samuel it was destroyed, whereupon they came and built a sanctuary at Gibeon. From Gibeon they came to the Temple in Jerusalem.