But the men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you are living here among us. How then could we cut a covenant with you?” Bible see other translations

“living here among us.” That is, living in the land promised to Israel, even though it has not been conquered yet. The “us” in the Hebrew is literally “me,” singular, and thus the phrase is more literally, “Perhaps you are living within me.” In this case, Israel is a collective group and considered as one. Also, the Hebrew has the word “near” in the phrase “among us,” it is more literally, “near us,” but it has a much deeper meaning than just “near” in proximity.

“we cut.” The verb is singular, “I cut.” Israel is one nation and acting as one.

Commentary for: Joshua 9:7