The stronghold of the jebusites was one of the last of the Canaanitish cities to surrender to the Israelites.
After the downfall of the Egyptian Empire, a native tribe, the jebusites, had moved into the deserted city.
From this mountain fortress, the jebusites ruled the entire surrounding territory, and felt themselves secure from all intruders.
And David said, "Whosoever smiteth the jebusites first shall be chief and captain."
Owing to the scanty materials that have come down to us, we cannot add anything more about the city of the jebusites.
Thus the city of the jebusites, situated on the eastern hill, which was called Zion, became the city of David.
But they will not have to be turned out like the Hittites and Amorites and jebusites by our ancestors.
What is here termed a wall, was a Comah, or high place, which had been of old erected to the sun by the jebusites.
As soon as the jebusites found all opposition114 useless they sued for peace, which was granted them by David.
On his extreme north, but within the tribe of Benjamin, was the great fortress of the jebusites.
the name of the original inhabitants of Jebus, mentioned frequently among the seven nations doomed to destruction (Gen. 10:16; 15:21; Ex. 3:8, 17; 13:5, etc.). At the time of the arrival of the Israelites in Palestine they were ruled by Adonizedek (Josh. 10:1, 23). They were defeated by Joshua, and their king was slain; but they were not entirely driven out of Jebus till the time of David, who made it the capital of his kingdom instead of Hebron. The site on which the temple was afterwards built belonged to Araunah, a Jebusite, from whom it was purchased by David, who refused to accept it as a free gift (2 Sam. 24:16-25; 1 Chr. 21:24, 25).