villagers; dwellers in the open country, the Canaanitish nation inhabiting the fertile regions south and south-west of Carmel. "They were the graziers, farmers, and peasants of the time." They were to be driven out of the land by the descendants of Abraham (Gen. 15:20; Ex. 3:8, 17; 23:23; 33:2; 34:11). They are afterwards named among the conquered tribes (Josh. 24:11). Still lingering in the land, however, they were reduced to servitude by Solomon (1 Kings 9:20).
The peasantry or fellahin are the perizzites of the Hebrew Scriptures.
The perizzites, also, inhabited Palestine for a long period after the conquest.
They are thus synonymous with the perizzites, who take their place in Gen. xv.
The perizzites, "villagers" are always named in connection with the Canaanites.
Intermarriages made their position safer, and they intermarried with Amorites, Hivites, perizzites.