They were one of the seven nations of Canaan and were governed by many independent kings (Josh. 5:1; Josh. 9:10). They originally inhabited a mountain district in the south (Num. 13:29), but later acquired an extensive tract from Moab, east of Jordan (Num. 21 -26, 30). They had many strong cities (Num. 32:17, 33). They were profane, wicked and idolatrous (Gen. 15:16; Josh. 24:15). They interfered with Israel (Num. 21:2i) at times, again were peaceful, but were finally brought into bondage by Solomon (I Kin. 9:20-21).