Genesis 10:17; Genesis 34:2; Joshua 9:3,7; Judges 3:3,5-6; 1 Kings 9:20
One of the races found early in Palestine: they were descendants of Ham through Canaan (Gen. 10:1717And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, (Genesis 10:17)). Jacob, on his return to Palestine, found Shechem occupied by the Hivites (Gen. 34:22And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. (Genesis 34:2)). They also possessed Gibeon, and found means to deceive Joshua into making a league with them (Jos. 9:3, 73And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, (Joshua 9:3)
7And the men of Israel said unto the Hivites, Peradventure ye dwell among us; and how shall we make a league with you? (Joshua 9:7)
). They seemed to be more a commercial than a warlike people. We also find the Hivites in the north in mount Lebanon, and Israel was beguiled into making marriage contracts with them (Judg. 3:3,5-63Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the entering in of Hamath. (Judges 3:3)
5And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: 6And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods. (Judges 3:5‑6)
). In the days of Solomon they were still in the land, and were made tributary to Israel (1 Kings 9:2020And all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which were not of the children of Israel, (1 Kings 9:20)). Israel suffered through not carrying out the directions of God to cast out these and other inhabitants of the land. They were by them led into idolatry.