Verse 26: And so did he unto them, and delivered them out of the hand of the children of Israel, that they slew them not.
[He did…as he had said, וַיַּ֥עַשׂ—כֵּ֑ן] And he did so (Montanus, Munster, Pagnine, Tigurinus, Masius, Vatablus), namely, as it was said (Vatablus, Masius). It is also able thus to be translated, He did that which is right, honest, and founded upon equity itself: For they had admitted sin, as it was said, if they had destroyed the Gibeonites (Masius).
And so did he unto them: So as was said verse 23, and so as here follows.
Verse 27: And Joshua (1 Chron. 9:2; Ezra 8:20) made them (Heb. gave, or, delivered them to be) that day (Josh. 9:21, 23) hewers of wood and drawers of water for the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD, even unto this day, (Deut. 12:5) in the place which he should choose.
[And he decreed, etc., וַיִּתְּנֵם] And he set them (Septuagint, Arabic, Munster, Tigurinus, Pagnine, Junius and Tremellius, Drusius, Vatablus, Masius). He made them, I say (Syriac). He gave them (Montanus, Vatablus, Drusius). Perhaps hence they were called Nethinims, that is, נְתִינִים, because, have been given, that is, set or constituted, they were wood-gatherers, etc. (Drusius out of Masius). You will say, the Nethinims were first founded by David, according to Ezra 8:20. Responses: 1. That happens, because he was the author of that new appellation (Rabbi Salomon in Masius). Or, 2. because David had prescribed a great many of the courses of all ther servants and offices, according to 1 Chronicles 23 (Masius).
[On that day] Or, from that day he made them, etc. (Vatablus).
For the congregation, and for the altar of the LORD: By which it appears that they were not only to do this service in God’s house, but upon all other occasions, as the congregation needed or required their help.
[In the place which the Lord had chosen (similarly Munster, Pagnine, Tigurinus, Drusius)] That is, in which He would desire to be worshipped, and to have the Tabernacle or Temple established (Bonfrerius out of Lapide). In Gilgal, in Shiloh, etc. (Drusius, similarly Masius).
 Hebrew: וַיַּ֥עַשׂ לָהֶ֖ם כֵּ֑ן וַיַּצֵּ֥ל אוֹתָ֛ם מִיַּ֥ד בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל וְלֹ֥א הֲרָגֽוּם׃
 Hebrew: וַיִּתְּנֵ֙ם יְהוֹשֻׁ֜עַ בַּיּ֣וֹם הַה֗וּא חֹטְבֵ֥י עֵצִ֛ים וְשֹׁ֥אֲבֵי מַ֖יִם לָֽעֵדָ֑ה וּלְמִזְבַּ֤ח יְהוָה֙ עַד־הַיּ֣וֹם הַזֶּ֔ה אֶל־הַמָּק֖וֹם אֲשֶׁ֥ר יִבְחָֽר׃
 Hebrew: וַיִּתְּנֵם.
 From the verbal root נָתַן, to give.
 See Joshua 18:1.