And I will send hornets
before thee, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite, from before thee. ... By little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.
Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places: ... And ye shall dispossess [the inhabitants
] of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it.
-3 And an angel
of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim
, and said, I made
you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought
you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never
break my covenant with you. ... Wherefore I also said
, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be [as thorns
] in your sides, and their gods
shall be a snare unto you.
Now these [are
] the nations which the LORD left, to prove
Israel by them, [even
] as many [of Israel
] as had not
known all the wars of Canaan; ... And they were to prove
Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.