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Chapter 9

Unmerited Success. Hear, O Israel! You are now about to cross the Jordan to enter in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than yourselves, having large cities fortified to the heavens,(A) the Anakim, a people great and tall.(B) You yourselves know of them and have heard it said of them, “Who can stand up against the Anakim?” Know, then, today that it is the Lord, your God, who will cross over before you as a consuming fire; he it is who will destroy them and subdue them before you, so that you can dispossess and remove them quickly, as the Lord promised you.(C)

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27 I will have the terror of me precede you, so that I will throw into panic every nation you reach.(A) I will make all your enemies turn from you in flight, 28 and ahead of you I will send hornets[a] to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way.

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  1. 23:28 Hornets: the Hebrew sir’ah is a disputed term, but according to ancient interpreters it refers to hornets that were unleashed against the enemy to sting them and cause panic (cf. Dt 7:20; Jos 24:12; Wis 12:8). Others associate the word with plagues or troublesome afflictions.

I will establish peace in the land, and you will lie down to rest with no one to cause you anxiety. I will rid the country of ravenous beasts, and no sword shall sweep across your land. You will rout your enemies, and they shall fall before your sword. Five of you will put a hundred of your foes to flight, and a hundred of you will put to flight ten thousand, till your enemies fall before your sword.(A)

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