21 Therefore will I no more cast out before them any of the [a]nations, which Joshua left when he died,

22 That through them I may [b]prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the Lord, to walk therein, as their fathers kept it, or not.

23 So the Lord left those nations, and drove them not out immediately, neither delivered them into the hand of Joshua.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 2:21 As the Hivites, Jebusites, Amorites, etc.
  2. Judges 2:22 So that both outward enemies and false prophets are but a trial to prove our faith, Deut. 13:3 and Judg. 3:1.