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1-3 Here is a list of the nations the Lord left in the land to test the new generation of Israel who had not experienced the wars of Canaan. For God wanted to give opportunity to the youth of Israel to exercise faith and obedience[a] in conquering their enemies:* the Philistines (five cities), the Canaanites, the Sidonians, the Hivites living in Mount Lebanon, from Baal-hermon to the entrance of Hamath.

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  1. Judges 3:1 youth of Israel to exercise faith and obedience, implied in 2:22 and 3:4. in conquering their enemies, literally, “that . . . the people might know war.”

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