Why is Bible engagement down in the digital age? Bible Gateway's Rachel Barach shares some insight.
24:12 hornet. This is possibly a metaphor for sudden panic (2:9; 5:1; Ex. 23:28; Deut. 7:20).
not by your sword. The Israelites received the land as a gift that must not be understood as based on their own achievement (1:2 note; cf. Eph. 2:8).