Bible study 209 – Joshua 23

Joshua is about to die, so he gathers the elders and assures them that God will drive out all the Canaanites from Canaan, as long as they worship only him.

The descriptions of how many Canaanites are still left, vary wildly in the book of Joshua. In chapters that are recaps of the holy war, God successfully vanquishes all resistance and kills every single Canaanite. But in chapters that deal with the Israelites’ relationship with God (receiving lands, acknowledging future worship), there are suddenly scores of Canaanites all over the land that they need God’s help in removing in the future.

Joshua 23:11
Be very careful, therefore, to love the Lord your God.

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