English Standard Version
So the LORD left those nations, not driving them out quickly, and he did not give them into the hand of Joshua.
King James Bible
Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.
American Standard Version
So Jehovah left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.
The Lord therefore left all these nations, and would not quickly destroy them, neither did he deliver them into the hands of Josue.
English Revised Version
So the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.
Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out speedily, neither did he deliver them into the hand of Joshua.
Judges 2:23 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
But the Lord did not rest content with this. He did still more. "He raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of their plunderers," to excite them to love in return by this manifestation of His love and mercy, and to induce them to repent. But "they did not hearken even to their judges," namely, so as not to fall back again into idolatry, which the judge had endeavoured to suppress. This limitation of the words is supported by the context, viz., by a comparison of Judges 2:18, Judges 2:19. - "But (כּי after a negative clause) they went a whoring after other gods (for the application of this expression to the spiritual adultery of idolatrous worship, see Exodus 34:15), and turned quickly away (vid., Exodus 32:8) from the way which their fathers walked in, to hearken to the commandments of the Lord," i.e., from the way of obedience to the divine commands. "They did not so" (or what was right) sc., as their fathers under Joshua had done (cf. Judges 2:7).
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left or suffered
in order to test Israel by them, whether they will take care to walk in the way of the LORD as their fathers did, or not."
Now these are the nations that the LORD left, to test Israel by them, that is, all in Israel who had not experienced all the wars in Canaan.
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