New International Version
These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan
King James Bible
Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
Darby Bible Translation
And these are the nations that Jehovah left, to prove Israel by them, all that had not known all the wars of Canaan;
World English Bible
Now these are the nations which Yahweh left, to prove Israel by them, even as many [of Israel] as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
Young's Literal Translation
And these are the nations which Jehovah left, to try Israel by them, all who have not known all the wars of Canaan;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Now these are the nations - The nations left to prove the Israelites were the five lordships or satrapies of the Philistines, viz., Gath, Askelon, Ashdod, Ekron, and Gaza; the Sidonians, the Hivites of Lebanon, Baal-hermon, etc.; with the remains of the Canaanites, viz., the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, and Jebusites. Those who were left to be proved were those Israelites that had not seen all the wars of Canaan.
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Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the LORD issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.
After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, "Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?"
I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.
I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the LORD and walk in it as their ancestors did."
The LORD had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.
(he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience):
1 Kings 9:21
Solomon conscripted the descendants of all these peoples remaining in the land--whom the Israelites could not exterminate --to serve as slave labor, as it is to this day.
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