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JUDGES 1-THE CANAANITES REMAIN
27 | Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
28 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.
29 [Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
30 | Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.
31 | Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:
32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.
33 | Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Bethshemesh, nor the inhabitants of Beth-anath; but he dwelt among
the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and of Beth-anath became tributaries unto them.
34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:
35 But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries.
36 And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.
14 God's anger
1 An angel rehuketh the people at Bochim. 6 The wickedness of the new generation after Joshua. and pity towards them.
20 The Canaanites are left to prove Israel.
ŞND an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim,
and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought
you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?
3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.
4 And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up
their voice, and wept.
The Stone of Witness
“And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us.”—Jos., 24, 27.
ND the people served the Lord all the days of
very old and saw deep into the hearts of men, he knew that already the influence of the Faith was fading. Just before his death he sought to do as Moses had done, force home upon the people one last vivid reminder of their covenant with the Lord. For this purpose, he called a meeting of all the nation in the valley of Shechem, at the foot of Mt. Ebal, where in their former great ceremonial they had consecrated themselves and the land to God.
Here the outworn old man recovered his former fire and in a passionate final speech recalled to the people all God had done for them. Deeply touched, his hearers once more renewed their solemn promise to obey the Lord. Three separate times Joshua made them give assurance, “Nay but we will serve the Lord.” Moreover he bade set up a great stone “under an oak," as a perpetual witness of the pledge. Then the
weary “servant of God” felt that his work was done; and he died, “being an hundred and ten years old.” And Eleazar the high-priest, Aaron's son, died. And all those of that generation died. And a new generation sprang up which had not known Moses face to face, nor watched the holding back of Jordan while the people crossed.