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The incompleteness of the destruction of the Canaanites is also noted in Judges 1:30,33,35. Yet, Joshua 10:40 reports that Joshua had "utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded (Joshua 11:14,15). In the early part of his conquests, Joshua evidently swept rapidly through the southern cities, destroying everyone he encountered. Presumably there were many who escaped by hiding in the hills or elsewhere. Furthermore, the conquest of northern and western regions was never completed. So the remnants of the various Canaanite nations either retained or regained enough strength to cause great problems to Israel during the period of the judges.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8