Judges 2:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 2:23, NIV: The LORD had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.

Judges 2:23, ESV: So the LORD left those nations, not driving them out quickly, and he did not give them into the hand of Joshua.

Judges 2:23, KJV: Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.

Judges 2:23, NASB: So the LORD allowed those nations to remain, not driving them out quickly; and He did not hand them over to Joshua.

Judges 2:23, NLT: That is why the LORD left those nations in place. He did not quickly drive them out or allow Joshua to conquer them all.

Judges 2:23, CSB: The Lord left these nations and did not drive them out immediately. He did not hand them over to Joshua.

What does Judges 2:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse offers a partial explanation for why Joshua did not complete a conquest of the entire Promised Land (Joshua 1:4) prior to his death. Even though Joshua was faithful to the Lord, and the Lord's hand was with Joshua, the people of Israel were not so loyal. Thanks to Israel's complacency and disobedience (Deuteronomy 20:16–18), God allowed some of Israel's enemies to survive. These foes rose against Israel later, as God's chosen people rebelled against their Lord.

In this way, the Lord will use these enemies to test His people—in truth, to prove beyond all doubt—whether they would begin to obey Him again when they were under duress.