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Unable to Drive Out the Jebusites

As stated in the previous (history of Israel) post, the children of Judah were unable to fully drive out the Jebusites, who dwelt among them. Also, the children of Ephraim were unable to fully drive out the Canaanites who were in Gezer. The Canaanites remained among the Ephraimites during those days and times.

However, these nations were under tribute to Israel. The remainder of the land of the children of Israel were divided up. Joshua made his farewell speech and took his rest. He lived for 110 years.

After the death of Joshua, the Israelites petitioned the LORD for help to drive out the Canaanites. The tribe of Judah was chosen to first attempt to drive the Canaanites out of Jerusalem and other strongholds.

Unable to Drive Out the Jebusites

Judah partnered up with the tribe of Simeon to fight against and remove Canaan. They defeated ten thousand soldiers of Canaan and Periz in a town called Bezek. Bezek’s king was Adonibezek.

He had a custom where he would cut off the great thumbs and toes of kings he would conquer. He did this to seventy kings and made them sit under his table to eat food. Vicious! The children of Israel did the same thing to him after they caught him.

He accepted it as karma from God. The LORD helped the tribe of Judah to capture the towns, Gaza, Ashkelon, Ekron, and other nearby towns.


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