Why did God ask the Israelites to completely wipe out other nations within the borders of the Promised land?

Why were nations farther away given the offer of peace, whereas nations within the borders of the Promised Land were to be wiped out?

Deuteronomy 20:1 - 20

NKJV - 1 When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. 2 So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people.

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Mini Patricia Robinson

Notice Yahveh did not tell them to wipe out ALL the nations in Cannan. He specifically told them "Many", and which ones.

I think that is a major problem for us to this day, not following Yahveh instructions, correctly.

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