13 But the Israelites did not drive out the people of Geshur and Maakah, so they continue to live among the Israelites to this day.
ESV - 13 Yet the people of Israel did not drive out the Geshurites or the Maacathites, but Geshur and Maacath dwell in the midst of Israel to this day.
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The failure of Israel to drive out all the nations living in Canaan was apparently a conscious, willful, and disobedient decision on their part. This is reflected in Judges 2:1-6, where a being identified as "the angel of the LORD" (interpreted by some commentators to be the pre-incarnate Christ) appeared to Israel and said, "I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you into the land which I swore to give to your fathers. I said, 'I will never break my covenant with you, and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars.' But you have not obeyed my command. What is this that you have done? So now I say, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall become adversaries to you, and their gods shall be a snare to you."
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