New International Version
But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you.
King James Bible
I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.
Darby Bible Translation
I will not drive them out from before thee in one year: lest the land become desolate, and the beast of the field multiply against thee.
World English Bible
I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate, and the animals of the field multiply against you.
Young's Literal Translation
I cast them not out from before thee in one year, lest the land be a desolation, and the beast of the field hath multiplied against thee;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I will send hornets before thee - הצרעה hatstsirah. The root is not found in Hebrew, but it may be the same with the Arabic saraa, to lay prostrate, to strike down; the hornet, probably so called from the destruction occasioned by the violence of its sting. The hornet, in natural history, belongs to the species crabro, of the genus vespa or wasp; it is a most voracious insect, and is exceedingly strong for its size, which is generally an inch in length, though I have seen some an inch and a half long, and so strong that, having caught one in a small pair of forceps, it repeatedly escaped by using violent contortions, so that at last I was obliged to abandon all hopes of securing it alive, which I wished to have done. How distressing and destructive a multitude of these might be, any person may conjecture; even the bees of one hive would be sufficient to sting a thousand men to madness, but how much worse must wasps and hornets be! No armor, no weapons, could avail against these. A few thousands of them would be quite sufficient to throw the best disciplined army into confusion and rout. From Joshua 24:12, we find that two kings of the Amorites were actually driven out of the land by these hornets, so that the Israelites were not obliged to use either sword or bow in the conquest.
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'And the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labours, which them hast sown In thy field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.' --EXODUS xxiii. 16. The Israelites seem to have had a double beginning of the year--one in spring, one at the close of harvest; or it may only be that here the year is regarded from the natural point of view--a farmer's year. This feast was at the gathering in of the fruits, which was …
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The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.
Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.
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