New International Version
(he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience):
King James Bible
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;
Darby Bible Translation
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know war by learning it, at the least those who before had known nothing thereof:
World English Bible
only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing of it:
Young's Literal Translation
(only for the sake of the generations of the sons of Israel's knowing, to teach them war, only those who formerly have not known them) --
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That - Israel might know, to teach them war - This was another reason why the Canaanites were left in the land, that the Israelites might not forget military discipline, but habituate themselves to the use of arms, that they might always be able to defend themselves against their foes. Had they been faithful to God, they would have had no need of learning the art of war; but now arms became a sort of necessary substitute for that spiritual strength which had departed from them. Thus Gods in his judgments leaves one iniquitous nation to harass and torment another. Were all to turn to God, men need learn war no more.
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to teach. Their fathers fought by a divine power. God taught their hands to war and their fingers to flight, that they might be the instruments of destruction to the wicked nations on whom the curse rested; but now that they had forfeited His favour, they must learn what it is to fight like other men.
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These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan
the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo Hamath.
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