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Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

9:5 the wickedness of these nations. The Canaanite nations that had inhabited the land for many centuries were indeed paragons of wickedness, not only pagan idolaters, but practitioners of every form of sexual debauchery, as well as extreme cruelties, even offering their own children in fiery sacrifices to their demonic nature gods (Deuteronomy 12:31). God had given them many centuries in which to repent and turn back to God (note Genesis 15:16), but they had only grown worse, and the only remedy was destruction before they could contaminate the world.

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