1. Exposition

How does God’s promise in this verse play out in the book?

Judges 2:21 (ESV)

21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died,

His decision to withhold his involvement in Israel’s holy war against the Canaanites is confirmed throughout the book. Not one of the conflicts, not even the one with the Canaanite king (Jabin of Hazor, Judges 4:1–5:31), involved the conquest of new territory.