Cities and Suburbs

Joshua 19:10-16 gives the border of the land that Zebulun inherited. Something that caught my eye was this, “Included were Kattath, Nahallal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem: twelve cities with their villages. This was the inheritance of the children of Zebulun according to their families, these cities with their villages” (Joshua 19:15-16).
Look at a map of the land Israel inherited and it is very small in comparison to other nations, yet, many cities dotted the land, and many of those cities had villages. To me, it looks like cities and their suburbs. In other words, many people inhabited the land of Canaan before Israel’s arrival.
While the Canaanites had sinned greatly, so that the Lord decided to remove them from the land, yet, see a land well-developed. Do not see cavemen. They were sophisticated. However, that large sophisticated population that included giants, did not stop the Lord from removing them.
Only righteousness preserves a nation (Proverbs 14.34).

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