I will send the hornet1 ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites2 out of your way.
But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals3 too numerous for you.
Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession4 of the land.
"I will establish your borders from the Red Seaa to the Sea of the Philistines,b and from the desert to the River.c5 I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out6 before you.
Do not make a covenant7 with them or with their gods.
Do not let them live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare8 to you."