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Judges 1:28

28 When Israel became strong, they pressed the Canaanites into forced labor but never drove them out completely.

Read Judges 1:28 Using Other Translations

And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.
When Israel grew strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but did not drive them out completely.
When the Israelites grew stronger, they forced the Canaanites to work as slaves, but they never did drive them completely out of the land.

What does Judges 1:28 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 1:28

And it came to pass, when Israel was strong
All the tribes of Israel were become numerous, and able to drive the Canaanites out of the land everywhere, and particularly were able to assist Manasseh in expelling the Canaanites out of the above places, yet they did not; but all they did was,

that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive
them out;
which flowed from covetousness, and a love of ease; they did not care to be at the trouble of expelling them, as they found it turned more to their account and present advantage to make them tributaries; and this was true of the Israelites in general, and of the half tribe of Manasseh in particular; which, as Abarbinel thinks, is here respected.

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