but you must completely destroy them: the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, as Yahweh your God has commanded you, Bible other translations

“completely destroy them.” The Canaanite nations had been genetically corrupted by Nephilim, and could not be godly or redeemed. They had to be destroyed. [For information on the Nephilim, see commentary on Genesis 6:2 and Genesis 6:4].

Commentary for: Deuteronomy 20:17