and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ Bible other translations

“the land of the Canaanite.” God lists six nations that inhabit the Promised Land. In Deuteronomy 7:1 and some other places He lists seven nations. The missing nation in this list is the Girgashites. At the time of Moses and Joshua, the Promised Land was occupied by pagan nations. God told Israel to drive out those pagans and take possession of the land. God had the right to give the land to the Israelites. For one thing, He is the creator of the heavens and earth and the earth belongs to Him (Ps. 24:1; 1 Cor. 10:26). Also, as the Creator of all human beings, He sets the moral standards by which people are to live. In this case, the pagan nations who inhabited the Promised Land were very ungodly and besides ignoring God’s creations ordinances and worshiping deities that were enemies of God and who did not lead people to everlasting life, they practiced such things as ritual sex and human sacrifice and thus deserved God’s judgment. People may have the right to disobey God, but they cannot escape the fact that they cannot ignore their Creator like that and not have consequences. Sometimes those consequences only really show themselves on Judgment Day, while sometimes the consequences occur in this life also.

Commentary for: Exodus 3:17