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Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

Bible References

I also said

Judges 2:21
So I will no longer remove before them any of the nations that Joshua left unconquered when he died.
Numbers 33:55
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, then those whom you allow to remain will be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your side, and will cause you trouble in the land where you will be living.
Joshua 23:13
know for certain that the Lord our God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. They will trap and ensnare you; they will be a whip that tears your sides and thorns that blind your eyes until you disappear from this good land the Lord your God gave you.

Their gods

Judges 3:6
They took the Canaanites' daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites; they worshiped their gods as well.
Exodus 23:33
They must not live in your land, lest they make you sin against me, for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."
Exodus 34:12
Be careful not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it become a snare among you.
Deuteronomy 7:16
You must destroy all the people whom the Lord your God is about to deliver over to you; you must not pity them or worship their gods, for that will be a snare to you.
1 Kings 11:1
King Solomon fell in love with many foreign women (besides Pharaoh's daughter), including Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites.
Psalm 106:36
They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them.

General references

Deuteronomy 6:19
and that you may drive out all your enemies just as the Lord said.
Deuteronomy 20:18
so that they cannot teach you all the abhorrent ways they worship their gods, causing you to sin against the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 28:43
The foreigners who reside among you will become higher and higher over you and you will become lower and lower.
Judges 2:21
So I will no longer remove before them any of the nations that Joshua left unconquered when he died.
1 Samuel 8:8
Just as they have done from the day that I brought them up from Egypt until this very day, they have rejected me and have served other gods. This is what they are also doing to you.

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