* And they.
The Canaanites were ripe for destruction; and God was pleased,
instead of destroying them by a pestilence, a famine, or an
earthquake, to employ the Israelites as the executioners of
his vengeance. Had an angel been commissioned to slay them,
who would have charged him with iniquity or cruelty? In all
public calamities infants are involved; and tens of thousands
of infants die in great agony every year. Now, either God is
not the agent in these calamities, (which opinion, though
often implied in men's reasonings on these subjects, is not
far from atheism;) or they must consist with the most perfect
justice and goodness.
9:24,25 10:28,39 11:14 De 2:34 7:2,3,16 20:16,17
1Sa 15:3,8,18,19 1Ki 20:42 Ps 137:8,9 Jer 48:18 Re 18:21