Why They Didn’t Leave

Systematically, each town was attacked, captured, and destroyed by Joshua and the army. Why didn’t they just move away? I found the answer in today’s verses.

Joshua 11:19, 20, “The Lord had told Moses that he wanted the towns in this region destroyed and their people killed without mercy. That’s why the Lord made the people in the towns stubborn and determined to fight Israel. The only town that signed a peace treaty with Israel was the Hivite town of Gibeon. The Israelite army captured the rest of the towns in battle.”