Three gifts are specified which God bestowed onIsrael : possessions, rest, and victory. First, He gavethem the land which He had sworn to give unto theirfathers, and they possessed it ; next, He gave themrest round about, according to all that He had swornto their fathers ; and, lastly, He gave them victory overall their enemies. " He satisfied the longing soul, andfilled the hungry soul with goodness." He broughtHis bride to her home, and surrounded her withcomforts. And had the bride only been as faithful toher obligations as the Divine bridegroom, it might havebeen said that" Time had run back, and fetched the age of gold."But, it may perhaps be said, — this is only thehistorian's view of the matter, and it is hardly inaccordance with facts. Are we not told that, at anearly period, a colony of the tribe of Dan had to goelsewhere in search of land, because they were toohampered in the allotment they had received ? And,in the beginning of Judges, are we not told that afterthe death of Joshua, Judah and Simeon had a desperatetussle with Canaanites and Perizzites who were stillin their territories, and that in Bezek alone there wereslain of them ten thousand men ? And is not thewhole of the first chapter of Judges a record of therelations of Israel in various places to the originalinhabitants, from which it appears that very many of the Canaanites continued to dwell in the land ? Surelythis was not what God's promise to the fathers wasfitted to convey. Had not God promised that Hewould "drive out" the seven nations, and give theseed of Abraham possession of the whole ? How thencould His word be said to be implemented when so35« THE BOOK OF JOSHUA.