Note the following details:
Josh 3:15 - Now the Jordan overflows its banks throughout the harvest season. But as soon as the priests carrying the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge,
Josh 4:9 - Joshua set up the twelve stones that had been in the midst of the Jordan at the spot where the priests who carried the ark of the covenant ...
I find Keil and Delitzsch's explanation reasonable:
But it cannot be so absolutely affirmed that these stones would be carried away at once by the stream, so that they could never be seen any more. As the priests did not stand in the middle or deepest part of the river, but just in the bed of the river, and close to its eastern bank, and it was upon this ...
In addition to Perry's citation on Deut. 7:22 which predates the events, there is also the following passage, which was written after the events in Judges 2:
20 So the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and He said, “Because this nation has transgressed the covenant I laid down for their fathers and has not heeded My voice, 21I will no longer drive ...
The LORD your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you.
(Deut. 7:22, ESV)
God had already said he would gradually drive out the people so that the land would not go back to wild animals.
These are the 2 reasons I thought of?! 1) the High Priest knows the court case, the next one may not! It’s his job to pray/intercede for people to make atonement! 2) having his sentence, banishment based on the length of life of another human, a spiritual advocate, places the length of his sentence in Gods hands, not fallible humans! 🤔
However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.
Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth] Heb. any breath, i.e. human life (Genesis 2:7, 1 Kings 17:17, Isaiah 42:5), cp. the deuteronomic Joshua 10:40; Joshua 11:...
I would answer in a similar fashion to the way I answered previously. Of the triple charge that God gave Joshua (Josh 1:5-9) after the death of Moses, the second would be the most challenging; namely,
V7 Be careful to observe all the law that My servant Moses commanded
leadership is a heavy burden to bear. BUT leadership can only be achieved, ...
There are at least two towns called "Ophrah":
A Bejaminite town as per Josh 18:23
A town in Manasseh as per Judges 6:11, 15, 24, 8:27, 32. This town in both sets of references is closely associated with Gideon.
Note that there are several clues that Judges 6:11, 15, 24, 8:27, 32 all describe "Ophrah" as Gideon's city in Manasseh ...