The point of this unit is the election of Israel, or as Amos puts it in 3:1-2 "Only you do I know of all the families of the earth".
2:9-10 give a brief, if reversed, summary of the exodus and of the establishment of Israel in Canaan. Usually in such accounts deliverance from Egypt precedes the gift of land. Here the focus is on the nation's installation - the unit begins and ends with the "Amorites".
The language describing their destruction is strong and expressive: "tall as cedars, strong as oaks" "destroyed them - fruit above and roots below".
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