Problem

Where do the Canaanites dwell?

Numbers 14:25 - (Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To morrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
Numbers 14:45 - Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

In Numbers 14 there is a clear contradiction. Verse 25 says the Canaanites dwell in the valley, verse 45 says the Canaanites dwell in that hill. Which is it?


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Both. The hill is located in the valley. Notice the hills are different than the surrounding mountains mentioned in Numbers 13:17 and Numbers 14:40.

Also, see the description of the land in Deuteronomy 11:11 "But the land, wither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:"

So, the valleys have hills which are different from the surrounding mountains and the Canaanites and the Amalekites dwelt in both the valleys and the hills. No contradiction.

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