Judges 2

Pattern of Sin and Judgment

1The Angel of the Lord a went up from Gilgal to Bochim
LXX reads to the weeping place and to Bethel and to the house of Israel
and said, “I brought you out of Egypt and led you into the land c I had promised to your fathers. d I also said: I will never break My covenant with you.
2 You are not to make a covenant e with the people who are living in this land, and you are to tear down their altars.
LXX reads with those lying in wait in this land; neither are you to fall down in worship to their gods, but their carved images you must break to pieces and their altars you must destroy
g But you have not obeyed Me. What is this you have done?
3Therefore, I now say: I will not drive out these people before you. h They will be thorns
LXX reads affliction
Lit traps
in your sides, k and their gods will be a trap for you.” l
4When the Angel of the Lord had spoken these words to all the Israelites, the people wept loudly. 5So they named that place Bochim
Or Weeping
and offered sacrifices there to the Lord.

Joshua’s Death

6 Joshua sent the people away, and the Israelites went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance. n 7The people worshiped the Lord throughout Joshua’s lifetime and during the lifetimes of the elders who outlived
Lit extended their days after
Joshua. They had seen all the Lord’s great works p He had done for Israel.

8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of 110. 9They buried him in the territory of his inheritance, in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, q north of Mount Gaash. 10 That whole generation was also gathered to their ancestors. After them another generation rose up who did not know the Lord r or the works He had done for Israel.

11The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord’s sight. s They worshiped the
Baal: A fertility god who was the main god of the Canaanite religion and the god of rain and thunderstorms; also the Hebrew word meaning "lord," "master," "owner," or "husband"
Baals u
12and abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods from the surrounding peoples v and bowed down to them. They infuriated the Lord, w 13for they abandoned Him and worshiped Baal and the
Ashtoreth(s): A Canaanite goddess of fertility, love, and war, who was the daughter of Asherah and consort of Baal; the plural form of her name in Hebrew is Ashtaroth.
Ashtoreths. y

14The Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and He handed them over to marauders who raided them. He sold z them to
Lit into the hand of
the enemies around them, and they could no longer resist their enemies.
15 Whenever the Israelites went out, the Lord
Lit the hand of the Lord
was against them ac and brought disaster on them, just as He had promised and sworn to them. ad So they suffered greatly.

16The Lord raised up ae judges, who saved them from the power of their marauders, 17 but they did not listen to their judges. Instead, they prostituted af themselves with other gods, bowing down to them. They quickly turned from the way ag of their fathers, who had walked in obedience to the Lord’s commands. They did not do as their fathers did. 18 Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for the Israelites, the Lord was with ah him and saved the people from the power of their enemies while the judge was still alive.
Lit enemies all the days of the judge
The Lord was moved to pity whenever they groaned because of those who were oppressing and afflicting them.
19Whenever the judge died, the Israelites would act even more corruptly aj than their fathers, going after other gods to worship and bow down to them. They did not turn from their evil practices or their obstinate ak ways.

20The Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and He declared, “Because this nation has violated My covenant al that I made with their fathers am and disobeyed Me, 21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left an when he died. ao 22I did this to test Israel and to see whether they would keep the Lord’s way ap by walking in it, as their fathers had.” aq 23The Lord left these nations and did not drive them out immediately. He did not hand them over to Joshua.
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