Judges 2

Israel Rebuked

Now a the angel of the  Lord came up from Gilgal to b Bochim. And he said, c I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘ d I will never break My covenant with you, and as for you, e you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; f you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not
Lit listened to My voice
obeyed Me; what is this you have done?
Therefore I also said, ‘ h I will not drive them out before you; but they will
Some ancient mss read be adversaries, and
become j  as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.’”
When the angel of the  Lord spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept. So they named that place
I.e. weepers
Bochim; and there they sacrificed to the  Lord.

Joshua Dies

l When Joshua had dismissed the people, the sons of Israel went each to his inheritance to possess the land. The people served the  Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who
Lit prolonged days after
survived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of the  Lord which He had done for Israel.
Then Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the  Lord, died at the age of one hundred and ten. And they buried him in the territory of n his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 10 All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who o did not know the  Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.

Israel Serves Baals

11 Then the sons of Israel did p evil in the sight of the  Lord and
Or worshiped
served the r Baals,
12 and s they forsook the  Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the  Lord to anger. 13 So they forsook the  Lord and t served Baal and the Ashtaroth. 14  u The anger of the  Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and v He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies. 15 Wherever they went, the hand of the  Lord was against them for evil, as the  Lord had spoken and w as the  Lord had sworn to them, so that they were severely distressed.

16  x Then the  Lord raised up judges
Lit and they
who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them.
17 Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they played the harlot after other gods and bowed themselves down to them. They turned aside quickly from the way z in which their fathers had walked in obeying the commandments of the  Lord; they did not do as their fathers. 18 When the  Lord raised up judges for them, aa the  Lord was with the judge and delivered them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the  Lord was ab moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed and afflicted them. 19 But it came about when the judge died, that they would turn back and act more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them and bow down to them; they did not abandon their practices or their stubborn ways. 20  ac So the anger of the  Lord burned against Israel, and He said, “Because this nation has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers and has not listened to My voice, 21  ad I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, 22 in order to ae test Israel by them, whether they will keep the way of the  Lord to walk in it as their fathers
Lit kept
did, or not.”
23 So the  Lord allowed those nations to remain, not driving them out quickly; and He did not give them into the hand of Joshua.
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