The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord's sight. They worshiped the Baals
and abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods from the surrounding peoplesa and bowed down to them. They infuriated the Lord,b13
for they abandoned Him and worshiped Baal and the Ashtoreths.c14
The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and He handed them over to marauders who raided them. He sold them tod the enemies around them, so that they could no longer resist their enemies.
Whenever the Israelites went out, the Lorde was against themf and brought disaster [on them], just as He had promised and sworn to them. So they suffered greatly.
The Lord raised up judges, who saved them from the power of their marauders,
but they did not listen to their judges. Instead, they prostituted themselves with other gods, bowing down to them. They quickly turned from the wayg of their fathers, who had walked in obedience to the Lord's commands. They did not do as their fathers did.
Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for the Israelites, the Lord was with him and saved the people from the power of their enemies while the judge was still alive.h The Lord was moved to pity whenever they groaned because of those who were oppressing and afflicting them.
Whenever the judge died, the Israelites would act even more corruptly 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 ways.