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Judges 2:11-19 (English Standard Version)

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Israel's Unfaithfulness

11 1And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. 12 2And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. 3They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and 4bowed down to them. 5And they provoked the LORD to anger. 13 They abandoned the LORD 6and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. 14 7So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he 8gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. 9And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, 10so that they could no longer withstand their enemies. 15 Whenever they marched out, the hand of the LORD was against them for harm, as the LORD had warned, 11and as the LORD had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress.

The Lord Raises Up Judges

16 12Then the LORD raised up judges, 13who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. 17 Yet they did not listen to their judges, for 14they whored after other gods and bowed down to them. 15They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the LORD, and they did not do so. 18 Whenever the LORD raised up judges for them, 16the LORD was with the judge, and he saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge. 17For the LORD was moved to pity by 18their groaning because of those who afflicted and oppressed them. 19 But 19whenever the judge died, they turned back and were more corrupt than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them. They did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways.
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