The angel of the LORD1 went up from Gilgal2 to Bokim3 and said, "I brought you up out of Egypt4 and led you into the land that I swore to give to your forefathers.5 I said, 'I will never break my covenant with you,62
and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land,7 but you shall break down their altars.8' Yet you have disobeyed9 me. Why have you done this?
Now therefore I tell you that I will not drive them out before you;10 they will be [thorns]11 in your sides and their gods will be a snare12 to you."
When the angel of the LORD had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud,135
and they called that place Bokim.a14 There they offered sacrifices to the LORD.
After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance.
The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.158
Joshua son of Nun,16 the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten.
And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heresb17 in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.
After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel.1811
Then the Israelites did evil19 in the eyes of the LORD20 and served the Baals.2112
They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods22 of the peoples around them.23 They provoked24 the LORD to anger2513
because they forsook26 him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.2714
In his anger28 against Israel the LORD handed them over29 to raiders who plundered30 them. He sold them31 to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.3215
Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the LORD was against them33 to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.3416
Then the LORD raised up judges,c35 who saved36 them out of the hands of these raiders.
Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted37 themselves to other gods38 and worshiped them.39 Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned40 from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the LORD's commands.4118
Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved42 them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion43 on them as they groaned44 under those who oppressed and afflicted45 them.
But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt46 than those of their fathers,47 following other gods and serving and worshiping them.48 They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn49 ways.
Therefore the LORD was very angry50 with Israel and said, "Because this nation has violated the covenant51 that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me,
I will no longer drive out52 before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.
I will use them to test53 Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the LORD and walk in it as their forefathers did."
The LORD had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.54