Then the LORD raised up judges,a1 who saved2 them out of the hands of these raiders.
Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted3 themselves to other gods4 and worshiped them.5 Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned6 from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the LORD's commands.718
Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved8 them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion9 on them as they groaned10 under those who oppressed and afflicted11 them.
But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt12 than those of their fathers,13 following other gods and serving and worshiping them.14 They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn15 ways.
Therefore the LORD was very angry16 with Israel and said, "Because this nation has violated the covenant17 that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me,
I will no longer drive out18 before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.
I will use them to test19 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.20