because they forsook1 him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.214
In his anger3 against Israel the LORD handed them over4 to raiders who plundered5 them. He sold them6 to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.715
Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the LORD was against them8 to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.916
Then the LORD raised up judges,a10 who saved11 them out of the hands of these raiders.
Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted12 themselves to other gods13 and worshiped them.14 Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned15 from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the LORD's commands.1618
Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved17 them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion18 on them as they groaned19 under those who oppressed and afflicted20 them.
But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt21 than those of their fathers,22 following other gods and serving and worshiping them.23 They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn24 ways.
Therefore the LORD was very angry25 with Israel and said, "Because this nation has violated the covenant26 that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me,
I will no longer drive out27 before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.
I will use them to test28 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.29