and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land,1 but you shall break down their altars.2' Yet you have disobeyed3 me. Why have you done this?
Now therefore I tell you that I will not drive them out before you;4 they will be [thorns]5 in your sides and their gods will be a snare6 to you."
When the angel of the LORD had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud,75
and they called that place Bokim.a8 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.98
Joshua son of Nun,10 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 Heresb11 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.1211
Then the Israelites did evil13 in the eyes of the LORD14 and served the Baals.1512
They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods16 of the peoples around them.17 They provoked18 the LORD to anger1913
because they forsook20 him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.2114
In his anger22 against Israel the LORD handed them over23 to raiders who plundered24 them. He sold them25 to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.2615
Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the LORD was against them27 to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.2816
Then the LORD raised up judges,c29 who saved30 them out of the hands of these raiders.
Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted31 themselves to other gods32 and worshiped them.33 Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned34 from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the LORD's commands.3518
Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved36 them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion37 on them as they groaned38 under those who oppressed and afflicted39 them.
But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt40 than those of their fathers,41 following other gods and serving and worshiping them.42 They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn43 ways.
Therefore the LORD was very angry44 with Israel and said, "Because this nation has violated the covenant45 that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me,
I will no longer drive out46 before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.
I will use them to test47 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.48