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.18
Joshua son of Nun,2 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 Heresa3 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.411
Then the Israelites did evil5 in the eyes of the LORD6 and served the Baals.712
They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods8 of the peoples around them.9 They provoked10 the LORD to anger1113
because they forsook12 him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.1314
In his anger14 against Israel the LORD handed them over15 to raiders who plundered16 them. He sold them17 to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.1815
Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the LORD was against them19 to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.2016
Then the LORD raised up judges,b21 who saved22 them out of the hands of these raiders.
Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted23 themselves to other gods24 and worshiped them.25 Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned26 from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the LORD's commands.2718
Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved28 them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion29 on them as they groaned30 under those who oppressed and afflicted31 them.
But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt32 than those of their fathers,33 following other gods and serving and worshiping them.34 They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn35 ways.
Therefore the LORD was very angry36 with Israel and said, "Because this nation has violated the covenant37 that I laid down for their forefathers and has not listened to me,
I will no longer drive out38 before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.
I will use them to test39 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.40