And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heresa1 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.211
Then the Israelites did evil3 in the eyes of the LORD4 and served the Baals.512
They forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods6 of the peoples around them.7 They provoked8 the LORD to anger913
because they forsook10 him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.1114
In his anger12 against Israel the LORD handed them over13 to raiders who plundered14 them. He sold them15 to their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.1615
Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the LORD was against them17 to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.1816
Then the LORD raised up judges,b19 who saved20 them out of the hands of these raiders.
Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted21 themselves to other gods22 and worshiped them.23 Unlike their fathers, they quickly turned24 from the way in which their fathers had walked, the way of obedience to the LORD's commands.2518
Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved26 them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion27 on them as they groaned28 under those who oppressed and afflicted29 them.
But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt30 than those of their fathers,31 following other gods and serving and worshiping them.32 They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn33 ways.