Now 1the angel of the LORDcame up from Gilgal to 2Bochim. And he said, "3I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the landwhich I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, '4I will neverbreak My covenant with you,
and as for you, 5you shall makenocovenant with the inhabitants of thisland; 6you shall teardown their altars.' But you have not aobeyed Me; what is this you have done?
"Therefore I alsosaid, '7I will not drive them out before you; but they will bbecome8as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.' "
When the angel of the LORDspokethesewords to all the sons of Israel, the peoplelifted up their voices and wept.
So they named that placecBochim; and there they sacrificed to the LORD.
69When Joshua had dismissed the people, the sons of Israelwenteach to his inheritance to possess the land.
The peopleserved the LORDall the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elderswhodsurvivedJoshua, who had seenall the greatwork of the LORDwhich He had done for Israel.
Then Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of one hundred and ten.
And they buried him in the territory of 10his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hillcountry of Ephraim, north of MountGaash.
10All that generationalso were gathered to their fathers; and there aroseanothergenerationafter them who11did not know the LORD, noryet the workwhich He had done for Israel.
Then the sons of Israeldid12evil in the sight of the LORD and eserved the 13Baals,
and 14they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followedothergods from among the gods of the peopleswho were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the LORD to anger.
So they forsook the LORD and 15servedBaal and the Ashtaroth.
1416The anger of the LORDburned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and 17He sold them into the hands of their enemiesaround them, so that they couldnolongerstandbefore their enemies.
15Wherever they went, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had spoken and 18as the LORD had sworn to them, so that they were severelydistressed.
1619Then the LORDraised up judgesfwho delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them.
17Yet they did not listen to their judges, for they played the harlotafterothergods and bowed themselves down to them. They turnedasidequickly from the way20in which their fathers had walked in obeying the commandments of the LORD; they did not do as their fathers.
18When the LORDraised up judges for them, 21the LORD was with the judge and delivered them from the hand of their enemiesall the days of the judge; for the LORD was 22moved to pity by their groaningbecause of those who oppressed and afflicted them.
But it came about when the judgedied, that they would turnback and actmorecorruptlythan their fathers, in followingothergods to serve them and bowdown to them; they did not abandon their practices or their stubbornways.
2023So the anger of the LORDburned against Israel, and He said, "Becausethisnation has transgressed My covenantwhich I commanded their fathers and has not listened to My voice,
2124I also will nolongerdrive out before them any of the nationswhichJoshualeft when he died,
in order to 25testIsrael by them, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk in it as their fathersgdid, or not."
So the LORD allowed thosenations to remain, not driving them out quickly; and He did not give them into the hand of Joshua.