The Israelites did evil in the ’s sight and served the images of Baal.
They abandoned the , the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the .
They abandoned the to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth.
This made the burn with anger against Israel, so he handed them over to raiders who stole their possessions. He turned them over to their enemies all around, and they were no longer able to resist them.
Every time Israel went out to battle, the fought against them, causing them to be defeated, just as he had warned. And the people were in great distress.
Then the raised up judges to rescue the Israelites from their attackers.
Yet Israel did not listen to the judges but prostituted themselves by worshiping other gods. How quickly they turned away from the path of their ancestors, who had walked in obedience to the ’s commands.
Whenever the raised up a judge over Israel, he was with that judge and rescued the people from their enemies throughout the judge’s lifetime. For the took pity on his people, who were burdened by oppression and suffering.
But when the judge died, the people returned to their corrupt ways, behaving worse than those who had lived before them. They went after other gods, serving and worshiping them. And they refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.