Judges 2:6-23 NIV

Disobedience and Defeat

2:6-9pp -- Jos 24:29-31

6 After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance.

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      7 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.1

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        • 15 2:7 - ver 17
          8 Joshua son of Nun,2 the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten.

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          9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heresa3 in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

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            • b 2:9 - Also known as "Timnath Serah" (see Joshua 19:50 and 24:30)
              10 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.4

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              11 Then the Israelites did evil5 in the eyes of the LORD 6 and served the Baals.7

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              12 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 anger11

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              13 because they forsook12 him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.13

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              14 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.18

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              15 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.20

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              16 Then the LORD raised up judges,b21 who saved22 them out of the hands of these raiders.

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                • c 2:16 - Or "leaders"; similarly in verses 17-19
                  17 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.27

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                      18 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.

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                      19 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.

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                      20 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,

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                      21 I will no longer drive out38 before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.

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                      22 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."

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                      23 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

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