Judges 2 (Today's New International Version)

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The Angel of the LORD at Bokim

1 The angel of the LORD1 went up from Gilgal2 to Bokim3 and said, "I brought you up out of Egypt4 and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors.5 I said, 'I will never break my covenant with you,6 2 and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land,7 but you shall break down their altars.8' Yet you have disobeyed9 me. Why have you done this? 3 And I have also said, 'I will not drive them out before you;10 they will become traps11 for you, and their gods will become snares12 to you.' " 4 When the angel of the LORD had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud,13 5 and they called that place Bokim.a14 There they offered sacrifices to the LORD.

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 their own inheritance. 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.15 8 Joshua son of Nun,16 the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heresb17 in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel.18 11 Then the Israelites did evil19 in the eyes of the LORD20 and served the Baals.21 12 They forsook the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods22 of the peoples around them.23 They aroused24 the LORD's anger25 13 because they forsook26 him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.27 14 In his anger28 against Israel the LORD gave them into the hands29 of raiders who plundered30 them. He sold them31 into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.32 15 Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the LORD was against them33 to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.34 16 Then the LORD raised up judges,c35 who saved36 them out of the hands of these raiders. 17 Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted37 themselves to other gods38 and worshiped them.39 Unlike their ancestors, they quickly turned40 from following the way of their ancestors, the way of obedience to the LORD's commands.41 18 Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved42 them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD relented43 because of their groaning44 under those who oppressed and afflicted45 them. 19 But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt46 than those of their ancestors,47 following other gods and serving and worshiping them.48 They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn49 ways. 20 Therefore the LORD was very angry50 with Israel and said, "Because this nation has violated the covenant51 I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me, 21 I will no longer drive out52 before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died. 22 I will use them to test53 Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the LORD and walk in it as their ancestors did." 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.54
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