The angel of the LORD 1 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
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
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
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.
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.