Judges 2:11

11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals.

Judges 2:11 in Other Translations

11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:
11 And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals.
11 The Israelites did evil in the LORD ’s sight and served the images of Baal.
11 The People of Israel did evil in God's sight:
11 The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord's sight. They worshiped the Baals

Judges 2:11 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 2:11

And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord,
&c.] Openly and publicly, boldly and impudently, in the very face of God, and amidst all the good things they received from him, which were aggravating circumstances of their sins; what the evil was they did is next observed:

and served Baalim;
the idol Baal, as the Arabic version, of which there were many, and therefore a plural word is used; to which the apostle refers ( 1 Corinthians 8:5 ) ; for the word signifies "lords", and there were Baalpeor, Baalzebub, Baalberith and who seem to have their name from Bal, Bel, or Belus, a king of Babylon after Nimrod, and who was the first monarch that was deified, the Jupiter of the Heathens. Theophilus of Antioch F16 says, that, according to the history of Thallus, Belus the king of the Assyrians, whom they worshipped, was older than the Trojan war three hundred twenty two years; and that some call Cronus or Saturn Bel and Bal; by the Assyrians called Bel, and in the Punic or Phoenician language Bal F17.


F16 Ad Autolyc. l. 3. p. 138, 139. Vid. Lactant. de fals. Relig. l. 1. c. 23.
F17 Servius in Virgil. Aeneid. 1. prope finem.

Judges 2:11 In-Context

9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres 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.
11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals.
12 They forsook the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the LORD’s anger
13 because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.

Cross References 3

  • 1. 1 Kings 15:26
  • 2. Judges 3:12; Judges 4:1; Judges 6:1; Judges 10:6
  • 3. Judges 3:7; Judges 8:33; 1 Kings 16:31; 1 Kings 22:53; 2 Kings 10:18; 2 Kings 17:16
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