Bible: Judges 10:6-16

The Lord’s Patience Runs Short

10:6 The Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight. 1  They worshiped 2  the Baals and the Ashtars, 3  as well as the gods of Syria, Sidon, 4  Moab, the Ammonites, and the Philistines. 5  They abandoned the Lord and did not worship 6  him. 10:7 The Lord was furious with Israel 7  and turned them over to 8  the Philistines and Ammonites. 10:8 They ruthlessly oppressed 9  the Israelites that eighteenth year 10 that is, all the Israelites living east of the Jordan in Amorite country in Gilead. 10:9 The Ammonites crossed the Jordan to fight with Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim. 11  Israel suffered greatly. 12 

10:10 The Israelites cried out for help to the Lord: “We have sinned against you. We abandoned our God and worshiped 13  the Baals.” 10:11 The Lord said to the Israelites, “Did I not deliver you from Egypt, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, 10:12 the Sidonians, Amalek, and Midian 14  when they oppressed you? 15  You cried out for help to me, and I delivered you from their power. 16  10:13 But since you abandoned me and worshiped 17  other gods, I will not deliver you again. 10:14 Go and cry for help to the gods you have chosen! Let them deliver you from trouble! 18  10:15 But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. You do to us as you see fit, 19  but deliver us today! 20  10:16 They threw away the foreign gods they owned 21  and worshiped 22  the Lord. Finally the Lord grew tired of seeing Israel suffer so much. 23 

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