Bible: Judges 2

Confrontation and Repentance at Bokim

2:1 The Lord’s angelic messenger 1  went up from Gilgal to Bokim. He said, “I brought you up from Egypt and led you into the land I had solemnly promised to give to your ancestors. 2  I said, ‘I will never break my agreement 3  with you, 2:2 but you must not make an agreement with the people who live in this land. You should tear down the altars where they worship.’ 4  But you have disobeyed me. 5  Why would you do such a thing? 6  2:3 At that time I also warned you, 7  ‘If you disobey, 8  I will not drive out the Canaanites 9  before you. They will ensnare you 10  and their gods will lure you away.’ 11 

2:4 When the Lord’s messenger finished speaking these words to all the Israelites, the people wept loudly. 12  2:5 They named that place Bokim 13  and offered sacrifices to the Lord there.

The End of an Era

2:6 When Joshua dismissed 14  the people, the Israelites went to their allotted portions of territory, 15  intending to take possession of the land. 2:7 The people worshiped 16  the Lord throughout Joshua’s lifetime and as long as the elderly men 17  who outlived him remained alive. These men had witnessed 18  all the great things the Lord had done for Israel. 19  2:8 Joshua son of Nun, the Lord’s servant, died at the age of one hundred ten. 2:9 The people 20  buried him in his allotted land 21  in Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 2:10 That entire generation passed away; 22  a new generation grew up 23  that had not personally experienced the Lord’s presence or seen what he had done for Israel. 24 

A Monotonous Cycle

2:11 The Israelites did evil before 25  the Lord by worshiping 26  the Baals. 2:12 They abandoned the Lord God of their ancestors 27  who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They followed other gods – the gods of the nations who lived around them. They worshiped 28  them and made the Lord angry. 2:13 They abandoned the Lord and worshiped Baal and the Ashtars. 29 

2:14 The Lord was furious with Israel 30  and handed them over to robbers who plundered them. 31  He turned them over to 32  their enemies who lived around them. They could not withstand their enemiesattacks. 33  2:15 Whenever they went out to fight, 34  the Lord did them harm, 35  just as he had warned and solemnly vowed he would do. 36  They suffered greatly. 37 

2:16 The Lord raised up leaders 38  who delivered them from these robbers. 39  2:17 But they did not obey 40  their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped 41  them. They quickly turned aside from the path 42  their ancestors 43  had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the Lord’s commands, but they did not. 44  2:18 When the Lord raised up leaders for them, the Lord was with each leader and delivered the people 45  from their enemies while the leader remained alive. The Lord felt sorry for them 46  when they cried out in agony because of what their harsh oppressors did to them. 47  2:19 When a leader died, the next generation 48  would again 49  act more wickedly than the previous one. 50  They would follow after other gods, worshiping them 51  and bowing down to them. They did not give up 52  their practices or their stubborn ways.

A Divine Decision

2:20 The Lord was furious with Israel. 53  He said, “This nation 54  has violated the terms of the agreement I made with their ancestors 55  by disobeying me. 56  2:21 So I will no longer remove before them any of the nations that Joshua left unconquered when he died. 2:22 Joshua left those nations 57  to test 58  Israel. I wanted to see 59  whether or not the people 60  would carefully walk in the path 61  marked out by 62  the Lord, as their ancestors 63  were careful to do.” 2:23 This is why 64  the Lord permitted these nations to remain and did not conquer them immediately; 65  he did not hand them over to Joshua.

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