Bible: Judges 2:10-23

2:10 That entire generation passed away; 1  a new generation grew up 2  that had not personally experienced the Lord’s presence or seen what he had done for Israel. 3 

A Monotonous Cycle

2:11 The Israelites did evil before 4  the Lord by worshiping 5  the Baals. 2:12 They abandoned the Lord God of their ancestors 6  who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They followed other gods – the gods of the nations who lived around them. They worshiped 7  them and made the Lord angry. 2:13 They abandoned the Lord and worshiped Baal and the Ashtars. 8 

2:14 The Lord was furious with Israel 9  and handed them over to robbers who plundered them. 10  He turned them over to 11  their enemies who lived around them. They could not withstand their enemiesattacks. 12  2:15 Whenever they went out to fight, 13  the Lord did them harm, 14  just as he had warned and solemnly vowed he would do. 15  They suffered greatly. 16 

2:16 The Lord raised up leaders 17  who delivered them from these robbers. 18  2:17 But they did not obey 19  their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped 20  them. They quickly turned aside from the path 21  their ancestors 22  had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the Lord’s commands, but they did not. 23  2:18 When the Lord raised up leaders for them, the Lord was with each leader and delivered the people 24  from their enemies while the leader remained alive. The Lord felt sorry for them 25  when they cried out in agony because of what their harsh oppressors did to them. 26  2:19 When a leader died, the next generation 27  would again 28  act more wickedly than the previous one. 29  They would follow after other gods, worshiping them 30  and bowing down to them. They did not give up 31  their practices or their stubborn ways.

A Divine Decision

2:20 The Lord was furious with Israel. 32  He said, “This nation 33  has violated the terms of the agreement I made with their ancestors 34  by disobeying me. 35  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 36  to test 37  Israel. I wanted to see 38  whether or not the people 39  would carefully walk in the path 40  marked out by 41  the Lord, as their ancestors 42  were careful to do.” 2:23 This is why 43  the Lord permitted these nations to remain and did not conquer them immediately; 44  he did not hand them over to Joshua.

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