2:14 The Lord was furious with Israel 1 and handed them over to robbers who plundered them. 2 He turned them over to 3 their enemies who lived around them. They could not withstand their enemies’ attacks. 4 2:15 Whenever they went out to fight, 5 the Lord did them harm, 6 just as he had warned and solemnly vowed he would do. 7 They suffered greatly. 8
2:16 The Lord raised up leaders 9 who delivered them from these robbers. 10 2:17 But they did not obey 11 their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped 12 them. They quickly turned aside from the path 13 their ancestors 14 had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the Lord’s commands, but they did not. 15 2:18 When the Lord raised up leaders for them, the Lord was with each leader and delivered the people 16 from their enemies while the leader remained alive. The Lord felt sorry for them 17 when they cried out in agony because of what their harsh oppressors did to them. 18 2:19 When a leader died, the next generation 19 would again 20 act more wickedly than the previous one. 21 They would follow after other gods, worshiping them 22 and bowing down to them. They did not give up 23 their practices or their stubborn ways.