2:16 The Lord raised up leaders 1 who delivered them from these robbers. 2 2:17 But they did not obey 3 their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped 4 them. They quickly turned aside from the path 5 their ancestors 6 had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the Lord’s commands, but they did not. 7 2:18 When the Lord raised up leaders for them, the Lord was with each leader and delivered the people 8 from their enemies while the leader remained alive. The Lord felt sorry for them 9 when they cried out in agony because of what their harsh oppressors did to them. 10 2:19 When a leader died, the next generation 11 would again 12 act more wickedly than the previous one. 13 They would follow after other gods, worshiping them 14 and bowing down to them. They did not give up 15 their practices or their stubborn ways.