Bible: Judges 2:6-13

The End of an Era

2:6 When Joshua dismissed 1  the people, the Israelites went to their allotted portions of territory, 2  intending to take possession of the land. 2:7 The people worshiped 3  the Lord throughout Joshua’s lifetime and as long as the elderly men 4  who outlived him remained alive. These men had witnessed 5  all the great things the Lord had done for Israel. 6  2:8 Joshua son of Nun, the Lord’s servant, died at the age of one hundred ten. 2:9 The people 7  buried him in his allotted land 8  in Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 2:10 That entire generation passed away; 9  a new generation grew up 10  that had not personally experienced the Lord’s presence or seen what he had done for Israel. 11 

A Monotonous Cycle

2:11 The Israelites did evil before 12  the Lord by worshiping 13  the Baals. 2:12 They abandoned the Lord God of their ancestors 14  who brought them out of the land of Egypt. They followed other gods – the gods of the nations who lived around them. They worshiped 15  them and made the Lord angry. 2:13 They abandoned the Lord and worshiped Baal and the Ashtars. 16 

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