Judges 2

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1 And the angel of Jehovah came·​·up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go·​·up out of Egypt, and have brought you to the land which I promised to your fathers; and I said, I will not make· My covenant with you ·of·​·none·​·effect* to eternity.

2 And you shall not cut a covenant with them dwelling·​·in this land; you shall tear·​·down their altars; but you have not obeyed My voice; what is this you have done?

3 And I have also said, I will not drive· them ·out from before you, and you shall have them at the sides, and their gods shall be for a snare to you.

4 And it was, when the angel of Jehovah spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, that the people lifted·​·up their voices and wept.

5 And they called the name of that place Bochim; and they sacrificed there to Jehovah.

6 And Joshua sent·​·away the people, and the sons of Israel went, a man to his inheritance, to possess the land.

7 And the people served Jehovah all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who prolonged their days after Joshua, who had seen all the great deeds of Jehovah that He did for Israel.

8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Jehovah, died, a son of a hundred and ten years;

9 and they buried him in the border of his inheritance, in Timnath-cheres in the mountain of Ephraim, on the north of Mount Gaash.

10 And also all that generation was gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them which knew not Jehovah, nor also the deeds He did for Israel.

11 And the sons of Israel did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, and served the Baalim.

12 And they forsook Jehovah, the God of their fathers who brought· them ·out from the land of Egypt, and they went after other gods of the gods of the peoples that were all around them, and bowed·​·down unto them and provoked Jehovah.

13 And they forsook Jehovah, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

14 And the anger of Jehovah was·​·fierce against Israel, and He gave them into the hand of pillagers and they pillaged them, and He sold them into the hand of their enemies all around them, and they could not any more stand before their enemies.

15 Whithersoever they went·​·out, the hand of Jehovah was against them for evil, as Jehovah had spoken, and Jehovah had promised unto them; and they were· exceedingly ·distressed.

16 And Jehovah raised·​·up judges, and they saved them from the hand of those who pillaged them.

17 But also to their judges they would not hearken, but they committed·​·harlotry after other gods, and bowed·​·down to them; they turned·​·aside hastily from the way which their fathers walked, who hearkened to the commandments of Jehovah; they did not so.

18 And when Jehovah raised·​·up judges for them, then Jehovah was with the judge, and saved them from the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for Jehovah repented because of their groaning from before those who subjugated them and thrust upon them.

19 And it was, on the death of the judge, that they turned·​·back and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, to go after other gods, to serve them and to bow·​·down to them; they did not fall away from their actions, and from their hardened way.

20 And the anger of Jehovah was·​·fierce against Israel; and He said, Because this nation has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto My voice;

21 I also will not continue to dispossess from before them a man of the nations that Joshua left when he died:

22 to tempt Israel by them, whether they will keep the way of Jehovah to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it or not.

23 And Jehovah let· these nations ·stay, without dispossessing them hastily; neither gave He them into the hand of Joshua.

  
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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.