Judges 2

The angel of Allah came up from Gilgal to Bochim. He said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you to the land which I swore to your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you: 2and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall break down their altars. But you have not listened to my voice: why have you done this? 3Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you. 4It happened, when the angel of Allah spoke these words to all Bani-Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept. 5They called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there to Allah. 6Now when Yusha had sent the people away, Bani-Israel went every man to his inheritance to possess the land. 7The people worshiped Allah all the days of Yusha, and all the days of the elders who outlived Yusha, who had seen all the great work of Allahthat he had worked for Israel. 8Yusha bin Nun, the servant of Allah, died, being one hundred ten years old. 9They buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath Heres, in the hill- country of Ephraim, on the north of the mountain of Gaash. 10Also all that generation were gathered to their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, who did not know Allah, nor yet the work which he had worked for Israel. 11Bani-Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Allah, and worshiped the Baals; 12and they forsook Allah, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed themselves down to them: and they provoked Allah to anger. 13They forsook Allah, and worshiped Baal and the Ashtaroth. 14The anger of Allah was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers who despoiled them; and he sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. 15Wherever they went out, the hand of Allah was against them for evil, as Allah had spoken, and as Allah had sworn to them: and they were greatly distressed. 16Allah raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who despoiled them. 17Yet they did not listen to their judges; for they played the prostitute after other gods, and bowed themselves down to them: they turned aside quickly out of the way in which their fathers walked, obeying the commandments of Allah; but they didn’t do so. 18When Allah raised up judges for them, then Allah was with the judge, and saved them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it grieved Allah because of their groaning by reason of those who oppressed them and vexed them. 19But it happened, when the judge was dead, that they turned back, and dealt more corruptly than their fathers, in following other gods to worship them, and to bow down to them; they did not cease from their doings, nor from their stubborn way. 20The anger of Allah was kindled against Israel; and he said, Because this nation have transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not listened to my voice; 21from now on I also will not drive out any from before them of the nations that Yusha left when he died; 22that by them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of Allah to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not. 23So Allah left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Yusha.


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