Angel of the Lord at Bokim
2:1 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to
Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have
brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers;
and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
2:2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of
this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not
obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?
2:3 Wherefore 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 unto you.
2:4 And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake
these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people
lifted up their voice, and wept.
2:5 And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they
sacrificed there unto the LORD.
Disobedience and Defeat
2:6 And when Joshua had let the people go, the
children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to
possess the land.
2:7 And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua,
and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had
seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for
2:8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD,
died, being an hundred and ten years old.
2:9 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in
Timnathheres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of
the hill Gaash.
2:10 And also all that generation were gathered unto their
fathers: and there arose another generation after them,
which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done
2:11 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of
the LORD, and served Baalim:
2:12 And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which
brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other
gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them,
and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to
2:13 And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and
2:14 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and
he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled
them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round
about, so that they could not any longer stand before their
2:15 Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was
against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD
had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.
2:16 Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which
delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.
2:17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but
they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves
unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their
fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but
they did not so.
2:18 And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD
was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of
their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the
LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that
oppressed them and vexed them.
2:19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that
they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their
fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow
down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor
from their stubborn way.
2:20 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and
he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my
covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not
hearkened unto my voice;
2:21 I also will not henceforth drive out any from before
them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:
2:22 That through them I may prove Israel, whether they
will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their
fathers did keep it, or not.
2:23 Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving
them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of