The admonition of the Angel of Jehovah (Christ as the acting Jehovah in the Old Testament to take care of Israel)
Then the 1aAngel
of Jehovah went up from bGilgal
to Bochim. And He said, I caused you to cgo
up out from Egypt, and I brought you into the land that I swore to your fathers. And I said, I will never break My dcovenant
And you shall not make a acovenant
with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars. But you did not listen to My voice. What is this that you have done?
Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they will be like athorns
in your sides, and their gods will be a bsnare
And when the Angel of Jehovah had spoken these words to all the children of Israel, the people lifted up their voice and wept.
And they called the name of that place 1Bochim
. And they offered to Jehovah there.
Israel's forsaking of God (comprising their suffering of defeats, their repentance, and God's deliverance)
The reason for Israel's forsaking of God
when Joshua sent the people away, each of the children of Israel went to his own inheritance to possess the land.
And the people aserved
Jehovah throughout all the days of Joshua and throughout all the days of the elders whose days extended after Joshua’s and who saw all the great work of Jehovah that He had done for Israel.
And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Jehovah, adied
at the age of one hundred and ten years.
And they buried him in the territory of his inheritance, in 1aTimnath
-heres, in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.
And all that generation as well were gathered to their fathers; and another generation, who did anot
know Jehovah or the work that He had done for Israel, rose up after them.
The cycle of the miserable history of Israel's forsaking of God
And the children of Israel did what was evil in the sight of Jehovah and aserved
And they 1aforsook
Jehovah, the God of their fathers, who brought them out from the land of Egypt; and they bfollowed
after other gods from among the gods of the peoples who surrounded them; and they worshipped them and provoked Jehovah to anger.
And they forsook Jehovah and served aBaal
and the Ashtaroth.
Then the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel, and He adelivered
them into the hands of plunderers; and they plundered them. And He bsold
them into the hand of their enemies around them, and they were no longer able to stand before their enemies.
Whenever they went out, the hand of Jehovah was against them for evil, as Jehovah ahad
spoken and as Jehovah had sworn to them; and they were greatly distressed.
And Jehovah raised up ajudges
, and they bsaved
them out of the hands of those who plundered them.
Yet they did not listen to their judges either, but they went about as aharlots
after other gods and worshipped them. They turned aside quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, the way of obeying the commandments of Jehovah; this they did not do.
And when Jehovah raised up judges for them, Jehovah was awith
the judge, and He saved them from the hand of their enemies throughout all the days of the judge; for Jehovah would be moved to pity by their bgroaning
because of those who oppressed them and crushed them.
But when the judge adied
, they turned and acted more corruptly than their fathers by following after other gods in order to serve them and worship them; they did not cease from any of their practices or from their stubborn way.
And the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel; and He said, Because this nation has transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers and they do not listen to My voice,
Jehovah's testing of Israel
I for My part will no longer adispossess
from before them any of the nations that Joshua left when he died,
In order to atest
Israel through them as to whether or not they will keep the way of Jehovah by walking in 1it
, as their fathers kept it.
So Jehovah left these nations, not dispossessing them quickly, and did not deliver them into the hand of Joshua.