1 And the Angel of Jehovah came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said: I led you up from
Egypt and brought you into the land of which I had sworn to your fathers; and I said, I will
never break My covenant with you.
2 And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall pull down
their altars. But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this?
3 Therefore I also have said, I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be thorns
in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.
4 And it came about, when the Angel of Jehovah spoke these words to all the children of
Israel, that the people lifted up their voices and wept.
5 Thus they called the name of that place Bochim; and they sacrificed there unto Jehovah.
6 And when Joshua had dismissed the people, the children of Israel went each to his own
inheritance to possess the land.
7 Thus 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 works of Jehovah which
He had done for Israel.
8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Jehovah, died when he was one hundred and
ten years old.
9 And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at Timnath Heres, in the
mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash.
10 When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose
after them who had not known Jehovah nor the work which He had done for Israel.
11 And the children of Israel did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, and served the Baals;
12 and they forsook Jehovah the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the
land of Egypt; and they went after other gods from among the gods of the people who
were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked Jehovah to
13 They forsook Jehovah and served Baal and Ashtaroth.
14 And the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel, and He delivered them into the hands
of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all
around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
15 Wherever they went out, the hand of Jehovah was against them for evil, as Jehovah
had said, and as Jehovah had sworn to them. And they were greatly distressed.
16 Nevertheless, Jehovah raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those
who plundered them.
17 Yet they would not heed their judges, but they committed adultery with other gods, and
bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers had walked,
to obey the commandments of Jehovah; they did not do so.
18 And when Jehovah raised up judges for them, Jehovah was with the judge and
delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for Jehovah was
moved to pity before their groaning because of those oppressing and thrusting at them.
19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they would turn back and act more
corruptly than their fathers, by going after other gods, to serve them and bow down to
them. They have not failed from their own doings nor from their stubborn way.
20 And the anger of Jehovah burned against Israel; and He said, Because this nation has
transgressed My covenant which I have commanded their fathers, and has not obeyed My
21 I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua has left
when he died,
22 so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the way of Jehovah, to
walk in it as their fathers have kept it, or not.
23 Therefore Jehovah left those nations, without driving them out quickly; nor did He
deliver them into the hand of Joshua.