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Judges 2 - NIV

The Angel of the Lord at Bokim

1 The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you,

2 and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this?

3 And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’”

4 When the angel of the Lord had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud,

5 and they called that place Bokim.[a] There they offered sacrifices to the Lord.

Disobedience and Defeat

6 After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance.

7 The people served the Lord throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.

8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten.

9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres[b] in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.

11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals.

12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger

13 because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.

14 In his anger against Israel the Lord gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.

15 Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.

16 Then the Lord raised up judges,[c] who saved them out of the hands of these raiders.

17 Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the Lord’s commands.

18 Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them.

19 But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.

20 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel and said, “Because this nation has violated the covenant I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me,

21 I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died.

22 I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord and walk in it as their ancestors did.”

23 The Lord had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua.


a. Judges 2:5 Bokim means weepers.
b. Judges 2:9 Also known as Timnath Serah (see Joshua 19:50 and 24:30)
c. Judges 2:16 Or leaders; similarly in verses 17-19

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Shared by: Elmer Towns on Nov, 2016
Summary: From rags to riches in three generations.
Scripture: Judges 2:7-13
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Shared by: Dean Courtier on Jul, 2016
Summary: We can talk about Jesus, claim to know and love him, and say that we are serving him, but are our actions proving it to be true. The next generation will learn from what we do more than from what we say.
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Shared by: John Gaston on Jun, 2016
Summary: The unbelievable account of how a nation which was totally committed to God – in one generation – walked away from God and became an idolatrous nation.There’s an eerie parallel to America; we must contend for revival!
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Scripture: Judges 2:6-15
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William R. Nabaza avatar
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD never forsook us in the first place, it was us who forsook Him in the first place, that's why the LORD JESUS CHRIST came to seek and save the lost.
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Mar, 2016
Summary: To show that GOD's anger is not something to be taken lightly but GOD will always show Himself right and we're always wrong, we need to be subjected to His Power and Love for us to understand this.
Scripture: Judges 2:14
Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Manny Salva Cruz avatar
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Shared by: Manny Salva Cruz on Feb, 2016
Summary: We have the tendency to commit sin, then repent, then give our devotion to God, then when all is well, we sin again and we fall into bondage. This is the experience of Israel in the Book of Judges. Only Jesus can break this bondage of sin.
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Paul Carlson avatar
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Shared by: Paul Carlson on Dec, 2015
Summary: PROPOSITION: Because Christ is the Deliverer, you must forsake your idols and follow Him.
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John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Aug, 2015
Scripture: Judges 2:1-2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 293
Christian Cheong avatar
Keeping God in Sight
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Jun, 2015
Summary: Keep God in sight, tell His stories, teach His Word and guard your heart.
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Shared by: Jerry Watts on Sep, 2014
Summary: Everyone loves a vacation! It's when we get away to relax. We only carry people on our vacation who we like to spend time with. Do we take a vacation with God or From God? A must answer question
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Scripture: Judges 2:1-23
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Chris Kelly avatar
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Shared by: Chris Kelly on May, 2014
Summary: Many times we're not overcoming the weaknesses in our lives and inhabiting the land God has given us because of the same excuses Israel made for not overcoming the land God gave them. Learn how to inhabit your inheritance!
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Scripture: Judges 1:1-2:5
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William R. Nabaza avatar
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Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Apr, 2014
Summary: To show that GOD is our Trainor in life, experience and war, all spiritual in nature.
Perry Greene avatar
Do Not Recycle
Shared by: Perry Greene on Nov, 2013
Summary: The Hebrews developed a detrimental cycle in Judges of Rebellion; Repression; Repentance; Restoration. This cycle was caused because parents did not teach their children and settled for "substandard standards."
John Lowe avatar
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Shared by: John Lowe on Sep, 2013
Summary: One of the greatest problems that I see in the church is that fact that too many people follow the same path that Israel followed when they first entered into the Promised Land. They were quick to forget the great miracles of deliverance that God had give
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Scripture: Judges 2:1-22
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Shared by: Pastor Amos Dele Dada on Sep, 2013
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Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,717
Jason Smith avatar
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Shared by: Jason Smith on Sep, 2013
Summary: Why is it that many generations can be seeking the Lord, than a generation arises that does not know the Lord? This lesson examines what happened to the generation after Joshua, showing how the parents failed in many areas.
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Views: 2,382
allan kircher avatar
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Shared by: allan kircher on Aug, 2013
Summary: “God never allows His people to sin successfully!” you will reap what you sow
Series: Judges
Scripture: Judges 2:20-3:11
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,583
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Shared by: bala samson on Jan, 2013
Summary: Blessings in our life start with us listening to the voice of God!
Scripture: Judges 2:17
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 231
Dan Cormie avatar
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Shared by: Dan Cormie on Oct, 2011
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Scripture: Judges 2:18-19
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Views: 1,194
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Shared by: Thomas Swope on Oct, 2011
Summary: A study of chapter 2 verses 1 through 23
Scripture: Judges 2:1-23
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Shared by: Charles Jones on Sep, 2011
Summary: Every generation must learn to know God for themselves. It is the knowledge of God and how he operates in the lives of believers and on the universal sphere of life that helps us to appreciate all that he does for us. Knowing God gives the world sanity
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Scripture: Judges 2:10
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Views: 4,195
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Shared by: Jason Bonnicksen on May, 2011
Summary: Conveying a message of hope that if we're saved in Christ, then there is no fear of one day having to face Judge Jehovah.
Scripture: Judges 2:10-18
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Ivan Casteel avatar
Shared by: Ivan Casteel on Feb, 2011
Summary: To help us to see where Christianity is failing to produce what we should in our people
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Scripture: Judges 2:10
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Johnny Wilson avatar
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Shared by: Johnny Wilson on Aug, 2010
Summary: God's people, throughout history, have often had a tragic cycle of forgetting God and needing God's "sandpaper" to bring them back to God.
Scripture: Judges 1:1-2:23
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Dan Cormie avatar
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Shared by: Dan Cormie on Aug, 2010
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Views: 529
Glenn Durham avatar
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Shared by: Glenn Durham on Jun, 2010
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Scripture: Judges 2:6-3:6
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Shared by: Dennis Selfridge on May, 2010
Summary: Gideon surrendered his weakness of having an army of 32,000 to one of 300.
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Shared by: Donnie Martin on May, 2010
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Scripture: Judges 2:7-10
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Johnny Palmer avatar
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Shared by: Johnny Palmer on Mar, 2010
Summary: Compromise with corruption always leads to a painful collapse.
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Scripture: Judges 1:1-2:5
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Shared by: Bruce Rzengota on Dec, 2009
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Scripture: Judges 2:10-23
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