New American Bible (Revised Edition)
6 They took their daughters in marriage, and gave their own daughters to their sons in marriage,(A) and served their gods.
II. Stories of the Judges
Othniel. 7 (B)Then the Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord; they forgot the Lord, their God, and served the Baals and the Asherahs,[a] 8 and the anger of the Lord flared up against them. He sold them into the power of Cushan-rishathaim,[b] king of Aram Naharaim; and the Israelites served Cushan-rishathaim for eight years.Read full chapter
- 3:7 The Asherahs: Asherah was an important goddess, whose presence in the cult was represented by a wooden pole, also called an “asherah”; see notes on Ex 34:13 and Dt 7:5. Here the plural is used to refer to goddesses in general.
- 3:8 Cushan-rishathaim: this king is not known from other biblical or extrabiblical sources. His title, “king of Aram Naharaim,” indicates that he was a Mesopotamian ruler.