Othniel

The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord(A) their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs.(B)

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God chose new leaders(A)
    when war came to the city gates,(B)
but not a shield or spear(C) was seen
    among forty thousand in Israel.

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25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old.[a] Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole[b](A) beside it.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 6:25 Or Take a full-grown, mature bull from your father’s herd
  2. Judges 6:25 That is, a wooden symbol of the goddess Asherah; also in verses 26, 28 and 30

33 No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals.(A) They set up Baal-Berith(B) as their god(C)

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Jephthah

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.(A) They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths,(B) and the gods of Aram,(C) the gods of Sidon,(D) the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites(E) and the gods of the Philistines.(F) And because the Israelites forsook the Lord(G) and no longer served him,

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10 They put his armor in the temple of the Ashtoreths(A) and fastened his body to the wall of Beth Shan.(B)

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26 “But they were disobedient and rebelled against you; they turned their backs on your law.(A) They killed(B) your prophets,(C) who had warned them in order to turn them back to you; they committed awful blasphemies.(D)

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56 But they put God to the test
    and rebelled against the Most High;
    they did not keep his statutes.

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10 They have returned to the sins of their ancestors,(A) who refused to listen to my words.(B) They have followed other gods(C) to serve them.(D) Both Israel and Judah have broken the covenant(E) I made with their ancestors.

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