The Bible in Its Traditions

Judges 2:20–3:6

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20  And the anger of YHWH was kindled against Israel; and He said: 'Because this nation have transgressed My covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto My voice;

20  And the Lord was very angry with Israel, and said, Forasmuch as this nation has forsaken my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and has not hearkened to my voice,

20  And the fury of the Lord was enraged against Israel, and he said: “For this people has made void my covenant, which I had formed with their fathers, and they have despised listening to my voice.

21  I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations that Joshua left when he died;

21  therefore I will not any more cast out a man of the nations before their face, which Joshua the son of Naue left in the land. And the Lord left them,

21  And so, I will not destroy the nations that Joshua left behind when he died,

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22  that by them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of YHWH to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.'

22  so that, by them, I may test Israel, as to whether or not they will keep the way of the Lord, and walk in it, just as their fathers kept it.”

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23  So YHWH left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered He them into the hand of Joshua.

23  So the Lord will leave these nations, so as not to cast them out suddenly; and he delivered them not into the hand of Joshua.

23  Therefore, the Lord left all these nations, and he was not willing to quickly overthrow them, nor did he deliver them into the hands of Joshua.

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3:1  Now these are the nations which YHWH left, to prove Israel by them, even as many as had not known all the wars of Canaan;

And these are the nations which the Lord left to prove Israel with them, all that had not known the wars of Chanaan.

These are the nations which the Lord left, so that by them he might instruct Israel and all who had not known the wars of the Canaanites,

3:2  only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as beforetime knew nothing thereof;

Only for the sake of the generations of Israel, to teach them war, only the men before them knew them not.

so that afterward their sons might learn to contend with their enemies, and to have a willingness to do battle

3:3  namely, the five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Zidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the entrance of Hamath.

The five lordships of the Phylistines, and every Chananite, and the Sidonian, and the Evite who dwelt in Libanus from the mount of Aermon to Laboemath.

the five princes of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites who were living on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-Hermon as far as the entrance to Hamath.

3:4  And they were there, to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of YHWH, which He commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

And this was done in order to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commands of the Lord, which he charged their fathers by the hand of Moses.

And he left them, so that by them he might test Israel, as to whether or not they would listen to the commandments of the Lord, which he instructed to their fathers by the hand of Moses.

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3:5  And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites;

So the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hivites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hittites, and Jebusites;

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3:6  and they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.