Judges 3:1-7 New International Version

The Nations Left to Test Israel

3 1  These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan 2  (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience): 3  the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo Hamath. 4  They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the Lord's commands, which he had given their ancestors through Moses. 5  The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 6  They took their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.

Othniel Delivers Israel from Chushan-rishathaim

7  The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs.



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