Judges 10:16
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New International Version
Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the LORD. And he could bear Israel's misery no longer.

New Living Translation
Then the Israelites put aside their foreign gods and served the LORD. And he was grieved by their misery.

English Standard Version
So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD, and he became impatient over the misery of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD; and He could bear the misery of Israel no longer.

King James Bible
And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So they got rid of the foreign gods among them and worshiped the LORD, and He became weary of Israel's misery.

International Standard Version
When they put away their foreign gods and served the LORD, he brought Israel's misery to an end.

NET Bible
They threw away the foreign gods they owned and worshiped the LORD. Finally the LORD grew tired of seeing Israel suffer so much.

New Heart English Bible
They put away the foreign gods from among them, and served the LORD; and his soul was grieved with the misery of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they got rid of the foreign gods they had and served the LORD. So the LORD could not bear to have Israel suffer any longer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD; and His soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
So they put away the foreign gods from among them, and served the LORD; and He could bear the misery of Israel no longer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they put away the strange gods from among them and served the LORD; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
And they put away the foreign gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

American King James Version
And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

American Standard Version
And they put away the foreign gods from among them, and served Jehovah; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And saying these things, they cast away out of their coasts all the idols of strange gods and served the Lord their God: and he was touched with their miseries.

Darby Bible Translation
And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served Jehovah; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

English Revised Version
And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

World English Bible
They put away the foreign gods from among them, and served Yahweh; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And they turn aside the gods of the stranger out of their midst, and serve Jehovah, and His soul is grieved with the misery of Israel.
Study Bible
Philistine and Ammonite Oppression
15The sons of Israel said to the LORD, "We have sinned, do to us whatever seems good to You; only please deliver us this day." 16So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD; and He could bear the misery of Israel no longer. 17Then the sons of Ammon were summoned and they camped in Gilead. And the sons of Israel gathered together and camped in Mizpah.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 32:36
"For the LORD will vindicate His people, And will have compassion on His servants, When He sees that their strength is gone, And there is none remaining, bond or free.

Joshua 24:23
"Now therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel."

1 Samuel 7:3
Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, "If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines."

1 Samuel 12:10
"They cried out to the LORD and said, 'We have sinned because we have forsaken the LORD and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.'

Psalm 73:21
When my heart was embittered And I was pierced within,

Isaiah 63:9
In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

Jeremiah 31:20
"Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a delightful child? Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

they put

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, …

2 Chronicles 15:8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, …

2 Chronicles 33:15 And he took away the strange gods, and the idol out of the house of the LORD…

Jeremiah 18:7,8 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning …

Ezekiel 18:30-32 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according …

Hosea 14:1-3,8 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity…

strange gods. Heb. gods of strangers. His soul

Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it …

Psalm 106:44,45 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry…

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence …

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

Hosea 11:8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great …

Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

John 11:34 And said, Where have you laid him? They said to him, Lord, come and see.

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, …

Hebrews 3:10 Why I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always …

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling …

grieved. Heb. shortened. Not that there is any grief in God; he has infinite joy and happiness in himself, which cannot be broken in upon by either the sins or the miseries of his creatures. Not that there is any change in God; for he is of one mind, and who can turn him? But his goodness is his glory; by it he proclaims his name, and magnifies it; and as he is pleased to put himself into the relation of a father to his people, so he is pleased to represent his goodness to them by the compassion of a father to his children; for as he is the Father of lights, so is he the Father of mercies.

(16) They put away the strange gods.--The moment the sincerity of their repentance was proved, God hears them (Genesis 35:1; 1Samuel 7:3; 2Chronicles 15:8).

His soul was grieved.--Literally, was shortened. (Comp. Zechariah 11:8.)

Verse 16. - And they put away the strange gods. Here at length were "the fruits meet for repentance," and "the returning to the Lord their God;" the intended result of the severe but loving correction (see Homiletics, Judges 6:25-32). Cf. Genesis 35:2; 1 Samuel 7:3, in which passages, as here, the phrase the strange gods is the correct rendering; not, as in the margin, gods of strangers. The Hebrew phrase here rendered his soul was grieved occurs Numbers 21:4; Judges 16:16; Zechariah 11:2; it means was impatient - literally, was shortened, i.e. he could bear it no longer. A somewhat similar description of the Divine relenting is contained in the beautiful passage Hosea 11:7-9. And they put away the strange gods from among them,.... Which was an evidence of the truth of their repentance, and showed their confessions and humiliations to be genuine:

and served the Lord; and him only, both in private and public; in the observance of duties, both moral and ceremonial; in an attendance on the service of the sanctuary, and by offering sacrifices to God there, according to his will:

and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel; which is to be understood after the manner of men; for grief properly does not belong to God, there being no passion in him; but it denotes a carriage or behaviour of his, which shows what looks like sympathy in men; a love and affection for Israel, notwithstanding their ill behaviour to him, and a change of his dispensations Providence towards them, according to his unchangeable will; so Maimonides (b) understands it of the good will and pleasure of God, to cease from afflicting the people of Israel; but Abarbinel is of opinion that this refers to the soul of Israel, which was shortened and contracted, as the word signifies, because of the labour of servitude, the affliction and distress they were in.

(b) Moreh Nevochim, par. 1. c. 41. Jud 10:16-18. They Repent; God Pities Them.

16. they put away the strange gods … and served the Lord; and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel—On their abandonment of idolatry and return to purity of worship, God graciously abridged the term of national affliction and restored times of peace.10:10-18 God is able to multiply men's punishments according to the numbers of their sins and idols. But there is hope when sinners cry to the Lord for help, and lament their ungodliness as well as their more open transgressions. It is necessary, in true repentance, that there be a full conviction that those things cannot help us which we have set in competition with God. They acknowledged what they deserved, yet prayed to God not to deal with them according to their deserts. We must submit to God's justice, with a hope in his mercy. True repentance is not only for sin, but from sin. As the disobedience and misery of a child are a grief to a tender father, so the provocations of God's people are a grief to him. From him mercy never can be sought in vain. Let then the trembling sinner, and the almost despairing backslider, cease from debating about God's secret purposes, or from expecting to find hope from former experiences. Let them cast themselves on the mercy of God our Saviour, humble themselves under his hand, seek deliverance from the powers of darkness, separate themselves from sin, and from occasions of it, use the means of grace diligently, and wait the Lord's time, and so they shall certainly rejoice in his mercy.
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