Judges 2:11
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New International Version
Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals.

New Living Translation
The Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight and served the images of Baal.

English Standard Version
And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals.

Berean Study Bible
And the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals.

New American Standard Bible
Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals,

King James Bible
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

Christian Standard Bible
The Israelites did what was evil in the LORD's sight. They worshiped the Baals

Good News Translation
Then the people of Israel sinned against the LORD and began to serve the Baals.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Israelites did what was evil in the LORD's sight. They worshiped the Baals

International Standard Version
So the Israelis practiced what the LORD considered to be evil by worshiping Canaanite deities.

NET Bible
The Israelites did evil before the LORD by worshiping the Baals.

New Heart English Bible
The children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people of Israel did what the LORD considered evil. They began to serve other gods-the Baals.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baalim.

New American Standard 1977
Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baals,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baalim.

King James 2000 Bible
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

American King James Version
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

American Standard Version
And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, and served the Baalim;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they served Baalim.

Darby Bible Translation
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of Jehovah, and served the Baals.

English Revised Version
And the children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and served the Baalim:

Webster's Bible Translation
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

World English Bible
The children of Israel did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and served the Baals;

Young's Literal Translation
And the sons of Israel do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, and serve the Baalim,
Study Bible
Israel's Unfaithfulness
10After that whole generation had also been gathered to their fathers, another generation rose up, who did not know the LORD or the works He had done for Israel. 11And the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. 12Thus they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and they followed after various gods of the people all around them. They bowed down to them and provoked the LORD to anger,…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 31:16
And the LORD said to Moses, “You will soon rest with your fathers, and these people will rise up and prostitute themselves with the foreign gods of the land they are entering. They will forsake Me and break the covenant I have made with them.

Judges 3:7
So the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD; they forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs.

Judges 3:12
Once again the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD. So He gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.

Judges 4:1
After Ehud died, the Israelites again did evil in the sight of the LORD.

Judges 6:1
Again the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD; so He handed them over to Midian for seven years,

Judges 6:25
On that very night the LORD said to Gideon, “Take your father’s young bull and a second bull seven years old, tear down your father's altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.

Judges 8:33
And as soon as Gideon was dead, the Israelites turned and prostituted themselves with the Baals, and they set up Baal-berith as their god.

Judges 10:6
And again the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD. They served the Baals, the Ashtoreths, the gods of Aram, Sidon, and Moab, and the gods of the Ammonites and Philistines. Thus they forsook the LORD and did not serve Him.

Judges 13:1
Again the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD, so the LORD delivered them into the hands the Philistines for forty years.

1 Kings 22:53
Ahaziah served and worshiped Baal, provoking the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger, just as his father had done.

Nehemiah 9:26
But they were disobedient and rebelled against You; they flung Your law behind their backs. They killed Your prophets who had admonished them to turn back to You. They committed terrible blasphemies.

Psalm 78:56
But they tested and disobeyed God Most High, for they did not keep His decrees.

Jeremiah 11:10
They have returned to the sins of their forefathers who refused to obey My words. They have followed other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant I made with their fathers.

Treasury of Scripture

And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:

did evil

Judges 4:1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, …

Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and …

Judges 13:1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD…

Genesis 13:13 But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly.

Genesis 38:7 And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the LORD; and …

2 Chronicles 33:2,6 But did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, like to the …

Ezra 8:12 And of the sons of Azgad; Johanan the son of Hakkatan, and with him …

and served Baalim. Baalim, or lords, seems to have been the common appellation of the Syrian gods; whence we have Baal-peor, Baal-zebub, etc.

Judges 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and …

Judges 10:6,10 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, …

1 Samuel 7:4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and …

1 Kings 18:18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but you, and your father's …

2 Chronicles 28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten …

2 Chronicles 33:3 For he built again the high places which Hezekiah his father had …

Jeremiah 2:23 How can you say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? …

Jeremiah 9:14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after …

Hosea 2:13-17 And I will visit on her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense …







(11) Did evil in the sight of the Lord.--Rather, "the evil." Used especially of apostasy (see Judges 3:7-12; Judges 4:1; Judges 6:1; Judges 10:6; Judges 13:1). They fell into the very idolatry against which they had been emphatically warned (Deuteronomy 4:19).

Baalim.--Rather, "the Baalim." Baal means "lord," or "possessor," and in its idolatrous sense was applied especially to the sun, that was worshipped as the great nature-power, under a multitude of different names and attributes. Baal-worship was evidently Phoenician (M�vers, Ph�nizier, 184, ? 9), and the traces of it are still seen in the Carthaginian names, Hasdru-bal, Hannibal, Maherbal, Adherbal, &c.

" With these came they who, from the bordering flood

Of old Euphrates to the brook that parts

Egypt from Syrian ground, had general names

Of Baalim and Ashtaroth: those male,

These feminine."

Milton, Par. Lost, i. 420.

The splendour of the worship, as well as its sensual and orgiastic character, made it very attractive to the backsliding Israelites (1Kings 16:32; 1 Kings 28:26; 2Kings 11:18; 2Kings 10:22; Jeremiah 7:9; Jeremiah 19:5). In Scripture we read of Baalzebub ("lord of filth, or flies"); a Jewish term of scorn for Baalzebul, ("lord of the heavenly habitation"); Baal-samin (Song of Solomon 8:1; Plaut. Poem. v. 2, 67; Judges 10:10; Numbers 32:28); Baal-berith ("lord of the covenant," Judges 8:33), &c. In Hosea 2:16-17 there seems to be a warning against the too facile use of the word, "And it shall be in that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi (my husband), and shalt call me no more Baali (my lord). For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name." (Comp. Jeremiah 23:27; Zechariah 13:2.) It is at least doubtful whether the name has any philological connection with the Babylonian Bel.

And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord,.... Openly and publicly, boldly and impudently, in the very face of God, and amidst all the good things they received from him, which were aggravating circumstances of their sins; what the evil was they did is next observed:

and served Baalim; the idol Baal, as the Arabic version, of which there were many, and therefore a plural word is used; to which the apostle refers 1 Corinthians 8:5; for the word signifies "lords", and there were Baalpeor, Baalzebub, Baalberith, &c. and who seem to have their name from Bal, Bel, or Belus, a king of Babylon after Nimrod, and who was the first monarch that was deified, the Jupiter of the Heathens. Theophilus of Antioch (p) says, that, according to the history of Thallus, Belus the king of the Assyrians, whom they worshipped, was older than the Trojan war three hundred twenty two years; and that some call Cronus or Saturn Bel and Bal; by the Assyrians called Bel, and in the Punic or Phoenician language Bal (q).

(p) Ad Autolyc. l. 3. p. 138, 139. Vid. Lactant. de fals. Relig. l. 1. c. 23. (q) Servius in Virgil. Aeneid. 1. prope finem. Jud 2:11-19. Wickedness of the New Generation after Joshua.

11-19. the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord—This chapter, together with the first eight verses of the next [Jud 2:11-3:8], contains a brief but comprehensive summary of the principles developed in the following history. An attentive consideration of them, therefore, is of the greatest importance to a right understanding of the strange and varying phases of Israelitish history, from the death of Joshua till the establishment of the monarchy.

served Baalim—The plural is used to include all the gods of the country.2:6-23 We have a general idea of the course of things in Israel, during the time of the Judges. The nation made themselves as mean and miserable by forsaking God, as they would have been great and happy if they had continued faithful to him. Their punishment answered to the evil they had done. They served the gods of the nations round about them, even the meanest, and God made them serve the princes of the nations round about them, even the meanest. Those who have found God true to his promises, may be sure that he will be as true to his threatenings. He might in justice have abandoned them, but he could not for pity do it. The Lord was with the judges when he raised them up, and so they became saviours. In the days of the greatest distress of the church, there shall be some whom God will find or make fit to help it. The Israelites were not thoroughly reformed; so mad were they upon their idols, and so obstinately bent to backslide. Thus those who have forsaken the good ways of God, which they have once known and professed, commonly grow most daring and desperate in sin, and have their hearts hardened. Their punishment was, that the Canaanites were spared, and so they were beaten with their own rod. Men cherish and indulge their corrupt appetites and passions; therefore God justly leaves them to themselves, under the power of their sins, which will be their ruin. God has told us how deceitful and desperately wicked our hearts are, but we are not willing to believe it, until by making bold with temptation we find it true by sad experience. We need to examine how matters stand with ourselves, and to pray without ceasing, that we may be rooted and grounded in love, and that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith. Let us declare war against every sin, and follow after holiness all our days.



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