Judges 2:3
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New International Version
And I have also said, 'I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.'"

New Living Translation
So now I declare that I will no longer drive out the people living in your land. They will be thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a constant temptation to you."

English Standard Version
So now I say, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall become thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.”

New American Standard Bible
"Therefore I also said, 'I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.'"

King James Bible
Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, I now say: I will not drive out these people before you. They will be thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a trap for you."

International Standard Version
Therefore I'm now saying, 'I won't expel them before you. Instead, they'll remain at your side, and their gods will ensnare you.'"

NET Bible
At that time I also warned you, 'If you disobey, I will not drive out the Canaanites before you. They will ensnare you and their gods will lure you away.'"

New Heart English Bible
Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you, but they will become your adversaries, and their gods shall be a snare to you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I have this to say, 'I will not force them out of your way. They will be like thorns in your sides, and their gods will become a trap for you.'"

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore I also said: I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be unto you as snares, and their gods shall be a trap unto you.'

New American Standard 1977
“Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they shall become as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore, I also said, I will not drive them out from before you, but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

American King James Version
Why I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.

American Standard Version
Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wherefore I would not destroy them from before your face: that you may have enemies, and their gods may be your ruin.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be [scourges] in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

English Revised Version
Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.

World English Bible
Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be [as thorns] in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you."

Young's Literal Translation
And I also have said, I do not cast them out from your presence, and they have been to you for adversaries, and their gods are to you for a snare.'
Study Bible
Israel Rebuked at Bochim
2and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.' But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done? 3"Therefore I also said, I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.'" 4When the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:33
"They shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."

Numbers 33:55
But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall come about that those whom you let remain of them will become as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they will trouble you in the land in which you live.

Joshua 23:13
know with certainty that the LORD your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you.

Judges 2:4
When the angel of the LORD spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people lifted up their voices and wept.
Treasury of Scripture

Why I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.

I also said

Judges 2:21 I also will not from now on drive out any from before them of the …

Numbers 33:55 But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before …

Joshua 23:13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out …

their gods

Judges 3:6 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters …

Exodus 23:33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against …

Exodus 34:12 Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants …

Deuteronomy 7:16 And you shall consume all the people which the LORD your God shall …

1 Kings 11:1-7 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter …

Psalm 106:36 And they served their idols: which were a snare to them.

(3) Wherefore I also said.--Rather, And now I have said.

I will not drive them out.--The withdrawal of the conditional promises in Exodus 23:31.

They shall be as thorns in your sides.--The Hebrew is, "they shall be to you for sides." The words "as thorns" are conjecturally supplied from Numbers 33:55. In Joshua 23:13 we have "scourges in your sides." The LXX. render "for pressures," and the Vulgate "that you may have enemies." The Hebrew word for "sides" is tsiddim, and would differ little from tsarim ("nets"), which is the conjecture of R. Jonas; and this root is found in the verb, "and they shall vex you," in Numbers 33:55. Whether we adopt this reading, or tsinnim ("thorns"), or suppose that a word has dropped out, the general sense is the same.

Their gods shall be a snare unto you.--See Judges 2:12-13; Psalm 106:36.

Verse 3. - I said, i.e. I now declare to you my resolve. It was this that made the people weep. Thorns in your sides. This is not a translation of the Hebrew text, which only has "for sides," but a partial adaptation of Joshua 23:13, where the phrase is "scourges in your sides and thorns in your eyes." Either the words for "scourges in" have fallen out of the text, or the word here rendered "sides" should be rendered, as some think, "enemies." A snare. See Judges 8:27, note. Wherefore I also said,.... Supposing, or on condition of their being guilty of the above things, which was foreseen they would:

I will not drive them out from before you; the seven nations of the Canaanites entirely, and which accounts for the various instances related in the preceding chapter; where it is observed, that they could not, or did not, drive the old inhabitants out of such and such places, because they sinned against the Lord, and he forsook them, and would not assist them in their enterprises, or them to their sloth and indolence:

but they shall be as thorns in your sides: very troublesome and afflicting, see Numbers 33:55; or for straits, as the Septuagint, or be such as would bring them into tribulation, and distress them, as the Targum; so they often did:

and their gods shall be a snare unto you; which they suffered to continue, and did not destroy them, as they ought to have done; they would be, as they proved, ensnaring to them, and whereby they were drawn to forsake the worship of the true God, and bow down to them, as we read in some following verses. 2:1-5 It was the great Angel of the covenant, the Word, the Son of God, who spake with Divine authority as Jehovah, and now called them to account for their disobedience. God sets forth what he had done for Israel, and what he had promised. Those who throw off communion with God, and have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, know not what they do now, and will have nothing to say for themselves in the day of account shortly. They must expect to suffer for this their folly. Those deceive themselves who expect advantages from friendship with God's enemies. God often makes men's sin their punishment; and thorns and snares are in the way of the froward, who will walk contrary to God. The people wept, crying out against their own folly and ingratitude. They trembled at the word, and not without cause. It is a wonder sinners can ever read the Bible with dry eyes. Had they kept close to God and their duty, no voice but that of singing had been heard in their congregation; but by their sin and folly they made other work for themselves, and nothing is to be heard but the voice of weeping. The worship of God, in its own nature, is joy, praise, and thanksgiving; our sins alone render weeping needful. It is pleasing to see men weep for their sins; but our tears, prayers, and even amendment, cannot atone for sin.
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