Judges 2:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 2:12, NIV: They forsook the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the LORD's anger

Judges 2:12, ESV: And they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them. And they provoked the LORD to anger.

Judges 2:12, KJV: And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.

Judges 2:12, NASB: and they abandoned the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and they followed other gods from the gods of the peoples who were around them, and bowed down to them; so they provoked the LORD to anger.

Judges 2:12, NLT: They abandoned the LORD, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the LORD.

Judges 2:12, CSB: and abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed other gods from the surrounding peoples and bowed down to them. They angered the Lord,

What does Judges 2:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Before Israel came to the Promised Land of Canaan, God gave them both instruction and a warning. The Lord made it clear that Israel was to entirely purge the depraved, evil Canaanite culture from the region. Israel was not to tolerate, absorb, or accept them. A major reason for this was the danger of Israel learning to imitate the Canaanite's evil practices (Deuteronomy 20:16–18). Another further reason was that God's judgment on Canaanite sin was meant to come through conquest by Israel (Deuteronomy 7:1–5; 9:4–5).

Instead, Israel abandoned the Lord. The God of their Fathers dramatically and miraculously rescued them from slavery in Egypt (Judges 2:10). He was far and above more powerful, of course, than the false gods of the people of the land they would choose who worship, instead. Rather than worship God, the people worshiped Canaanite idols. This passage twice uses the term "abandoned," implying the Israelites did not slowly drift into idolatry. They jumped into it, deliberately choosing the gods of Canaan over the God of Abraham. These false deities are referred to using names such as Baal and Ashtaroth.

The result of these choices is a phrase that should be terrifying: "…they provoked the LORD to anger." Joshua had warned the people about this before he died, putting it in the harshest terms possible, "If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good" (Joshua 24:20). At that time, the people had claimed they would "serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:21). Instead, they will see what God will do when they reject Him.