Judges 2:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 2:14, NIV: In his anger against Israel the LORD gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist.

Judges 2:14, ESV: So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies.

Judges 2:14, KJV: And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.

Judges 2:14, NASB: Then the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and He handed them over to plunderers, and they plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them, so that they could no longer stand against their enemies.

Judges 2:14, NLT: This made the LORD burn with anger against Israel, so he handed them over to raiders who stole their possessions. He turned them over to their enemies all around, and they were no longer able to resist them.

Judges 2:14, CSB: The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and he handed them over to marauders who raided them. He sold them to the enemies around them, and they could no longer resist their enemies.

What does Judges 2:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The sin of the Israelites went beyond merely bowing down to other gods. That, alone, would have been enough to earn the Lord's anger (Judges 2:11–13). Israel went further, though, imitating the depraved practices of the Canaanites, as God had commanded them to avoid (Deuteronomy 20:16–18). This would have included participating in extreme sexual immorality associated with the worship of Baal and Ashtaroth, as well as human or child sacrifice.

With His anger burning, the Lord took steps to actively punish Israel, just as Joshua said He would if they worshiped other gods (Joshua 24:20). The Lord allowed raiders to come against the tribes. These oppressors would take belongings and, likely, people. God allowed the Israelites to fall into the hands of their enemies, such that Israel could not resist those who attacked.

Scripture doesn't yet say who these antagonists are. The early verses of chapter 3 will give a broad summary of the nations who troubled Israel. To a large extent, their identity isn't important. Israel's sin was against God; He used the wicked nations around them to cause harm in punishment for breaking their covenant with Him.