Judges 2:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 2:6, NIV: After Joshua had dismissed the Israelites, they went to take possession of the land, each to their own inheritance.

Judges 2:6, ESV: When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land.

Judges 2:6, KJV: And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.

Judges 2:6, NASB: When Joshua had dismissed the people, the sons of Israel went, each one to his inheritance, to take possession of the land.

Judges 2:6, NLT: After Joshua sent the people away, each of the tribes left to take possession of the land allotted to them.

Judges 2:6, CSB: Previously, when Joshua had sent the people away, the Israelites had gone to take possession of the land, each to his own inheritance.

What does Judges 2:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

There is a significant break between the events of Judges 2:1–5 and verse 6. Joshua was not at Bochim when the angel of the Lord rebuked the people. The events which inspired God's rebuke happened after Joshua's death (Judges 1:1). Rather, the writer of Judges makes a poetic choice to re-tell how Israel came to enter a cycle of sin and oppression (Judges 2:11–15). This passage provides the context of what God is doing, through the people's sin and a series of rescuers: the judges.

To set this stage properly, the writer of Judges goes back to Joshua and repeats some of the information from Joshua 24. The initial campaign to take the land of Canaan has ended. Joshua sends the tribes to take possession of their specific territories in the land and to begin to drive out the Canaanites (Joshua 24:29–31).