Judges 2:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 2:7, NIV: The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.

Judges 2:7, ESV: And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the LORD had done for Israel.

Judges 2:7, KJV: And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.

Judges 2:7, NASB: The people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of the LORD which He had done for Israel.

Judges 2:7, NLT: And the Israelites served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the leaders who outlived him--those who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.

Judges 2:7, CSB: The people worshiped the Lord throughout Joshua's lifetime and during the lifetimes of the elders who outlived Joshua. They had seen all the Lord's great works he had done for Israel.

What does Judges 2:7 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The writer of Judges is staging a second introduction to his book (Judges 2:6). To illustrate how Israel has fallen from their intended purpose, he has gone back to before Joshua had died. The passage here creates a context critical for understanding the rest of the book (Judges 2:11–15).

Joshua was a great leader for the Israelites. He served the people well after the death of Moses. He led them both in breaking the Canaanite stronghold on the land and in remaining faithful to the Lord. Under his leadership, the people continued to serve the Lord, until the day of his death (Joshua 24:27–31). In fact, Israel continued to serve the Lord while Joshua's fellow elders lived. These were the people who had seen firsthand some of the miraculous deeds God had performed in His care of Israel.