Judges 8:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 8:34, NIV: and did not remember the LORD their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side.

Judges 8:34, ESV: And the people of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side,

Judges 8:34, KJV: And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side:

Judges 8:34, NASB: So the sons of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who had saved them from the hands of all their enemies on every side;

Judges 8:34, NLT: They forgot the LORD their God, who had rescued them from all their enemies surrounding them.

Judges 8:34, CSB: The Israelites did not remember the Lord their God who had rescued them from the hand of the enemies around them.

What does Judges 8:34 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Following the death of God's deliverer, Gideon (Judges 8:32–33), the people of Israel began to sin in three specific ways. First, as described in the previous verse, they became unfaithful to the Lord. They once more worshipped the Canaanite deities known as Baals. They made a god known as Baal-berith their god in place of the One True God (Exodus 3:15; 20:1–6).

Second, in this verse, they once again forgot the Lord—they failed to "remember" Him. This implies an intentional setting aside of something. It doesn't mean they became unaware of God's existence or lost all memory of what had happened in the past. Rather, it means they stopped thinking those things mattered. They lived as if He didn't exist and worshipped as if He was not real.

The third sin is mentioned in the following verse: callousness to Gideon's surviving family (Judges 8:35).