2:17 But they did not obey 1 their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped 2 them. They quickly turned aside from the path 3 their ancestors 4 had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the Lord’s commands, but they did not. 5 2:18 When the Lord raised up leaders for them, the Lord was with each leader and delivered the people 6 from their enemies while the leader remained alive. The Lord felt sorry for them 7 when they cried out in agony because of what their harsh oppressors did to them. 8
1 tn Or “did not listen to.”
2 tn Or “bowed before.”
3 tn Or “way [of life].”
4 tn Or “fathers.”
5 tn Heb “…walked, obeying the
6 tn Heb “them”; the referent (the people) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
7 tn The phrase “for them” is supplied in the translation for clarity.
8 tn Heb “the ones oppressing them and afflicting them.” The synonyms “oppressing” and “afflicting” are joined together in the translation as “harsh oppressors” to emphasize the cruel character of their enemies.