2:7 The people worshiped 1 the Lord throughout Joshua’s lifetime and as long as the elderly men 2 who outlived him remained alive. These men had witnessed 3 all the great things the Lord had done for Israel. 4 2:8 Joshua son of Nun, the Lord’s servant, died at the age of one hundred ten. 2:9 The people 5 buried him in his allotted land 6 in Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. 2:10 That entire generation passed away; 7 a new generation grew up 8 that had not personally experienced the Lord’s presence or seen what he had done for Israel. 9
2:17 But they did not obey 10 their leaders. Instead they prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped 11 them. They quickly turned aside from the path 12 their ancestors 13 had walked. Their ancestors had obeyed the Lord’s commands, but they did not. 14
2:19 When a leader died, the next generation 15 would again 16 act more wickedly than the previous one. 17 They would follow after other gods, worshiping them 18 and bowing down to them. They did not give up 19 their practices or their stubborn ways.
1 tn Or “served”; or “followed.”
2 tn Or perhaps “elders,” which could be interpreted to mean “leaders.”
3 tn Heb “all the days of Joshua and all the days of the old men who outlived him, who had seen.”
4 tn Heb “the great work of the
5 tn Heb “they”; the referent (the people) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
6 tn Heb “in the territory of his inheritance.”
7 tn Heb “All that generation were gathered to their fathers.”
8 tn Heb “arose after them.”
9 tn Heb “that did not know the
10 tn Or “did not listen to.”
11 tn Or “bowed before.”
12 tn Or “way [of life].”
13 tn Or “fathers.”
14 tn Heb “…walked, obeying the
15 tn Heb “they”; the referent (the next generation) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
16 tn The verb שׁוּב (shuv, “to return; to turn”) is sometimes translated “turn back” here, but it is probably used in an adverbial sense, indicating that the main action (“act wickedly”) is being repeated.
17 tn Heb “their fathers.”
sn The statement the next generation would again act more wickedly than the previous one must refer to the successive sinful generations after Joshua, not Joshua’s godly generation (cf. vv. 7, 17).
18 tn Or “serving [them]”; or “following [them].”
19 tn Or “drop.”