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Judges 3:5-8

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3:5 The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 3:6 They took the Canaanites’ daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites; 1  they worshiped 2  their gods as well.

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3:7 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. 3  They forgot the Lord their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs. 4  3:8 The Lord was furious with Israel 5  and turned them over to 6  King Cushan-Rishathaim 7  of Aram-Naharaim. They were Cushan-Rishathaim’s subjects 8  for eight years.

1 tn Heb “to their sons.”

2 tn Or “served”; or “followed” (this term occurs in the following verse as well).

3 tn Heb “in the eyes of the Lord.”

4 sn The Asherahs were local manifestations of the Canaanite goddess Asherah.

5 tn Or “The Lord’s anger burned (or raged) against Israel.”

6 tn Heb “sold them into the hands of.”

7 tn Or “Cushan the Doubly Wicked.”

8 tn Or “they served Cushan-Rishathaim.”



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