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Juízes 2

O Anjo do Senhor em Boquim

1O Anjo do Senhor subiu de Gilgal a Boquim e disse: “Tirei vocês do Egito e os trouxe para a terra que prometi com juramento dar a seus antepassados. Eu disse: Jamais quebrarei a minha aliança com vocês. E vocês não farão acordo com o povo desta terra, mas demolirão os seus altares. Por que vocês não me obedeceram? Portanto, agora lhes digo que não os expulsarei da presença de vocês; eles serão seus adversários, e os deuses deles serão uma armadilha para vocês”.

Quando o Anjo do Senhor acabou de falar a todos os israelitas, o povo chorou em alta voz, e ao lugar chamaram Boquim[a]. Ali ofereceram sacrifícios ao Senhor.

Desobediência e Derrota

Depois que Josué despediu os israelitas, eles saíram para ocupar a terra, cada um a sua herança. O povo prestou culto ao Senhor durante toda a vida de Josué e dos líderes que sobreviveram a Josué e que tinham visto todos os grandes feitos do Senhor em favor de Israel.

Josué, filho de Num, servo do Senhor, morreu com a idade de cento e dez anos. Foi sepultado na terra de sua herança, em Timnate-Heres[b], nos montes de Efraim, ao norte do monte Gaás.

10 Depois que toda aquela geração foi reunida a seus antepassados, surgiu uma nova geração que não conhecia o Senhor e o que ele havia feito por Israel. 11 Então os israelitas fizeram o que o Senhor reprova e prestaram culto aos baalins. 12 Abandonaram o Senhor, o Deus dos seus antepassados, que os havia tirado do Egito, e seguiram e adoraram vários deuses dos povos ao seu redor, provocando a ira do Senhor. 13 Abandonaram o Senhor e prestaram culto a Baal e a Astarote. 14 A ira do Senhor se acendeu contra Israel, e ele os entregou nas mãos de invasores que os saquearam. Ele os entregou aos inimigos ao seu redor, aos quais já não conseguiam resistir. 15 Sempre que os israelitas saíam para a batalha, a mão do Senhor era contra eles para derrotá-los, conforme lhes havia advertido e jurado. Grande angústia os dominava.

16 Então o Senhor levantou juízes[c], que os libertaram das mãos daqueles que os atacavam. 17 Mesmo assim eles não quiseram ouvir os juízes, antes se prostituíram com outros deuses e os adoraram. Ao contrário dos seus antepassados, logo se desviaram do caminho pelo qual os seus antepassados tinham andado, o caminho da obediência aos mandamentos do Senhor. 18 Sempre que o Senhor lhes levantava um juiz, ele estava com o juiz e os salvava das mãos de seus inimigos enquanto o juiz vivia; pois o Senhor tinha misericórdia por causa dos gemidos deles diante daqueles que os oprimiam e os afligiam. 19 Mas, quando o juiz morria, o povo voltava a caminhos ainda piores do que os caminhos dos seus antepassados, seguindo outros deuses, prestando-lhes culto e adorando-os. Recusavam-se a abandonar suas práticas e seu caminho obstinado.

20 Por isso a ira do Senhor acendeu-se contra Israel, e ele disse: “Como este povo violou a aliança que fiz com os seus antepassados e não tem ouvido a minha voz, 21 não expulsarei de diante dele nenhuma das nações que Josué deixou quando morreu. 22 Eu as usarei para pôr Israel à prova e ver se guardará o caminho do Senhor e se andará nele como o fizeram os seus antepassados”. 23 O Senhor havia permitido que essas nações permanecessem; não as expulsou de imediato, e não as entregou nas mãos de Josué.

Footnotes

  1. 2.5 Boquim significa pranteadores.
  2. 2.9 Também conhecida como Timnate-Sera. Veja Js 19.50 e 24.30.
  3. 2.16 Ou líderes; também nos versículos 17-19.

New International Reader's Version

Judges 2

The Angel of the Lord Warns Israel at Bokim

1The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim. There he said to the Israelites, “I brought you up out of Egypt. I led you into this land. It is the land I promised to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. At that time I said, ‘I will never break the covenant I made with you. So you must not make a covenant with the people of this land. Instead, you must tear down their altars.’ But you have disobeyed me. Why did you do it? I have said something else. I said, ‘I will not drive out those people to make room for you. They and their gods will become traps for you.’ ”

The angel of the Lord spoke these things to all the Israelites. Then the people wept out loud. So that place was called Bokim. The people offered sacrifices there to the Lord.

The People Disobey the Lord and Lose Their Battles

Joshua sent the Israelites away. Then they went to take over the land. All of them went to their own shares of land. The people served the Lord as long as Joshua lived. They also served him as long as the elders lived. Those were the elders who lived longer than Joshua did. They had seen all the great things the Lord had done for Israel.

Joshua, the servant of the Lord, died. He was the son of Nun. He was 110 years old when he died. His people buried him on his own property at Timnath Heres. It’s north of Mount Gaash in the hill country of Ephraim.

10 All the people of Joshua’s time joined the members of their families who had already died. Then those who were born after them grew up. They didn’t know the Lord and what he had done for Israel. 11 The Israelites did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They served gods that were named Baal. 12 They deserted the Lord, the God of their people. He had brought them out of Egypt. But now the Israelites served other gods and worshiped them. They served the gods of the nations that were around them. They made the Lord angry 13 because they deserted him. They served Baal. They also served female gods that were named Ashtoreth. 14 The Lord became angry with the Israelites. So he handed them over to robbers. The robbers stole everything from them. The Lord handed the Israelites over to their enemies all around them. Israel wasn’t able to fight against them anymore and win. 15 When the Israelites went out to fight, the Lord’s power was against them. He let their enemies win the battle over them. The Lord had warned them that it would happen. And now they were suffering terribly.

16 Then the Lord gave them leaders. The leaders saved them from the power of those robbers. 17 But the people wouldn’t listen to their leaders. They weren’t faithful to the Lord. They served other gods and worshiped them. They didn’t obey the Lord’s commands as their people before them had done. They quickly turned away from the path their people had taken. 18 When the Lord gave them a leader, he was with that leader. The Lord saved the people from the power of their enemies. He did it as long as the leader lived. The Lord felt very sorry for the people. They groaned because of what their enemies did to them. Their enemies treated them badly. 19 But when the leader died, the people returned to their evil ways. The things they did were even more sinful than the things their people before them had done. They served other gods and worshiped them. They refused to give up their evil practices. They wouldn’t change their stubborn ways.

20 So the Lord became very angry with the Israelites. He said, “This nation has broken my covenant. I made it with their people of long ago. But this nation has not listened to me. 21 Joshua left some nations in the land when he died. I will no longer drive out those nations to make room for Israel. 22 I will use those nations to test Israel. I will see whether Israel will live the way I, the Lord, want them to. I will see whether they will be like their people of long ago. I will see whether they will follow my path.” 23 The Lord had let those nations remain in the land. He didn’t drive them out right away. He didn’t hand them over to Joshua.