Once again we notice a break in the usual cycle and flow of the book of Judges. Usually we will read about the sins of the nation and the subsequent oppression from a foreign nation after the death of the judge. Then we read about God giving the people another deliverer to save them from oppression. Gideon has died and read about the people falling back into idolatry (8:33-34). Instead of reading about a cry to God for help, we are going to see the continuing decline of Israel’s morality.
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