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Israel Returns to Baal Worship

33 After Gideon died, the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They made Baal Berith[a] their god. 34 The Israelites did not remain true[b] to the Lord their God, who had delivered them from all the enemies who lived around them. 35 They did not treat[c] the family of Jerub Baal (that is, Gideon) fairly in return for all the good he had done for Israel.

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  1. Judges 8:33 sn Baal Berith was a local manifestation of the Canaanite storm god. The name means, ironically, “Baal of the covenant.” Israel’s covenant allegiance had indeed shifted.
  2. Judges 8:34 tn Heb “remember.”
  3. Judges 8:35 tn Heb “did not do loyalty with,” or “did not act faithfully toward.”

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