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It came to pass when Gideon died that the children of Israel turned back and prostituted themselves by going after the Baals, and made Baal-berith their god. Bible

“It came to pass when Gideon died.” This starts another section of Judges, after Gideon died. It would have been helpful to start chapter 9 with this verse.

“the children of Israel turned back.” (cp. Judges 2:19).

“Baal-berith.” More literally, “Baal of the Covenant.” It likely means that the people who worshipped this Baal made a covenant with him, or the local people made a covenant with him. Of course, this is a direct insult to God, who had made a covenant with Israel (Exod. 24).


Commentary for: Judges 8:33