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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 see other translations

“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 worshiped 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

 
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