In the time period between Joshua and Samuel the Prophet, there was no king in Israel. The people did what was right in their own eyes. Since Israel did not drive all the people out of Canaan, they became a thorn in the side of Israel. Israel jumped between the wide road and the narrow road. “The flesh and the Spirit”
They would turn to the Gods of the people around them, GOD would send them into captivity and slavery, then they would turn back to GOD and He would send a deliverer (a Judge). They thought serving GOD and keeping His commandments was too hard until GOD would send then into slavery, then they changed their minds and turned back to Him.
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