The people served the Lord all the days
    of the elders who 
outlived Joshua.  
When all that generation died,
generation arose
    who did not know the Lord.

Then the children of Israel did evil
    in the sight of the Lord,
    and served the Baals.  
They followed other 
    from among the people around them,
    and provoked the 
Lord to anger.  

So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers
    who despoiled them.  
And they were greatly distressed.

Nevertheless, the Lord raised up judges for them,
delivered them;
For the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning    
    because of those who oppressed
    and harassed them.

                                       --- Judges 2:7-16