Judg. 1:1-2:10; 21:25
Joshua is dead. Life for Israel moves forward. “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
Israel consisted of twelve loosely knit tribes basically “doing their own thing.” The Promised Land had been distributed to each of the tribes before the inhabitants had been completely driven out. Judah and Simeon banded together to take their respective possessions. Other tribes also claimed their inheritances. However, they did not completely drive out the Canaanites, but chose to dwell among them with their gods. They had broken their covenant with God!