After the dishonorable death of Abimelech, Tola succeeded Gideon as a judge to save Israel. He judged for twenty-three years and then he died.
Jair judged Israel during the next twenty-two years. He had thirty sons and each of these sons rode a donkey and had a town. They seemed to be prosperous for that time in history.
Following Jair’s death, the Israelites again turned to worshipping the Baals and Ashtoreths, gods of the nations around them. Baals were recognized as a group of male gods and Ashtoreths were considered to be female goddesses.
Since the children of Israel had forsaken God, He then forsook them and allowed the Philistines and Ammonites to oppress them. After eighteen years, they again cried out to the Lord, “We have sinned against You…”
BUT, God said to His children, “Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites…and you cried out to Me, and I delivered you…Yet you have forsaken Me…Therefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry out to the gods…let them deliver you…”
The Israelites continued to cry out in penitence. “And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.”