Main point summary
Our hearts grow harder when we refuse to listen to God. God's heart grows more tender when He hears our groanings.
Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges,
Nevertheless the lord raised up judges [by choosing certain men].
which delivered them
These judges delivered God's people [The LORD was with the judge leading His people into battle and fighting for and with them]
out of the hand of those that spoiled them.
from those who brought them shame and disgrace.
And yet they would not hearken unto their judges,
The people still would not listen [which accounts for the fact that they later went after false gods] to their own judges [the very men that God Himself selected to deliver them!] .
but they went a whoring after other gods,
But the people went a whoring after other Gods [which accounts for the fact that they quickly turned from obeying God later down the road]
and bowed themselves unto them:
and bowed themselves down to them.
they turned quickly out of the way
They turned aside [quickly, eagerly, and willingly] from the path of obedience
which their fathers walked in,
in which their fathers had walked [accounting for their blessings and prosperity]
obeying the commandments of the LORD;
in obeying the commandments of the LORD.
but they did not so.
They did not do as their fathers [therefore they always fell victim to their enemies] .
And when the LORD raised them up judges,
then the LORD was with the judge,
This is a serious and solemn point!
and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies
The LORD Himself delivered His people. The judge was simply a medium through whom He operated.
all the days of the judge:
for it repented the LORD
for the LORD was repeatedly moved to pity . [ Our hearts grow hard, but God's heart grows more tender when he hears our groanings!]
because of their groanings
by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.