Judges 2:18 - And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
|List of the Judges of Israel and Foreign Oppressors|
|The Oppressor||Years of Oppression||Judge - Deliverer||Years of Peace|
|Mesopotamia||8 Years||Othniel||40 Years|
|18 Years||Ehud||80 Years|
|The Canaanites||20 Years||Deborah|
|The Midianites||7 Years||Gideon||40 Years|
|The Ammonites||18 Years||Jephthah||6 Years|
|The Philistines||40 Years||Samson||20 Years|
|The Philistines||Eli||40 Years|
|The Philistines||Samuel||20 Years|
|Total||111 Years||339 Years|
The Judges were not necessarily actual judges or elders or rulers in accordance with the traditionally accepted title in ancient Israel. They were actually more like local deliverers who were raised up by God to bring relief to the oppression that was brought about by their enemies. The oppression came because of their lack of faith, although there were some who were faithful, as in the case of Boaz (Ruth 2-4).
Judges 2:17 - And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; [but] they did not so.