4 And they began again to prosper and to wax great; and the twenty and sixth and seventh years passed away, and there was great aorder in the land; and they had formed their laws according to equity and justice.
5 And now there was nothing in all the land to hinder the people from prospering continually, except they should fall into transgression.
In the span of less than 5 years, the affairs of the people altered radically. They went from "great order" and general prosperity because of their righteousness to the church being broken up in all the land. A large group of people
17....were in a state of awful wickedness.
18 Now they did not sin ignorantly, for they knew the will of God concerning them, for it had been taught unto them; therefore they did wilfully rebel against God.
An outgrowth of the pride that was among them, was that they "set at defiance the law and the rights of their country." (v. 30) I pray that those who choose right are still more numerous than those who choose to defy the laws that bless us with liberty.