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Judges 3

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 1 Now these are the nations that the LORD left, that he might test Israel by them, even as many of Israel who had not experienced war in Canaan;

 2 Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know and be taught war, at the least those who before knew nothing of it.

 3 These nations are: the five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwelt in mount Lebanon from Mount Baalhermon to the entrance of Hamath.

 4 They were left for the testing of Israel to know whether they would listen to and obey the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers through Moses.

 5 Thus the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites;

 6 And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons; and they served their gods.

 7 So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals [the god worshiped by the Canaanites]and the Asherah [wooden symbol of a female deity ].

 8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years.

 9 But when the children of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel; they were delivered by Othniel, the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.

 10 The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

 11 And the land had rest forty years. Then Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

 12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.

 13 And Eglon gathered to him the men of Ammon and Amalek, and went and struck Israel, and they took possession of the city of palm trees [Jericho].

 14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

 15 But when the children of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a left handed man; and the children of Israel sent him with a tribute to Eglon the king of Moab.

 16 Now Ehud made himself a sword that had two edges, a cubit long, and he fastened it under his clothes upon his right thigh.

 17 And he brought the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man.

 18 When Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who had carried the tribute.

 19 And he himself went with them as far as the stone idols that were by Gilgal, and then turned back to Elgon and said, "I have a secret message for you, O king." And Elgon commanded, "Keep silence." And all who attended him left him.

 20 So Ehud came to him as he was sitting in a summer parlor, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, "I have a message from God to you." And Eglon arose out of his seat.

 21 Then Ehud put out his left hand and took the sword from his right thigh and thrust it into his belly.

 22 And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the sword out of his belly, and the refuse came out.

 23 Then Ehud went out through the porch and shut the doors of the parlor upon him and locked them.

 24 When he had gone out, Elgon's servants came. And when they saw that the doors of the parlor were locked, they thought, "Surely he is relieving himself in his summer chamber."

 25 So they waited until they were embarrassed, but he still did not he open the doors of the parlor. Therefore they took a key and opened them, and, behold, there was their master, fallen dead on the floor.

 26 Now Ehud escaped while they waited and passed beyond the stone idols and escaped to Seirath.

 27 And it came to pass, when he arrived, that he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the hill country, with him leading them.

 28 And he said to them, "Follow me, for the LORD has delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand." So they went down after him and took the fords of the Jordan toward Moab and did not allow a man to cross over.

 29 And at that time they killed about ten thousand men of Moab, all strong men of valor; not a man escaped.

 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years.

 31 After Ehud was Shamgar the son of Anath, who slew six hundred men of the Philistines with an ox horn. He also delivered Israel.


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