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Judges 3
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3These are the nations that GOD left there, using them to test the Israelites who had no experience in the Canaanite wars.H1471H3068H3240H5254H3478H3045H4421H3667 2He did it to train the descendants of Israel, the ones who had no battle experience, in the art of war.H7535H1755H1121H3478H3045H3925H4421H6440H3045 3He left the five Philistine tyrants, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living on Mount Lebanon from Mount Baal Hermon to Hamath's Pass.H2568H5633H6430H3669H6722H2340H3427H2022H3844H2022H1179H935H2574 4They were there to test Israel and see whether they would obey GOD's commands that were given to their parents through Moses.H5254H3478H3045H8085H4687H3068H6680H1H3027H4872 5But the People of Israel made themselves at home among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.H1121H3478H3427H7130H3669H2850H567H6522H2340H2983 6They married their daughters and gave their own daughters to their sons in marriage. And they worshiped their gods.H3947H1323H802H5414H1323H1121H5647H430

Othniel

7The People of Israel did evil in GOD's sight. They forgot their GOD and worshiped the Baal gods and Asherah goddesses.H1121H3478H6213H7451H5869H3068H7911H3068H430H5647H1168H842 8GOD's hot anger blazed against Israel. He sold them off to Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim. The People of Israel were in servitude to Cushan-Rishathaim for eight years.H639H3068H2734H3478H4376H3027H3573H4428H763H1121H3478H5647H3573H8083H8141 9The People of Israel cried out to GOD and GOD raised up a savior who rescued them: Caleb's nephew Othniel, son of his younger brother Kenaz.H1121H3478H2199H3068H3068H6965H3467H1121H3478H3467H6274H1121H7073H3612H6996H251 10The Spirit of GOD came on him and he rallied Israel. He went out to war and GOD gave him Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim. Othniel made short work of him.H7307H3068H8199H3478H3318H4421H3068H5414H3573H4428H763H3027H3027H5810H3573 11The land was quiet for forty years. Then Othniel son of Kenaz died.H776H8252H705H8141H6274H1121H7073H4191

Ehud

12But the People of Israel went back to doing evil in GOD's sight. So GOD made Eglon king of Moab a power against Israel because they did evil in GOD's sight.H1121H3478H6213H7451H3254H5869H3068H3068H2388H5700H4428H4124H3478H6213H7451H5869H3068 13He recruited the Ammonites and Amalekites and went out and struck Israel. They took the City of Palms.H622H1121H5983H6002H3212H5221H3478H3423H5892H8558H5899 14The People of Israel were in servitude to Eglon fourteen years.H1121H3478H5647H5700H4428H4124H8083H6240H8141 15The People of Israel cried out to GOD and GOD raised up for them a savior, Ehud son of Gera, a Benjaminite. He was left-handed. The People of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon king of Moab.H1121H3478H2199H3068H3068H6965H3467H164H1121H1617H1145H376H334H3225H3027H1121H3478H7971H4503H5700H4428H4124 16Ehud made himself a short two-edged sword and strapped it on his right thigh under his clothes.H164H6213H2719H8147H6366H1574H753H2296H4055H3225H3409 17He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Eglon was grossly fat.H7126H4503H5700H4428H4124H5700H3966H1277H376 18After Ehud finished presenting the tribute, he went a little way with the men who had carried it.H3615H7126H4503H7971H5971H5375H4503 19But when he got as far as the stone images near Gilgal, he went back and said, "I have a private message for you, O king." The king told his servants, "Leave." They all left.H7725H6456H1537H559H5643H1697H4428H559H2013H5975H3318 20Ehud approached him—the king was now quite alone in his cool rooftop room—and said, "I have a word of God for you." Eglon stood up from his throne.H164H935H3427H4747H5944H164H559H1697H430H6965H3678 21Ehud reached with his left hand and took his sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king's big belly.H164H7971H8040H3027H3947H2719H3225H3409H8628H990 22Not only the blade but the hilt went in. The fat closed in over it so he couldn't pull it out.H5325H935H310H3851H2459H5462H1157H3851H8025H2719H990H6574H3318 23Ehud slipped out by way of the porch and shut and locked the doors of the rooftop room behind him.H164H3318H4528H5462H1817H5944H5274 24Then he was gone. When the servants came, they saw with surprise that the doors to the rooftop room were locked. They said, "He's probably relieving himself in the restroom."H3318H5650H935H7200H1817H5944H5274H559H5526H7272H4747H2315 25They waited. And then they worried—no one was coming out of those locked doors. Finally, they got a key and unlocked them. There was their master, fallen on the floor, dead!H2342H954H6605H1817H5944H3947H4668H6605H113H5307H4191H776 26While they were standing around wondering what to do, Ehud was long gone. He got past the stone images and escaped to Seirah.H164H4422H4102H5674H6456H4422H8167 27When he got there, he sounded the trumpet on Mount Ephraim. The People of Israel came down from the hills and joined him. He took his place at their head.H935H8628H7782H2022H669H1121H3478H3381H2022H6440 28He said, "Follow me, for GOD has given your enemies—yes, Moab!—to you." They went down after him and secured the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites. They let no one cross over.H559H7291H310H3068H5414H341H4124H3027H3381H310H3920H4569H3383H4124H5414H376H5674 29At that time, they struck down about ten companies of Moabites, all of them well-fed and robust. Not one escaped.H5221H4124H6256H6235H505H376H8082H376H2428H4422H376 30That day Moab was subdued under the hand of Israel. The land was quiet for eighty years.H4124H3665H3117H3027H3478H776H8252H8084H8141

Shamgar

31Shamgar son of Anath came after Ehud. Using a cattle prod, he killed six hundred Philistines single-handed. He too saved Israel.H310H8044H1121H6067H5221H6430H8337H3967H376H1241H4451H3467H3478


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