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Judges 3
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The Lord Tests Israel

3These are the nations the LORD left in order to test Israel, since none of these Israelites had fought in any of the wars with Canaan.H1471H3068H3240H5254H3478H3045H4421H3667 2This was to teach the future generations of the Israelites [how to fight in] battle, especially those who had not fought before.H7535H1755H1121H3478H3045H3925H4421H6440H3045 3[These nations included:] the five rulers of the Philistines and all of the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived in the Lebanese mountains from Mount Baal-hermon as far as the entrance to Hamath.H2568H5633H6430H3669H6722H2340H3427H2022H3844H2022H1179H935H2574 4The LORD left them to test Israel, to determine if they would keep the LORD's commands He had given their fathers through Moses.H5254H3478H3045H8085H4687H3068H6680H1H3027H4872 5But they settled among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.H1121H3478H3427H7130H3669H2850H567H6522H2340H2983 6The Israelites took their daughters as wives for themselves, gave their own daughters to their sons, and worshiped their gods.H3947H1323H802H5414H1323H1121H5647H430

Othniel, the First Judge

7The Israelites did what was evil in the LORD's sight; they forgot the LORD their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs.H1121H3478H6213H7451H5869H3068H7911H3068H430H5647H1168H842 8The LORD's anger burned against Israel, and He sold them to Cushan-rishathaim king of Aram of the Two Rivers, and the Israelites served him eight years.H639H3068H2734H3478H4376H3027H3573H4428H763H1121H3478H5647H3573H8083H8141 9The Israelites cried out to the LORD. So the LORD raised up Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's youngest brother as a deliverer to save the Israelites.H1121H3478H2199H3068H3068H6965H3467H1121H3478H3467H6274H1121H7073H3612H6996H251 10The Spirit of the LORD was on him, and he judged Israel. Othniel went out to battle, and the LORD handed over Cushan-rishathaim king of Aram to him, so that Othniel overpowered him.H7307H3068H8199H3478H3318H4421H3068H5414H3573H4428H763H3027H3027H5810H3573 11Then the land was peaceful 40 years, and Othniel son of Kenaz died.H776H8252H705H8141H6274H1121H7073H4191

Ehud

12The Israelites again did what was evil in the LORD's sight. He gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel, because they had done what was evil in the LORD's sight.H1121H3478H6213H7451H3254H5869H3068H3068H2388H5700H4428H4124H3478H6213H7451H5869H3068 13After Eglon convinced the Ammonites and the Amalekites to join forces with him, he attacked and defeated Israel and took possession of the City of Palms.H622H1121H5983H6002H3212H5221H3478H3423H5892H8558H5899 14The Israelites served Eglon king of Moab 18 years.H1121H3478H5647H5700H4428H4124H8083H6240H8141 15Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and He raised up Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed Benjaminite, as a deliverer for them. The Israelites sent him to Eglon king of Moab with tribute [money].H1121H3478H2199H3068H3068H6965H3467H164H1121H1617H1145H376H334H3225H3027H1121H3478H7971H4503H5700H4428H4124 16Ehud made himself a double-edged sword 18 inches long. He strapped it to his right thigh under his clothesH164H6213H2719H8147H6366H1574H753H2296H4055H3225H3409 17and brought the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was an extremely fat man.H7126H4503H5700H4428H4124H5700H3966H1277H376 18When Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he dismissed the people who had carried it.H3615H7126H4503H7971H5971H5375H4503 19At the carved images near Gilgal he returned and said, "King [Eglon], I have a secret message for you." The king called for silence, and all his attendants left him.H7725H6456H1537H559H5643H1697H4428H559H2013H5975H3318 20Then Ehud approached him while he was sitting alone in his room upstairs [where it was] cool. Ehud said, "I have a word from God for you," and the king stood up from his throne.H164H935H3427H4747H5944H164H559H1697H430H6965H3678 21Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and plunged it into Eglon's belly.H164H7971H8040H3027H3947H2719H3225H3409H8628H990 22Even the handle went in after the blade, and Eglon's fat closed in over it, so that Ehud did not withdraw the sword from his belly. And Eglon's insides came out.H5325H935H310H3851H2459H5462H1157H3851H8025H2719H990H6574H3318 23Ehud escaped by way of the porch, closing and locking the doors of the upstairs room behind him.H164H3318H4528H5462H1817H5944H5274 24Ehud was gone when Eglon's servants came in. They looked and found the doors of the upstairs room locked and thought he was relieving himself in the cool room.H3318H5650H935H7200H1817H5944H5274H559H5526H7272H4747H2315 25The servants waited until they became worried and saw that he had still not opened the doors of the upstairs room. So they took the key and opened the doors— and there was their lord lying dead on the floor!H2342H954H6605H1817H5944H3947H4668H6605H113H5307H4191H776 26Ehud escaped while the servants waited. He crossed over [the Jordan] near the carved images and reached Seirah.H164H4422H4102H5674H6456H4422H8167 27After he arrived, he sounded the ram's horn throughout the hill country of Ephraim. The Israelites came down with him from the hill country, and he became their leader.H935H8628H7782H2022H669H1121H3478H3381H2022H6440 28He told them, "Follow me, because the LORD has handed over your enemies, the Moabites, to you." So they followed him, captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross over.H559H7291H310H3068H5414H341H4124H3027H3381H310H3920H4569H3383H4124H5414H376H5674 29At that time they struck down about 10,000 Moabites, all strong and able-bodied men. Not one of them escaped.H5221H4124H6256H6235H505H376H8082H376H2428H4422H376 30Moab became subject to Israel that day, and the land was peaceful 80 years.H4124H3665H3117H3027H3478H776H8252H8084H8141

Shamgar

31After Ehud, Shamgar son of Anath [became judge]. He delivered Israel by striking down 600 Philistines with an oxgoad.H310H8044H1121H6067H5221H6430H8337H3967H376H1241H4451H3467H3478


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