Judges 3


Nations Are Left to Test Israel

1And these are the nations which the  lord left with them so as to test [2by 3them 1Israel], all the ones not knowing all the wars of Canaan, 2this was only for the sake of the generations of the sons of Israel, to teach them war, except the ones before them did not know them, 3namely the five satrapies of the Philistines, and every Canaanite, and the Sidonian, and the Hivite dwelling in Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto Hamath. 4And it happened so as to test [2by 3them 1Israel], to know if they will hearken to the commandments of the  lord which he gave charge to their fathers by the hand of Moses. 5And the sons of Israel dwelt in the midst of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite. 6And they took their daughters unto themselves for wives, and their daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods. 7And [4acted 1the 2sons 3of Israel] wickedly before the  lord, and they forgot the  lord their God, and they served to the Baalim, and to the sacred groves. 8And [2was provoked to anger 3in rage 1the  lord] with Israel, and he gave them into the hands of Chushan-rishathaim king of Syria Mesopotamia. And [4served 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to him [2years 1eight].

Othniel Judges Israel

9And [4cried out 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to the  lord, and the  lord raised up a deliver for Israel, and he delivered them -- Othniel son of Kenaz, brother of Caleb the one younger than him. 10And [3came 4upon 5him 1spirit 2of the  lord], and he judged Israel, and he went unto the war. And the  lord delivered [5into 6his hand 1Cushan-rishathaim 2king 3of Syria]; And he fortified his hand against Cushan-rishathaim. 11And [3was tranquil 1the 2land] forty years, and [4died 1Othniel 2son 3of Kenaz]. 12And [4proceeded 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to do wickedly before the  lord. And the  lord strengthened Eglon king of Moab against Israel, because of their acting wickedly before the  lord. 13And he brought together to himself all the sons of Ammon and Amalek, and he went and struck Israel, and inherited the city of the palms. 14And [4served 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to Eglon king of Moab eighteen years.

Ehud Judges Israel

15And [4cried out 1the 2sons 3of Israel] to the  lord; and [2raised up 1the  lord] to them a deliverer -- Ehud son of Gera, son of Benjamin, a man ambidextrous. And [4sent 1the 2sons 3of Israel] gifts by his hand to Eglon king of Moab. 16And [2made 3for himself 1Ehud] a knife, double-edged, a span being the length of it; and he girded it under the uniform, upon [2thigh 1his right]. 17And he brought the gifts to Eglon king of Moab. And Eglon was a man [2fair weight 1of exceedingly]. 18And it came to pass as Ehud completed bringing the gifts, that he sent out the ones carrying the gifts, 19and he returned from the carvings by Gilgal. And Ehud said, [3word 1There is with me 2a secret] for you, O king. And Eglon said to him, Be silent! And went forth from him all the ones standing around him. 20And Ehud entered to him, and he sat in [2upper 3harvest room 1his] alone. And Ehud said, There is a word of God with me to you, O king. And [2rose up 3from 4the 5throne 1Eglon] near him. 21And it happened together in his rising up, that Ehud stretched out [2hand 1his left] and took the knife from [3thigh 1his 2right], and he stuck it into the belly of Eglon. 22And he brought in addition also indeed the handle after the blade; and [3locked 1the 2fat] onto the blade, for he could not pull out the knife from out of his belly. 23And Ehud went forth into the antechamber; and he went forth by the things set in order, and locked the doors of the upper room by him, and wedged them. 24And he went forth. And his servants entered, and they saw, and behold, the doors of the upper room were wedged. And they said, Perhaps [2with 3the chair 1he sits] in the voidance of the bedroom. 25And they remained being ashamed. And behold, there was not one opening the doors of the upper room. And they took the key, and they opened. And behold, their master was fallen upon the ground having died. 26And Ehud came through safe until they made a disruption. And there was not one paying attention to him. And he went by the carvings, and came through safe into Seirath. 27And it came to pass when he came, that he trumped a horn in mount Ephraim. and [4went down 5with 6him 1the 2sons 3of Israel] from the mountain, and he in front of them. 28And he said to them, Come down after me, for [3delivered up 1the  lord 2God] our enemies of Moab into our hand. And they went down after him, and first took the ford of the Jordan of Moab, and they did not allow a man to pass over. 29And they struck Moab in that time, about ten thousand men, all the warriors, and every man having power; and not [2came through safe 1a man]. 30And Moab felt shame in that day under the hand of Israel; and [3was tranquil 1the 2land] eighty years. 31And after him rose up Shamgar son of Anath, and he struck the Philistines up to six hundred men by the plowshare of the oxen; and he himself delivered Israel.
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