Nations left to prove Israel
3:1 Now these [are] the nations which the LORD left, to
prove Israel by them, [even] as many [of Israel] as had not known
all the wars of Canaan ;
3:2 Only that the generations of the children of Israel
might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew
3:3 [Namely], five lords of the Philistines, and all the
Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in
mount Lebanon, from mount Baalhermon to the entering in of
3:4 And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether
they would listen to the commandments of the LORD, which he
commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
3:5 And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites,
Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and
3:6 And they took their daughters to be
their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served
3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the
LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the
Othniel as Judge
3:8 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
3:9 And when the children of Israel cried to the
LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel,
who delivered them, [even ] Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's
3:10 And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged
Israel, and went out to war and the LORD delivered
Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand ; and his
hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.
3:11 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son
of Kenaz died.
Ehud slays Eglon
3:12 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
3:13 And he gathered to him the children of Ammon and
Amalek, and went and struck Israel, and possessed the city of palm
3:14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab
3:15 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 man lefthanded and by him the children of Israel
sent a present to Eglon the king of Moab.
3:16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a
cubit length ; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his
3:17 And he brought the present to Eglon king of Moab and
Eglon [was] a very fat man.
3:18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he
sent away the people that bare the present.
3:19 But he himself turned again from the quarries that
[were] by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand to ya'll , O
king who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out
3:20 And Ehud came to him; and he was sitting in a summer
parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a
message from God to ya'll . And he arose out of [his] seat.
3:21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger
from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly
3:22 And the haft also went in after the blade ; and the fat
closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out
of his belly ; and the dirt came out.
3:23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the
doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.
3:24 When he was gone out, his servants came ; and when they
saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour [were] locked, they
said, Surely he covers his feet in his summer chamber.
3:25 And they tarried till they were ashamed and, behold, he
opened not the doors of the parlour ; therefore they took a key,
and opened [them] and, behold, their lord [was] fallen down dead
on the earth.
3:26 And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond
the quarries, and escaped to Seirath.
3:27 And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a
trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel
went down with him from the mount, and he before them.
3:28 And he said to them, Follow after me for the LORD
has delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they
went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab,
and suffered not a man to pass over.
3:29 And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand
men, all lusty, and all men of valour ; and there escaped not a
3:30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel.
And the land had rest fourscore years.
3:31 And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew
of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad and he also
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19 || Chapter 20