Judges

Judges 3 ©

1The nations which were left to prove Israel. 5By intercourse with them the Israelites are seduced into idolatry. 8They are sold into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim, but delivered by Othniel; 12and into the hand of Eglon king of Moab, but delivered by Ehud. 31Shamgar slayeth six hundred Philistines with an ox goad, and delivereth Israel.

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NOW these are the nations which the LORD left, ato *prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had bnot known all the wars of Canaan;

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Only that the generations of the children of Israel cmight know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

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Namely, dfive lords of the Philistines, and all the eCanaanites, and the Sidonians, and the fHivites that dwelt in mount gLebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the entering in of Hamath.

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And they were hto *prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

h Ex. 15.25. De. 8.2; 13.3; 33.8. 1Co. 11.19. v.1. ch. 2.22.
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¶And the children of Israel idwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:

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And they jtook their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.

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And the children of kIsrael did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, land served Baalim and the groves.

l ch. 2.13.
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¶Therefore mthe anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of 1Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years.

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And nwhen the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a 2deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even oOthniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.

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And the pSpirit of the LORD 3came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of 4Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim.

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And the land qhad rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

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¶And the children of Israel rdid evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened sEglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.

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And he gathered unto him the children of tAmmon and uAmalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed vthe city of palm trees.

u ch. 5.14; 6.3,33.
v De. 34.3. ch. 1.16.
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So wthe children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

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But when the children of Israel xcried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, 5a Benjamite, a man 6lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel ysent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

x Ps. 50.15; 106.44. v.9.
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But Ehud made him a dagger which had ztwo edges, of a cubit length; and he did *gird it under his *raiment upon his right thigh.

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And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.

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And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.

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But he himself turned again from the 7quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.

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And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in 8a summer *parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a amessage from God unto thee. And he barose out of his seat.

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And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and cthrust it into his belly:

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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 9the dirt came out.

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Then dEhud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the *parlour upon him, and locked them.

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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 10covereth his feet in his summer chamber.

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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.

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And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the equarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

e v.19.
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And it came to pass, when he was come, that he fblew a trumpet in gthe mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

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And he said unto them, hFollow after me: for ithe LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the jfords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.

i ch. 4.7,14; 7.9,15.
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And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all 11*lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.

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So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And kthe land had rest fourscore years.

k v.11.
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¶And after him was lShamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered 12Israel.