Tanach

Shoftim/Judges Chapter 3


1. And these are the nations which the Lord left, to test Israel by them, all those who had not known all the wars of Canaan;
2. Only that the generations of the people of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing of these matters;
3. Five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal-Hermon to the entrance of Hamath.
4. And they were to test 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.
5. And the people of Israel lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites;
6. And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
7. And the people of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgot the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the Asherot.
8. Therefore the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Kushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the people of Israel served Kushan-Rishathaim eight years.
9. And when the people of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lord raised up a savior to the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.
10. And the spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war; and the Lord delivered Kushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Kushan-Rishathaim.
11. And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
12. And the people 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 Lord.
13. And he gathered to him the Ammonites and Amalek, and went and struck Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.
14. So the people of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.
15. But when the people of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lord raised them a savior, Ehud the son of Gera, a son of Benjamin, a left handed man; and by him the people of Israel sent a present to Eglon the king of Moab.
16. And Ehud made for himself a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length, and he put it under his garment upon his right thigh.
17. And he brought the present to Eglon king of Moab; and Eglon was a very fat man.
18. And when he had finished offering the present, he sent away the people who carried the present
19. But he himself turned back after reaching the carved stones that were at Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand for you, O king; who said, Keep silence. And all who stood by him went out.
20. And Ehud came to him; and he was sitting in a cool upper chamber, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God to you. And he arose from his seat.
21. And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly;
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 from his belly; and the excrements came out.
23. Then Ehud went forth through the vestibule, and closed the doors of the chamber upon him, and locked them.
24. When he went out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the chamber were locked, they said, Surely he is relieving himself in his cool chamber.
25. And they waited till it was late; and, behold, he opened not the doors of the chamber; therefore they took a key, and opened them; and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.
26. And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the carved stones, and escaped to Seirath.
27. And it came to pass, when he came, that he blew a shofar in the Mountain of Ephraim, and the people of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.
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 did not allow any man to cross over.
29. And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valor; and not one man escaped.
30. So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest eighty years.
31. And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad; and he also saved Israel.

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