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Judges 3 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:1 - These were the nations the LORD permitted to remain so he could use them to test Israel - he wanted to test all those who had not experienced battle against the Canaanites.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:2 - He left those nations simply because he wanted to teach the subsequent generations of Israelites, who had not experienced the earlier battles, how to conduct holy war.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:3 - These were the nations: the five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo-Hamath.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:4 - They were left to test Israel, so the LORD would know if his people would obey the commands he gave their ancestors through Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:5 - The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:6 - They took the Canaanites' daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites; they worshiped their gods as well.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:7 - The Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight. They forgot the LORD their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:8 - The LORD was furious with Israel and turned them over to King Cushan-Rishathaim of Aram-Naharaim. They were Cushan-Rishathaim's subjects for eight years.

The First Judge Delivers Israel

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:9 - When the Israelites cried out for help to the LORD, he raised up a deliverer for the Israelites who rescued them. His name was Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:10 - The LORD's spirit empowered him and he led Israel. When he went to do battle, the LORD handed over to him King Cushan-Rishathaim of Aram and he overpowered him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:11 - The land had rest for forty years; then Othniel son of Kenaz died.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:12 - The Israelites again did evil in the LORD's sight. The LORD gave King Eglon of Moab control over Israel because they had done evil in the LORD's sight.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:13 - Eglon formed alliances with the Ammonites and Amalekites. He came and defeated Israel, and they seized the City of Date Palm Trees.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:14 - The Israelites were subject to King Eglon of Moab for eighteen years.

Ehud Delivers from Moab

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:15 - When the Israelites cried out for help to the LORD, he raised up a deliverer for them. His name was Ehud son of Gera the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The Israelites sent him to King Eglon of Moab with their tribute payment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:16 - Ehud made himself a sword - it had two edges and was eighteen inches long. He strapped it under his coat on his right thigh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:17 - He brought the tribute payment to King Eglon of Moab. (Now Eglon was a very fat man.)
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:18 - After Ehud brought the tribute payment, he dismissed the people who had carried it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:19 - But he went back once he reached the carved images at Gilgal. He said to Eglon, "I have a secret message for you, O king." Eglon said, "Be quiet!" All his attendants left.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:20 - When Ehud approached him, he was sitting in his well-ventilated upper room all by himself. Ehud said, "I have a message from God for you." When Eglon rose up from his seat,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:21 - Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled the sword from his right thigh, and drove it into Eglon's belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:22 - The handle went in after the blade, and the fat closed around the blade, for Ehud did not pull the sword out of his belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:23 - As Ehud went out into the vestibule, he closed the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:24 - When Ehud had left, Eglon's servants came and saw the locked doors of the upper room. They said, "He must be relieving himself in the well-ventilated inner room."
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:25 - They waited so long they were embarrassed, but he still did not open the doors of the upper room. Finally they took the key and opened the doors. Right before their eyes was their master, sprawled out dead on the floor!
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:26 - Now Ehud had escaped while they were delaying. When he passed the carved images, he escaped to Seirah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:27 - When he reached Seirah, he blew a trumpet in the Ephraimite hill country. The Israelites went down with him from the hill country, with Ehud in the lead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:28 - He said to them, "Follow me, for the LORD is about to defeat your enemies, the Moabites!" They followed him, captured the fords of the Jordan River opposite Moab, and did not let anyone cross.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:29 - That day they killed about ten thousand Moabites - all strong, capable warriors; not one escaped.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:30 - Israel humiliated Moab that day, and the land had rest for eighty years.

Shamgar Delivers from Philistines

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:31 - After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath; he killed six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad and, like Ehud, delivered Israel.

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