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Judges 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:1 - These are the nations the LORD left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:2 - (he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience):
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:3 - the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo Hamath.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:4 - They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the LORD’s commands, which he had given 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 their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.


Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:7 - The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD; they forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:8 - The anger of the LORD burned against Israel so that he sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim,[fn] to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:9 - But when they cried out to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:10 - The Spirit of the LORD came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge[fn] and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:11 - So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.


Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:12 - Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and because they did this evil the LORD gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:13 - Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:14 - The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:15 - Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:16 - Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit[fn] long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:17 - He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:18 - After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way those who had carried it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:19 - But on reaching the stone images near Gilgal he himself went back to Eglon and said, “Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you.” The king said to his attendants, “Leave us!” And they all left.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:20 - Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace[fn] and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat,
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:21 - Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:22 - Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:23 - Then Ehud went out to the porch[fn]; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:24 - After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, “He must be relieving himself in the inner room of the palace.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:25 - They waited to the point of embarrassment, but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their lord fallen to the floor, dead.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:26 - While they waited, Ehud got away. He passed by the stone images and escaped to Seirah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:27 - When he arrived there, he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down with him from the hills, with him leading them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:28 - “Follow me,” he ordered, “for the LORD has given Moab, your enemy, into your hands.” So they followed him down and took possession of the fords of the Jordan that led to Moab; they allowed no one to cross over.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:29 - At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not one escaped.
Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:30 - That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.


Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:31 - After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.
NIV Footnotes
That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
Or leader
That is, Jericho
That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verse 24.
The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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