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Judges 3 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Nations Remaining in the Land
Ehud Saves Israel from Moab

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:1 - Now these are the nations which the LORD left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:2 - (this was only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it),

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:3 - namely, five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwelt in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entrance of Hamath.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:4 - And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commandments of the LORD, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:5 - Thus the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:6 - And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons; and they served their gods.
Othniel

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:7 - So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD. They forgot the LORD their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:8 - Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the children of Israel served Cushan-Rishathaim eight years.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:9 - When the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them: Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:10 - The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the LORD delivered Cushan-Rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed over Cushan-Rishathaim.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:11 - So the land had rest for forty years. Then Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
Ehud

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:12 - And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD. So the LORD strengthened Eglon king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:13 - Then he gathered to himself the people of Ammon and Amalek, went and defeated Israel, and took possession of the City of Palms.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:14 - So the children of Israel served Eglon king of Moab eighteen years.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:15 - But when the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for them: Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. By him the children of Israel sent tribute to Eglon king of Moab.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:16 - Now Ehud made himself a dagger (it was double-edged and a cubit in length) and fastened it under his clothes on his right thigh.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:17 - So he brought the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. (Now Eglon was a very fat man.)

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:18 - And when he had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who had carried the tribute.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:19 - But he himself turned back from the stone images that were at Gilgal, and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” He said, “Keep silence!” And all who attended him went out from him.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:20 - So Ehud came to him (now he was sitting upstairs in his cool private chamber). Then Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” So he arose from his seat.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:21 - Then Ehud reached with his left hand, took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:22 - Even the hilt went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the dagger out of his belly; and his entrails came out.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:23 - Then Ehud went out through the porch and shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:24 - When he had gone out, Eglon’s[fn] servants came to look, and to their surprise, the doors of the upper room were locked. So they said, “He is probably attending to his needs in the cool chamber.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:25 - So they waited till they were embarrassed, and still he had not opened the doors of the upper room. Therefore they took the key and opened them. And there was their master, fallen dead on the floor.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:26 - But Ehud had escaped while they delayed, and passed beyond the stone images and escaped to Seirah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:27 - And it happened, when he arrived, that he blew the trumpet in the mountains of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mountains; and he led them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:28 - Then he said to them, “Follow me, for the LORD has delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him, seized the fords of the Jordan leading to Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross over.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:29 - And at that time they killed about ten thousand men of Moab, all stout men of valor; not a man escaped.

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:30 - So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years.
Shamgar

Unchecked Copy BoxJdg 3:31 - After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed six hundred men of the Philistines with an ox goad; and he also delivered Israel.
NKJV Footnotes
Name or symbol for Canaanite goddesses
Literally his
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