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3 Now these are athe nations which the Lord left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; 2 Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof; 3 Namely, bfive lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount cLebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the entering in of Hamath. 4 And they were ato 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.
5 dAnd the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites: 6 And e*they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods. 7 fAnd the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgat the Lord their God, gand served Baalim and hthe groves. 8 Therefore ithe anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he isold them into the hand of kChushan-rishathaim king of †Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years. 9 And when the children of Israel lcried unto the Lord, the Lord mraised up a †*deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even nOthniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10 And othe Spirit of the Lord †came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the Lord delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of †Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim. 11 And pthe land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.
12 q*And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord strengthened Eglon rthe king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord. 13 And he gathered unto him the children of sAmmon and tAmalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed uthe city of palm trees. 14 So the children of Israel vserved Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. 15 *But when the children of Israel wcried unto the Lord, the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, ||a Benjamite, a man †lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent xa present unto Eglon the king of Moab. 16 But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh. 17 And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man. 18 And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people ythat bare the present. 19 But he himself turned again zfrom the ||quarries 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. 20 And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in †a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of 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 out of his belly; and ||the dirt came out. 23 Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and ashut the doors of the parlour upon him, and blocked them. 24 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 ||covereth his feet in his summer chamber. 25 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. 26 And Ehud escaped while they ctarried, and passed beyond the dquarries, and escaped unto Seirath. 27 And it came to pass, when he was come, that ehe blew a trumpet in the fmountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them. 28 And he said unto them, Follow after me: for gthe Lord hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took hthe fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over. 29 And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all †lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man. 30 So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And ithe land had rest fourscore years.
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