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Judges Book 3

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1 These are the nations that the Lord left to tempt the Israelites with them, all who did not know about all the wars of Canaan,
2 only to know and study the war the subsequent birth of the sons of Israel, who did not know it before:
3 the five owners of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Ebites living on Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entrance to Hamath.
4 They were [left] to tempt the Israelites with them and find out if they obey the commandments of the Lord that He commanded their fathers through Moses.
5 And the sons of Israel lived among the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Ferezites, the Jews, and the Jebusites,
6 and they took their daughters to their wives, and gave their daughters for their sons, and served their gods.
7 And the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgot the Lord their God, and served Baal and Astarte.

eight And the wrath of the LORD kindled against Israel, and delivered them into the hands of Husarsaphem king of Mesopotamia, and the sons of Israel served Husarsafem eight years.
nine Then the sons of Israel cried out unto the Lord, and the Lord raised up a savior to the sons of Israel, who saved them, Gothoniel, son of Kenaz, the younger brother of Haleb.
ten The Spirit of the Lord was on him, and he was the judge of Israel. He went to war, and the Lord betrayed Husarsaphem, king of Mesopotamia, into his hands, and his arm overcame Husarsaphhem.
eleven And the land rested for forty years. And Gothoniel the son of Kenaz died.

12 The sons of Israel again began to do evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord strengthened Eglon king of Moab against the Israelites for doing evil in the sight of the Lord.
13 He gathered the Ammonites and Amalekites to him, and went and smote Israel, and they took possession of the city of Palms.
fourteen And the sons of Israel served Eglon king of Moab eighteen years.
fifteen Then the sons of Israel cried to the Lord, and the Lord raised up their savior Aod, the son of Hera, the son of Jeminius, who was left-handed. And the sons of Israel sent with him gifts to Eglon king of Moab.
16 Aod made a sword with two points, the length of an elbow, and girded it under his cloak to his right thigh,
17 and offered gifts to Eglon king of Moab; Eglon was a very fat man.
18 When [Aod] brought all the gifts and accompanied the people who brought the gifts,
19 then he returned from the idols that are in Gilgal, and said: I have a secret word before you, king. He said: Hush! And all who stood by him came forth from him.
20 Aod entered him: he was sitting in a cool room, which was separate from him. And Aod said: I have before you, the word of God. [Eglon] got up from his chair.
21 Aod stretched out his left hand and took a sword from his right thigh and thrust it into his womb,
22 so that the hilt went in behind the point, and the fat closed the point, for Aod did not take his sword out of his womb, and he passed into the back.
23 And Aod went out on the threshold of the door, and shut the doors of the upper room behind him, and closed it.
24 When he went out, the slaves of [Eglon] came and saw that, behold, the doors of the chamber were closed, and they said: he was right for the need in a cool room.
25 They waited a long time, but seeing that no one was unlocking the doors of the room, they took the key and unlocked it, and behold, their lord lay dead on the ground.
26 While they were perplexed, Aod, meanwhile, left, passed by the idols, and escaped to Seiraf.
27 When he came, he sounded a trumpet on Mount Ephraim, and the sons of Israel went down with him from the mountain, and he went in front of them.
28 And he said unto them, Follow me, for the Lord hath delivered the enemies of your Moabites into your hands. And they followed him, and intercepted the crossing over the Jordan to Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross.
29th And at that time the Moabites beat about ten thousand people, all healthy and strong, and no one fled.
thirty So the Moabites humbled themselves that day before Israel, and the land rested eighty years.

31 After him was Samegar, the son of Anaf, who beat six hundred people of the Philistines with a cow of horns; and he also saved Israel.

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