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Teks -- Judges 3:1-31 (NET)
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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 3:5 The Israelites lived among the Canaanites , Hittites , Amorites , Perizzites , Hivites , and Jebusites . 3:6 They took the Canaanites’ daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites ; they worshiped their gods as well.
Othniel: A Model Leader3:7 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight . They forgot the Lord their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs . 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 . 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 . 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. 3:11 The land had rest for forty years ; then Othniel son of Kenaz died .
Deceit, Assassination, and Deliverance3:12 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 . 3:13 Eglon formed alliances with the Ammonites and Amalekites . He came and defeated Israel , and they seized the City of Date Palm Trees . 3:14 The Israelites were subject to King Eglon of Moab for eighteen years . 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 . 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 . 3:17 He brought the tribute payment to King Eglon of Moab . (Now Eglon was a very fat man .) 3:18 After Ehud brought the tribute payment, he dismissed the people who had carried it. 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 . 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 , 3:21 Ehud reached with his left hand , hand , pulled the sword from his right thigh , and drove it into Eglon’s belly . 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 . 3:23 As Ehud went out into the vestibule , he closed the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them. 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 .” 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 ! 3:26 Now Ehud had escaped while they were delaying . When he passed the carved images , he escaped to Seirah . 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 . 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 . 3:29 That day they killed about ten thousand Moabites – all strong, capable warriors ; not one escaped . 3:30 Israel humiliated Moab that day , and the land had rest for eighty years . 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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