Now the sons of Israelagain1didevil in the sight of the LORD. So 2the LORDstrengthenedEglon the king of MoabagainstIsrael, because they had doneevil in the sight of the LORD.
And he gathered to himself the sons of Ammon and Amalek; and he went and adefeatedIsrael, and they possessed3the city of the palmtrees.
The sons of IsraelservedEglon the king of Moabeighteenyears.
But when the sons of Israel4cried to the LORD, the LORDraised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handedman. And the sons of Israelsenttribute by bhim to Eglon the king of Moab.
16Ehudmade himself a sword which had twoedges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his rightthighunder his cloak.
He presented the tribute to Eglonking of Moab. Now Eglon was a veryfatman.
It came about when he had finishedpresenting the tribute, that he sentaway the people who had carried the tribute.
But he himselfturnedback from the idolswhich were at Gilgal, and said, "I have a secretmessage for you, O king." And he said, "Keepsilence." And all who attended him left him.
20Ehudcame to him while he was sittingalone in his coolroofchamber. And Ehudsaid, "I have a message from God for you." And he arose from his seat.
21Ehudstretched out his lefthand, took the sword from his rightthigh and thrust it into his belly.
The handlealsowent in after the blade, and the fatclosedover the blade, for he did not draw the sword out of his belly; and the refusecame out.
Then Ehudwent out into the vestibule and shut the doors of the roofchamberbehind him, and locked them.
When he had gone out, his servantscame and looked, and behold, the doors of the roofchamber were locked; and they said, "5He is onlycrelieving himself in the coolroom."
They waiteduntil they dbecameanxious; but behold, he did not open the doors of the roofchamber. Therefore they took the key and opened them, and behold, their master had fallen to the efloordead.
Now Ehudescapedwhile they were delaying, and he passed by the idols and escaped to Seirah.
It came about when he had arrived, that 6he blew the trumpet in the hillcountry of Ephraim; and the sons of Israelwentdown with him from the hillcountry, and he was in front of them.
He said to them, "Pursue them, for the LORD has given your enemies the Moabites into your hands." So they wentdownafter him and seized7the fords of the Jordan opposite Moab, and did not allowanyone to cross.
They struckdown at that time about tenthousandMoabites, allrobust and valiantmen; and nooneescaped.
So Moab was subdued that dayunder the hand of Israel. And the land was undisturbed for eightyyears.