Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer1--Ehud2, a left-handed3 man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute4 to Eglon king of Moab.
Now Ehud5 had made a double-edged sword about a foot and a halfa long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.
He presented the tribute6 to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man.718
After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way the men who had carried it.
At the idolsb near Gilgal he himself turned back and said, "I have a secret message for you, O king." The king said, "Quiet!" And all his attendants left him.
Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his summer palacec8 and said, "I have a message from God for you." As the king rose9 from his seat,
Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword10 from his right thigh and plunged it into the king's belly.
Even the handle sank in after the blade, which came out his back. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.