The LORD replied to the Israelites, "When the Egyptians, Amorites, Ammonites, Philistines,
Sidonians, Amalekites, and Maonites oppressed you and you cried out to me, didn't I rescue you from their power?
But you have gone away from me and served other gods, so I won't rescue you anymore!
Go cry out to the gods you've chosen. Let them rescue you in the time of your distress."
The Israelites responded to the LORD, "We've sinned. Do to us whatever you see as right, but please save us this time."
They put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD. And the LORD could no longer stand to see Israel suffer.
The Ammonites called out their army and made camp in Gilead, while the Israelites gathered and set up their camp at Mizpah.
Gilead's rulers said to each other, "Whoever is willing to launch the attack against the Ammonites will become the leader over all those living in Gilead."