After Abimelech, Tola son of Puah and grandson of Dodo, a man of Issachar, arose to rescue Israel. He lived in Shamir in the Ephraim highlands.
For twenty-three years he led Israel; then he died and was buried in Shamir.
After Tola, Jair from Gilead arose, and he led Israel for twenty-two years.
He had thirty sons who were mounted on thirty donkeys and controlled thirty towns in the land of Gilead—these are still known as Havvoth-jair today.
When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon.
Then the Israelites again did things that the LORD saw as evil. They served the Baals and the Astartes, as well as the gods of Aram, Sidon, Moab, the Ammonites, and the Philistines. They went away from the LORD and didn't serve him.
The LORD became angry with Israel and handed them over to the Philistines and the Ammonites.
Starting that year and for the next eighteen years, they beat and bullied the Israelites, especially all the Israelites who lived on the east side of Jordan in the territory of the Ammonites in Gilead.
The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to make raids into Judah, Benjamin, and the households of Ephraim. So Israel was greatly distressed.
Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, "We've sinned against you, for we went away from our God and served the Baals."
The LORD replied to the Israelites, "When the Egyptians, Amorites, Ammonites, Philistines,