The Lord Tests Israel

1 These are the nations the Lord left in order to test Israel, since none of these Israelites had fought ina any of the wars with Canaan.b
References for Judges 3:1
    • a 3:1 - Lit had known
    • b 3:1 - Jos 1-12
      2 This was to teach the future generations of the Israelites [how to fight in] battle, especially those who had not fought before.c
      References for Judges 3:2
        • c 3:2 - Lit not known it
          3 [These nations included:] the five rulers of the Philistines and all of the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who lived in the Lebanese mountainsd from Mount Baal-hermon as far as the entrance to Hamath.e
          References for Judges 3:3
            • d 3:3 - LXX reads in Lebanon, without reference to mountains
            • e 3:3 - Or as Lebo-hamath
              4 The Lord left them to test Israel, to determine if they would keep the Lord's commands He had given their fathers throughf Moses.g
              References for Judges 3:4
                • f 3:4 - Lit by the hand of
                • g 3:4 - Jdg 3:4; 1 Kg 8:58; 2 Kg 17:13; Ps 78:5; Jr 11:4
                  5 But they settled among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
                  6 The Israelites took their daughters as wives for themselves, gave their own daughters to their sons, and worshiped their gods.h
                  References for Judges 3:6
                    • h 3:6 - Ex 23:33; Dt 7:16

                      Othniel, the First Judge

                      7 The Israelites did what was evil in the Lord's sight; they forgot the Lord their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs.
                      References for Judges 3:7
                          8 The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and He sold them toi Cushan-rishathaimj king of Aram of the Two Rivers,kland the Israelites served him eight years.
                          References for Judges 3:8
                            • i 3:8 - Lit into the hand of
                            • j 3:8 - Lit Doubly-Evil
                            • k 3:8 - Or Aram-naharaim; Mesopotamia
                            • l 3:8 - Gn 24:10; Dt 23:4; 1 Ch 19:6; Ps 60 title
                              9 The Israelites cried out to the Lord. So the Lord raised up Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb's youngest brotherm as a deliverer to save the Israelites.
                              References for Judges 3:9
                                • m 3:9 - Jdg 1:13
                                  10 The Spirit of the Lord was on him, and he judged Israel. Othniel went out to battle, and the Lord handed over Cushan-rishathaim king of Aram to him, so that Othniel overpowered him.
                                  11 Then the land was peacefuln 40 years, and Othniel son of Kenaz died.
                                  References for Judges 3:11
                                    • n 3:11 - Jdg 3:30; 5:31; 8:28; 2 Ch 14:1,5-6


                                      12 The Israelites again did what was evil in the Lord's sight. He gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel, because they had done what was evil in the Lord's sight.
                                      References for Judges 3:12
                                          13 After Eglon convinced the Ammonites and the Amalekites to join forces with him, he attacked and defeated Israel and took possession of the City of Palms.o
                                          References for Judges 3:13
                                            • o 3:13 - Jericho; Jdg 1:16; Dt 34:3; 2 Ch 28:15
                                              14 The Israelites served Eglon king of Moab 18 years.
                                              15 Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and He raised up Ehud son of Gera, a left-handedp Benjaminite,q as a deliverer for them. The Israelites sent him to Eglon king of Moab with tribute [money].
                                              References for Judges 3:15
                                                • p 3:15 - Jdg 20:16
                                                • q 3:15 - son of the right hand
                                                  16 Ehud made himself a double-edged sword 18 inches long.r He strapped it to his right thigh under his clothes
                                                  References for Judges 3:16
                                                    • r 3:16 - Lit sword a gomed in length
                                                      17 and brought the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was an extremely fat man.
                                                      18 When Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he dismissed the people who had carried it.
                                                      19 At the carved images near Gilgal he returned and said, "King [Eglon], I have a secret message for you." The king called for silence, and all his attendants left him.
                                                      20 Then Ehud approached him while he was sitting alone in his room upstairs [where it was] cool. Ehud said, "I have a word from God for you," and the king stood up from his throne.s
                                                      References for Judges 3:20
                                                        • s 3:20 - LXX reads "A word of my God for you, O king," and Eglon rose up from the throne near him.
                                                          21 Ehudt reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and plunged it into Eglon's belly.
                                                          References for Judges 3:21
                                                            • t 3:21 - LXX reads It happened that when he rose up, Ehud immediately
                                                              22 Even the handle went in after the blade, and Eglon's fat closed in over it, so that Ehud did not withdraw the sword from his belly. And Eglon's insides came out.
                                                              23 Ehud escaped by way of the porch, closing and locking the doors of the upstairs room behind him.
                                                              24 Ehud was gone when Eglon's servants came in. They looked and found the doors of the upstairs room locked and thought he was relieving himselfu in the cool room.
                                                              References for Judges 3:24
                                                                • u 3:24 - Lit was covering his feet
                                                                  25 The servants waited until they became worried and saw that he had still not opened the doors of the upstairs room. So they took the key and opened the doors-and there was their lord lying dead on the floor!
                                                                  26 Ehud escaped while the servants waited. He crossed over [the Jordan] near the carved images and reached Seirah.
                                                                  27 After he arrived, he sounded the ram's horn throughout the hill country of Ephraim. The Israelites came down with him from the hill country, and he became their leader.
                                                                  28 He told them, "Follow me, because the Lord has handed over your enemies, the Moabites, to you." So they followed him, captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross over.
                                                                  29 At that time they struck down about 10,000 Moabites, all strong and able-bodied men. Not one of them escaped.
                                                                  30 Moab became subject to Israel that day, and the land was peaceful 80 years.


                                                                  31 After Ehud, Shamgar son of Anath [became judge]. He delivered Israel by striking down 600 Philistines with an oxgoad.
                                                                  References for Judges 3:31