Judges 3 (Hebrew Names Version)

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1 Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Yisra'el by them, even as many [of Yisra'el] as had not known all the wars of Kana`an; 2 only that the generations of the children of Yisra'el might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing of it: 3 [namely], the five lords of the Pelishtim, and all the Kana`anim, and the Tzidonim, and the Hivvi who lived on Mount Levanon, from Mount Ba`al-Hermon to the entrance of Hamat. 4 They were [left], to prove Yisra'el by them, to know whether they would listen to the mitzvot of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by Moshe. 5 The children of Yisra'el lived among the Kana`anim, the Hitti, and the Amori, and the Perizzi, and the Hivvi, and the Yevusi: 6 and they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons and served their gods. 7 The children of Yisra'el did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgot the LORD their God, and served the Ba`alim and the Asherot. 8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Yisra'el, and he sold them into the hand of Kushan-Rish`atayim king of Aram-Naharayim: and the children of Yisra'el served Kushan-Rish`atayim eight years. 9 When the children of Yisra'el cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a savior to the children of Yisra'el, who saved them, even `Otni'el the son of Kenaz, Kalev's younger brother. 10 The Spirit of the LORD came on him, and he judged Yisra'el; and he went out to war, and the LORD delivered Kushan-Rish`atayim king of Aram-Naharayim into his hand: and his hand prevailed against Kushan-Rish`atayim. 11 The land had rest forty years. `Otni'el the son of Kenaz died. 12 The children of Yisra'el again did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened `Eglon the king of Mo'av against Yisra'el, because they had done that which was evil in the sight of the LORD. 13 He gathered to him the children of `Ammon and `Amalek; and he went and struck Yisra'el, and they possessed the city of palm trees. 14 The children of Yisra'el served `Eglon the king of Mo'av eighteen years. 15 But when the children of Yisra'el cried to the LORD, the LORD raised them up a savior, Ehud the son of Gera, the Binyamini, a man left-handed. The children of Yisra'el sent tribute by him to `Eglon the king of Mo'av. 16 Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he girded it under his clothing on his right thigh. 17 He offered the tribute to `Eglon king of Mo'av: now `Eglon was a very fat man. 18 When he had made an end of offering the tribute, he sent away the people who bore the tribute. 19 But he himself turned back from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand to you, king. He said, Keep silence. All who stood by him went out from him. 20 Ehud came to him; and he was sitting by himself alone in the cool upper room. Ehud said, I have a message from God to you. He arose out of his seat. 21 Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his body: 22 and the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed on the blade, for he didn't draw the sword out of his body; and it came out behind. 23 Then Ehud went forth into the porch, and shut the doors of the upper room on him, and locked them. 24 Now when he was gone out, his servants came; and they saw, and, behold, the doors of the upper room were locked; and they said, Surely he is covering his feet in the upper chamber. 25 They waited until they were ashamed; and, behold, he didn't open the doors of the upper room: therefore they took the key, and opened [them], and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the eretz. 26 Ehud escaped while they waited, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped to Seirah. 27 It happened, when he had come, that he blew a shofar in the hill-country of Efrayim; and the children of Yisra'el went down with him from the hill-country, and he before them. 28 He said to them, Follow after me; for the LORD has delivered your enemies the Mo`avim into your hand. They went down after him, and took the fords of the Yarden against the Mo`avim, and didn't allow a man to pass over. 29 They struck of Mo'av at that time about ten thousand men, every lusty man, and every man of valor; and there escaped not a man. 30 So Mo'av was subdued that day under the hand of Yisra'el. The land had rest eighty years. 31 After him was Shamgar the son of `Anat, who struck of the Pelishtim six hundred men with an ox-goad: and he also saved Yisra'el.
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