The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab1 for eighteen years.
Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer2--Ehud3, a left-handed4 man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute5 to Eglon king of Moab.
Now Ehud6 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 tribute7 to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man.818
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 palacec9 and said, "I have a message from God for you." As the king rose10 from his seat,
Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword11 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.
Then Ehud went out to the porchd; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, "He must be relieving himself12 in the inner room of the house."