The Israelites lived1 among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites,2 Hivites and Jebusites.36
They took their daughters4 in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.56
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD; they forgot the LORD 7 their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs.88
The anger of the LORD burned against Israel so that he sold9 them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim10 king of Aram Naharaim,a11 to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years.
But when they cried out12 to the LORD, he raised up for them a deliverer,13 Othniel14 son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, who saved them.
The Spirit of the LORD came upon him,15 so that he became Israel's judgeb and went to war. The LORD gave Cushan-Rishathaim16 king of Aram17 into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him.
So the land had peace18 for forty years,19 until Othniel son of Kenaz20 died.
Once again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD,21 and because they did this evil the LORD gave Eglon king of Moab22 power over Israel.
Getting the Ammonites23 and Amalekites24 to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.c2514
The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab26 for eighteen years.
Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer27--Ehud28, a left-handed29 man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute30 to Eglon king of Moab.