Judges 3:15-30 NIV

15 Again the Israelites cried out to the LORD, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.

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16 Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubita long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.

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    • 38 3:16 - S ver 15
    • l 3:16 - That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters
      17 He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man.

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          18 After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way those who had carried it.
          19 But on reaching the stone images near Gilgal he himself went back to Eglon and said, “Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you.” The king said to his attendants, “Leave us!” And they all left.
          20 Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palaceb and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat,

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            • m 3:20 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verse 24.
              21 Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly.

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              22 Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.
              23 Then Ehud went out to the porchc ; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.

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                • n 3:23 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
                  24 After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, “He must be relieving himself in the inner room of the palace.”

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                  25 They waited to the point of embarrassment, but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their lord fallen to the floor, dead.

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                  26 While they waited, Ehud got away. He passed by the stone images and escaped to Seirah.
                  27 When he arrived there, he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down with him from the hills, with him leading them.

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                  28 “Follow me,” he ordered, “for the LORD has given Moab, your enemy, into your hands.” So they followed him down and took possession of the fords of the Jordan that led to Moab; they allowed no one to cross over.

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                  29 At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not one escaped.
                  30 That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.

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