11Now these are the nationswhich the LORDleft, to testIsrael by them (that is, allwho had not aexperiencedany of the wars of Canaan ;
2only in order that the generations of the sons of Israel might bbe taughtwar, cthosewho had not dexperienced it formerly ).
These nations are: the fivelords of the Philistines and all the Canaanites and the Sidonians and 2the Hivites who lived in MountLebanon, from MountBaal-hermon as far as eLebo-hamath.
They were for f3testingIsrael, to find out if they would gobey the commandments of the LORD, which He had commanded their fathershthroughMoses.
54The sons of Israellivedamong the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites ;
and 5they took their daughters for themselves as wives, and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
The sons of Israeldid6what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and 7forgot the LORD their God and 8served the Baals and the iAsheroth.
Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, so that He sold them into the hands of Cushan-rishathaimking of jMesopotamia ; and the sons of IsraelservedCushan-rishathaimeightyears.
When the sons of Israelcried to the LORD, the LORDraised up a deliverer for the sons of Israel to deliver them, 9Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb'syoungerbrother.
1010The Spirit of the LORDcame upon him, and he judgedIsrael. When he went out to war, the LORDgaveCushan-rishathaimking of kMesopotamia into his hand, so that lhe prevailedoverCushan-rishathaim.
Then the landhadrestfortyyears. And Othniel the son of Kenazdied.
Now the sons of Israelagain11didevil in the sight of the LORD. So 12the LORDstrengthenedEglon the king of MoabagainstIsrael, because they had doneevil in the sight of the LORD.
And he gathered to himself the sons of Ammon and Amalek ; and he went and mdefeatedIsrael, and they possessed13the city of the palmtrees.
The sons of IsraelservedEglon the king of Moabeighteenyears.
But when the sons of Israel14cried to the LORD, the LORDraised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handedman. And the sons of Israelsenttribute by nhim to Eglon the king of Moab.
16Ehudmade himself a sword which had twoedges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his rightthighunder his cloak.
He presented the tribute to Eglonking of Moab. Now Eglon was a veryfatman.
It came about when he had finishedpresenting the tribute, that he sentaway the people who had carried the tribute.
But he himselfturnedback from the idolswhich were at Gilgal, and said, "I have a secretmessage for you, O king." And he said, "Keepsilence." And all who attended him left him.
20Ehudcame to him while he was sittingalone in his coolroofchamber. And Ehudsaid, "I have a message from God for you." And he arose from his seat.
21Ehudstretched out his lefthand, took the sword from his rightthigh and thrust it into his belly.
The handlealsowent in after the blade, and the fatclosedover the blade, for he did not draw the sword out of his belly ; and the refusecame out.
Then Ehudwent out into the vestibule and shut the doors of the roofchamberbehind him, and locked them.
When he had gone out, his servantscame and looked, and behold, the doors of the roofchamber were locked ; and they said, "15He is onlyorelieving himself in the coolroom."
They waiteduntil they pbecameanxious ; but behold, he did not open the doors of the roofchamber. Therefore they took the key and opened them, and behold, their master had fallen to the qfloordead.
Now Ehudescapedwhile they were delaying, and he passed by the idols and escaped to Seirah.
It came about when he had arrived, that 16he blew the trumpet in the hillcountry of Ephraim ; and the sons of Israelwentdown with him from the hillcountry, and he was in front of them.
He said to them, "Pursue them, for the LORD has given your enemies the Moabites into your hands." So they wentdownafter him and seized17the fords of the Jordan opposite Moab, and did not allowanyone to cross.
They struckdown at that time about tenthousandMoabites, allrobust and valiantmen ; and nooneescaped.
So Moab was subdued that dayunder the hand of Israel. And the land was undisturbed for eightyyears.