The LORDsaid to the sons of Israel, "Did I not deliver you 1from the Egyptians, 2the Amorites, 3the sons of Ammon, and the Philistines?
"Also when the Sidonians, the Amalekites and the Maonites4oppressed you, you cried out to Me, and I delivered you from their hands.
"Yet 5you have forsaken Me and servedothergods; therefore I will nolongerdeliver you.
"6Go and cry out to the godswhich you have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your distress."
The sons of Israelsaid to the LORD, "We have sinned, 7do to us whatever seems good to You; onlypleasedeliver us thisday."
168So they putaway the foreigngods from among them and served the LORD; and a9He couldbear the misery of Israelnolonger.
Then the sons of Ammon were summoned and they camped in Gilead. And the sons of Israelgathered together and camped in 10Mizpah.
The people, the leaders of Gilead, said to oneanother, "Who is the manwho will begin to fight against the sons of Ammon? He shall becomehead over all the inhabitants of Gilead."