The Lord answered the Israelites, "When the Egyptians, Amorites, Ammonites, Philistines,
Sidonians, Amalekites, and Maonites were cruel to you, you cried out to me, and I saved you.
But now you have left me again and have worshiped other gods. So I refuse to save you again.
You have chosen those gods. So go call to them for help. Let them save you when you are in trouble."
But the people of Israel said to the Lord, "We have sinned. Do to us whatever you want, but please save us today!"
Then the Israelites threw away the foreign gods among them, and they worshiped the Lord again. So he felt sorry for them when he saw their suffering.
The Ammonites gathered for war and camped in Gilead. The Israelites gathered and camped at Mizpah.
The leaders of the people of Gilead said, "Who will lead us to attack the Ammonites? He will become the head of all those who live in Gilead."