The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he became Israel's judge. He went to war against King Cushan-rishathaim of Aram, and the LORD gave Othniel victory over him.
So there was peace in the land for forty years. Then Othniel son of Kenaz died.
Once again the Israelites did what was evil in the LORD's sight, so the LORD gave King Eglon of Moab control over Israel.
Together with the Ammonites and Amalekites, Eglon attacked Israel and took possession of Jericho. a14
And the Israelites were subject to Eglon of Moab for eighteen years.
But when Israel cried out to the LORD for help, the LORD raised up a man to rescue them. His name was Ehud son of Gera, of the tribe of Benjamin, who was left-handed. The Israelites sent Ehud to deliver their tax money to King Eglon of Moab.
So Ehud made himself a double-edged dagger that was eighteen inches b long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing.
He brought the tax money to Eglon, who was very fat.
After delivering the payment, Ehud sent home those who had carried the tax money.
But when Ehud reached the stone carvings near Gilgal, he turned back. He came to Eglon and said, "I have a secret message for you." So the king commanded his servants to be silent and sent them all out of the room.
Ehud walked over to Eglon as he was sitting alone in a cool upstairs room and said, "I have a message for you from God!" As King Eglon rose from his seat,
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