Judges 3:12-30 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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12 Once again the Israelites did what was evil in the LORD's sight, so the LORD gave King Eglon of Moab control over Israel. 12 Once again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and because they did this evil the LORD gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel.
13 Together with the Ammonites and Amalekites, Eglon attacked Israel and took possession of Jericho. 13 Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.
14 And the Israelites were subject to Eglon of Moab for eighteen years. 14 The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years.
15 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. 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.
16 So Ehud made himself a double-edged dagger that was eighteen inches long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing. 16 Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a foot and a half long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.
17 He brought the tax money to Eglon, who was very fat. 17 He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man.
18 After delivering the payment, Ehud sent home those who had carried the tax money. 18 After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way the men who had carried it.
19 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. 19 At the idols near Gilgal he himself turned back and said, "I have a secret message for you, O king." The king said, "Quiet!" And all his attendants left him.
20 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, 20 Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his summer palace and said, "I have a message from God for you." As the king rose from his seat,
21 Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king's belly. 21 Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king's belly.
22 The dagger went so deep that the handle disappeared beneath the king's fat. So Ehud left the dagger in, and the king's bowels emptied. 22 Even the handle sank in after the blade, which came out his back. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.
23 Then Ehud closed and locked the doors and climbed down the latrine and escaped through the sewage access. 23 Then Ehud went out to the porch; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
24 After Ehud was gone, the king's servants returned and found the doors to the upstairs room locked. They thought he might be using the latrine, 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 house."
25 so they waited. But when the king didn't come out after a long delay, they became concerned and got a key. And when they opened the door, they found their master dead on the floor. 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.
26 While the servants were waiting, Ehud escaped, passing the idols on his way to Seirah. 26 While they waited, Ehud got away. He passed by the idols and escaped to Seirah.
27 When he arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Ehud sounded a call to arms. Then he led a band of Israelites down from the hills. 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.
28 "Follow me," he said, "for the LORD has given you victory over Moab your enemy." So they followed him. And the Israelites took control of the shallows of the Jordan River across from Moab, preventing anyone from crossing. 28 "Follow me," he ordered, "for the LORD has given Moab, your enemy, into your hands." So they followed him down and, taking possession of the fords of the Jordan that led to Moab, they allowed no one to cross over.
29 They attacked the Moabites and killed about ten thousand of their strongest and bravest warriors. Not one of them escaped. 29 At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not a man escaped.
30 So Moab was conquered by Israel that day, and the land was at peace for eighty years. 30 That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.