Judges 3:16

16 Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubita long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.

Read Judges 3:16 Using Other Translations

But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes.
So Ehud made a double-edged dagger that was about a foot long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing.

What does Judges 3:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 3:16

But Ehud made him a dagger, which had two edges, of a cubit
A little sword, as Josephus calls it F25, with two edges, that it might cut both ways, and do the execution he designed by it, and was about half a yard long; which he could the more easily conceal, and use for his purpose:

and he did gird it under his raiment;
that it might not be seen, and give occasion of suspicion; this was a military garment, the "sagum", as the Vulgate Latin version, which was coarse, and made of wool, and reached to the ankle, and was buttoned upon the shoulder, and put over the coat F26; the Septuagint makes use of a word Suidas F1 interprets a coat of mail:

upon his right thigh;
whereas a sword is more commonly girt upon the left; though some observe, from various writers, that the eastern people used to gird their swords on their right thigh; or this was done that it might be the less discernible and suspected, and chiefly as being most convenient for him, a lefthanded man, to draw it out upon occasion.


F25 Ibid. (Antiqu. l. 5. c. 4. sect. 2.)
F26 Vid. Valtrinum de re militar. Roman. l. 3. c. 13.
F1 In voce (manduav) .
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