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Judges 3:23

23 Then Ehud went out to the porcha ; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.

Read Judges 3:23 Using Other Translations

Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.
Then Ehud went out into the porch and closed the doors of the roof chamber behind him and locked them.
Then Ehud closed and locked the doors of the room and escaped down the latrine.

What does Judges 3:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 3:23

Then Ehud went forth through the porch
Which the Targum interprets by "exedra", a place, as Kimchi, where there were many seats, either for the people to sit in while waiting to have admittance into the presence of the king, or where the guards sat, and may be called the guard room; through this Ehud passed with all serenity and composure of mind imaginable, without the least show of distress and uneasiness in his countenance, being fully satisfied that what he had done was right, and according to the will of God:

and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them;
joined the doors of the parlour, as the Targum, the two folds of the door, shut them close together upon Eglon within the parlour, and bolted them within, or drew the bolt on the inside, which he was able to do with a key for that purpose; of which see more on ( Judges 3:25 ) ; and which it is probable he took away along with him; this must be understood as done before he went through the porch, and therefore should be rendered, "when" or "after he had shut the doors" F5; wherefore in the Vulgate Latin version this clause is put first.


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (rgoyw) "quum occlusisset", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
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