The Bible in Its Traditions

Judges 3:12–30

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12  And the children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of YHWH; and the YHWH strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done that which was evil in the sight of the LORD.

12  And the children of Israel continued to do evil before the Lord: and the Lord strengthened Eglom king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil before the Lord.

12  Then the sons of Israel resumed doing evil in the sight of the Lord, who strengthened Eglon, the king of Moab, against them because they did evil in his sight.

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13  And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek; and he went and smote Israel, and they possessed the city of palm-trees.

13  And he joined to him the sons of Ammon and the sons of Amalek. And he went forth and struck Israel, and he possessed the City of Palms.

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14  And the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

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15  But when the children of Israel cried unto YHWH, the YHWH raised them up a saviour, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a man left-handed; and the children of Israel sent a present by him unto Eglon the king of Moab.

15  And the children of Israel cried to the Lord; and he raised up to them a saviour, Aod the son of Gera a son of Jemeni, a man who used both hands alike: and the children of Israel sent gifts by his hand to Eglom king of Moab.

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16  And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

16  And Aod made himself a dagger of two edges, of a span long, and he girded it under his cloak upon his right thigh.

16  And he made for himself a two-edged sword, having a handle, reaching to the middle, the length of the palm of a hand. And he was girded with it under his cloak, on the right thigh.

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17  And he offered the present unto Eglon king of Moab--now Eglon was a very fat man.

17  And he went, and brought the presents to Eglom king of Moab, and Eglom was a very handsome man.

17  And he brought the present to Eglon king of Moab; and King Eglon was a simple-minded man.

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18  And when he had made an end of offering the present, he sent away the people that bore the present.

18  And it came to pass when Aod had made an end of offering his gifts, that he dismissed those that brought the gifts.

18  And when he had presented the gifts to him, he followed out his companions, who had arrived with him.

19  But he himself turned back from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said: 'I have a secret errand unto thee, O king.' And he said: 'Keep silence.' And all that stood by him went out from him.

19  And he himself returned from the quarries that are by Galgal; and Aod said, I have a secret errand to thee, O king! and Eglom said to him, Be silent: and he sent away from his presence all who waited upon him.

19  And then, returning from Gilgal where the idols were, he said to the king, “I have a secret word for you, O king.” And he ordered silence. And when all those who were around him had departed,

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20  And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting by himself alone in his cool upper chamber. And Ehud said: 'I have a message from God unto thee.' And he arose out of his seat.

20  Ehud entered to him. Now he was sitting alone in a summer upper room. And he said, “I have a word from God to you.” And immediately he rose up from his throne.

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21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly.

21  And it came to pass as he arose, that Aod stretched forth his left hand, and took the dagger off his right thigh, and plunged it into his belly;

21  And Ehud extended his left hand, and he took the dagger from his right thigh. And he thrust it into his abdomen

22  And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, for he drew not the sword out of his belly; and it came out behind.

22  and drove in also the haft after the blade, and the fat closed in upon the blade, for he drew not out the dagger from his belly.

22  so strongly that the handle followed the blade into the wound, and was enclosed by the great amount of fat. Neither did he withdraw the sword. Instead, he left it in the body just as he had struck with it. And immediately, by the private parts of nature, the filth of the bowels went out.

23  Then Ehud went forth into the porch, and shut the doors of the upper chamber upon him, and locked them.

23  And Aod went out to the porch, and passed out by the appointed guards, and shut the doors of the chamber upon him, and locked them.

23  Then Ehud carefully closed the doors of the upper room. And securing the bars,

24  Now when he was gone out, his servants came; and they saw, and, behold, the doors of the upper chamber were locked; and they said: 'Surely he is covering his feet in the cabinet of the cool chamber.'

24  And he went out: and Eglom’s servants came, and saw, and behold, the doors of the upper chamber were locked; and they said, Does he not uncover his feet in the summer-chamber?

24  he departed by a back exit. And the servants of the king, entering, saw that the doors of the upper room were closed, and they said, “Perhaps he is emptying his bowels in the summer room.”

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25  And they tarried till they were ashamed; and, behold, he opened not the doors of the upper chamber; therefore they took the key, and opened them; and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

25  And after waiting a long time, until they were embarrassed, and seeing that no one opened the door, they took the key, and opening it, they found their lord lying dead on the ground.

25  And they waited for a long time; and seeing that he did not open the doors of the upper chamber, they took keys and opened them; and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the floor.

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26  And Ehud escaped while they lingered, having passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirah.

26  And Aod escaped while they were in a tumult, and no one paid attention to him; and he passed the quarries, and escaped to Setirotha.

26  But Ehud, while they were in confusion, escaped and passed by the place of the idols, from which he had returned. And he arrived at Seirath.

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27  And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a horn in the hill-country of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the hill-country, and he before them.

27  And immediately he sounded the trumpet on Mount Ephraim. And the sons of Israel descended with him, he himself advancing at the front.

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28  And he said unto them: 'Follow after me; for YHWH hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand.' And they went down after him, and took the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites, and suffered not a man to pass over.

28  And he said to them, Come down after me, for the Lord God has delivered our enemies, even Moab, into our hand; and they went down after him, and seized on the fords of Jordan before Moab, and he did not suffer a man to pass over.

28  And he said to them: “Follow me. For the Lord has delivered our enemies, the Moabites, into our hands.” And they descended after him, and they occupied the fords of the Jordan, which cross over to Moab. And they did not permit anyone to cross.

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29  And they smote of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, every lusty man, and every man of valour; and there escaped not a man.

29  And so, they struck down the Moabites at that time, about ten thousand, all strong and robust men. None of them were able to escape.

29  And they slew of the Moabites at that time about ten thousand men, all great and valiant men; and there escaped not a man.

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30  So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.