Evil in the Sight of the Lord

Judges 3:1-31 KJV

Evil in the Sight of the Lord

Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove a Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known b all the wars of Canaan;

[2] Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

[3] Namely , five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the entering in of Hamath.

[4] And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the Lord , which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

[5] And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:

[6] And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.

[7] And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord , and forgat the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

Eight Years of Bondage

[8] Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years.

Israel Delivered by Othniel

[9] And when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord , the Lord raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.

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[10] And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the Lord delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim.

[11] And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.

[12] And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord : and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord .

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

[14] So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

A Present for Eglon

[15] But when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord , the Lord raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

[16] 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.

[17] And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.

[18] And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.

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

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Ehud Kills Eglon

[20] And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

[21] And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

[22] And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

[23] Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.

[24] When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.

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

[26] And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

Israel Led to Capture Moab

[27] And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

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

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[29] And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.

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

[31] And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.


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