0 Ehud delivers a message from God (Judges 3)

Episode 85: Ehud delivers a message from God

(Judges 3)

The nations God didn't drive out

3 1-5 These are the nations that God left to test Israel to find out whether they would obey him: the Philistines, Canaanites, Sidonians, Hivites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, and Jebusites.

6 The Israelites intermarried with the people of these nations and served their gods.

Othniel delivers Israel from Chushanrishathaim

7 The Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord and served Baalim and the groves.

8 So God was angry and sold them to Chushanrishathaim, the king of Mesopotamia, for eight years.

9 When the Israelites cried out to God, he selected a deliverer, Othniel, Caleb's nephew.

10 The Spirit of God came upon Othniel and God delivered Chushanrishathaim into his hand.

11 And there was peace for forty years. Then Othniel died.

Ehud delivers a message from God

12 The Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord.

13 God punished them by strengthening Eglon, the king of Moab, who smote Israel, with the help of the Ammonites and Amalekites, and possessed the city of palm trees.

14 And the Israelites served Eglon for eighteen years.

15 Then they cried out to God, and God sent them a deliverer named Ehud, who was a left-handed Benjamite.

16 Ehud made a two-edged, cubit-long dagger, which he hid it under his clothes next to his right thigh.

17 Ehud then brought a present to Eglon, who was a very fat man, and said,

19 I have a message to you from God.

21 Then he took the dagger with his left hand and thrust it into Eglon's belly.

Ehud delivers a message from God

22 The dagger's handle went in after the blade and the fat closed in around it, so that Ehud couldn't pull it out. And the dirt came out.

23 Ehud locked the door to Eglon's room.

24 When the servants found the locked door, they said,

King Eglon is covering his feet in his summer chamber.

25 After they got over their embarrassment, the servants found a key to open the door, and saw that King Eglon was dead.

God delivers 10,000 lusty Moabites

26 After killing King Eglon, Ehud blew a trumpet on the mountain of Ephraim, and all the Israelites descended the mountain with him. 28 Ehud said to them,

Follow me because God has delivered the Moabites into your hand.

29 And the Israelites killed about 10,000 men, all lusty men of valor. Not a single man escaped.

30 And there was peace for 80 years.

Shamgar kills 600 with an ox goad

31 Sometime after that, Shamgar killed 600 Philistines with an ox goad.

Shamgar kills 600 Philistines with an ox goad

A few more words about this episode

The city of palm trees (3:13)
Jericho (Deuteronomy 34:3)
Although Jericho was completely destroyed in Episode 79 (Joshua 6:26), it is back in existence now.
King Eglon is covering his feet. (3:24)
A biblical euphemism for going to the bathroom.
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