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Judges 10 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

10 2 Tola dieth. 5 Jair also dieth. 7 The Israelites are punished for their sins. 10 They cry unto God, 16 and he hath pity on them.

After Abimelech, there arose to defend Israel, Tola, the son of Puah, the son of [a]Dodo, a man of Issachar, which dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.

And he [b]judged Israel three and twenty years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.

¶ And after him arose Jair a Gileadite, and judged Israel two and twenty years.

And he had thirty sons that [c]rode on thirty asscolts, and they had thirty cities, which are called [d]Havoth Jair unto this day, and are in the land of Gilead.

And Jair died, and was buried in Camon.

And the children of Israel wrought wickedness again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtoreth, and the gods of [e]Aram, and the gods of Sidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord and served not him.

Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he [f]sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon:

Who from that year vexed and oppressed the children of Israel eighteen years, [g]even all the children of Israel that were beyond Jordan, in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.

Moreover, the children of Ammon went over Jordan to fight against Judah and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim: so that Israel was sore tormented.

10 Then the children of Israel [h]cried unto the Lord, saying, We have sinned against thee, even because we have forsaken our own God, and have served Baal.

11 And the Lord [i]said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?

12 The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites did oppress you, and ye cried to me, and I saved you out of their hands.

13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: Wherefore I will deliver you no more.

14 Go, and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen: let them save you in the time of your tribulation.

15 And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever please thee: only we pray thee to deliver us [j]this day.

16 Then they put away the strange gods from among them, and [k]served the Lord: and [l]his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

17 Then the children of Ammon gathered themselves together, and pitched in Gilead: and the children of Israel assembled themselves, and pitched in Mizpah.

18 And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another, Whosoever will begin the battle against the children of Ammon, the same shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.


  1. Judges 10:1 Or, his uncle.
  2. Judges 10:2 Or, governed.
  3. Judges 10:4 Signifying, they were men of authority.
  4. Judges 10:4 Or, the towns of Jair, as Deut. 3:14.
  5. Judges 10:6 Or, Syrian.
  6. Judges 10:7 Or, delivered.
  7. Judges 10:8 As the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh.
  8. Judges 10:10 They prayed to the Lord, and confessed their sins.
  9. Judges 10:11 By stirring them up some prophets, as Judg. 6:8.
  10. Judges 10:15 That is, from this present danger.
  11. Judges 10:16 This is true repentance, to put away the evil, and to serve God aright.
  12. Judges 10:16 Or, he pitied.
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Judges 10 New International Version (NIV)


10 After the time of Abimelek, a man of Issachar named Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, rose to save Israel. He lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim. He led[a] Israel twenty-three years; then he died, and was buried in Shamir.


He was followed by Jair of Gilead, who led Israel twenty-two years. He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys. They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair.[b] When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon.


Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the Lord and no longer served him, he became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, who that year shattered and crushed them. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites. The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin and Ephraim; Israel was in great distress. 10 Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord, “We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals.”

11 The Lord replied, “When the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, 12 the Sidonians, the Amalekites and the Maonites[c] oppressed you and you cried to me for help, did I not save you from their hands? 13 But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. 14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!

15 But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.” 16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.

17 When the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah. 18 The leaders of the people of Gilead said to each other, “Whoever will take the lead in attacking the Ammonites will be head over all who live in Gilead.”


  1. Judges 10:2 Traditionally judged; also in verse 3
  2. Judges 10:4 Or called the settlements of Jair
  3. Judges 10:12 Hebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts Midianites
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