12 Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord. So 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 to himself the sons of Ammon and Amalek; and he went and [a]defeated Israel, and they possessed the city of the palm trees.14 The sons of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.
Ehud Delivers from Moab
15 But when the sons of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. And the sons of Israel sent tribute by [b]him to Eglon the king of Moab.16 Ehud made himself a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his cloak.17 He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man.18 It came about when he had finished presenting the tribute, that he sent away the people who had carried the tribute.19 But he himself turned back from the idols which were at Gilgal, and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” And he said, “Keep silence.” And all who attended him left him.
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