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 [a]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.20 Ehud came to him while he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” And he arose from his seat.21 Ehud stretched out his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh and thrust it into his belly.22 The handle also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the sword out of his belly; and the refuse came out.23 Then Ehud went out into the vestibule and shut the doors of the roof chamber behind him, and locked them.
24 When he had gone out, his servants came and looked, and behold, the doors of the roof chamber were locked; and they said, “He is only [b]relieving himself in the cool room.”25 They waited until they [c]became anxious; but behold, he did not open the doors of the roof chamber. Therefore they took the key and opened them, and behold, their master had fallen to the [d]floor dead.
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