The anger of the Lord burned against Israel so that he sold(A) them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim(B) king of Aram Naharaim,[a](C) to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years. But when they cried out(D) to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer,(E) Othniel(F) son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them. 10 The Spirit of the Lord came on him,(G) so that he became Israel’s judge[b] and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim(H) king of Aram(I) into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. 11 So the land had peace(J) for forty years,(K) until Othniel son of Kenaz(L) died.


12 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord,(M) and because they did this evil the Lord gave Eglon king of Moab(N) power over Israel. 13 Getting the Ammonites(O) and Amalekites(P) to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.[c](Q) 14 The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab(R) for eighteen years.

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  1. Judges 3:8 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  2. Judges 3:10 Or leader
  3. Judges 3:13 That is, Jericho