15 Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer(A)—Ehud(B), a left-handed(C) man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute(D) to Eglon king of Moab.

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17 He presented the tribute(A) to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man.(B) 18 After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way those who had carried it. 19 But on reaching the stone images near Gilgal he himself went back to Eglon and said, “Your Majesty, I have a secret message for you.”

The king said to his attendants, “Leave us!” And they all left.

20 Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace[a](C) and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose(D) from his seat,

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  1. Judges 3:20 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verse 24.

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