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Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove
them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
Only that the generations of the children of Israel might
to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;
Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the
and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from
mount Baalhermon unto the entering in of Hamath.
And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they
hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their
fathers by the hand of Moses.
And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites,
and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:
And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave
daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the
forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.
Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and
sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and
the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years.
And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the
raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them,
even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.
And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged
and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of
Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against
And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of
And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of
LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel,
because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.
And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek,
went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.
So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab
But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the
raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man
lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto
Eglon the king of Moab.
But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a
length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.
And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and
was a very fat man.
And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent
the people that bare the present.
But he himself turned again from the quarries that were
Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said,
Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.
And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer
which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from
God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.
And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from
right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:
And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat
upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly;
and the dirt came out.
Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors
the parlour upon him, and locked them.
When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw
behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he
covereth his feet in his summer chamber.
And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he
not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened
them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.
And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond
quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.
And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a
the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him
from the mount, and he before them.
And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD
delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went
down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered
not a man to pass over.
And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men,
lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.
So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And
land had rest fourscore years.
And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of
Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered
Orthodox Library, St. Spyridon, 2007.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, John, Justin, Nell,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!