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Judges 3:1-31

1These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan 2(he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience): 3the five rulers of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites living in the Lebanon mountains from Mount Baal Hermon to Lebo Hamath. 4They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the Lord’s commands, which he had given their ancestors through Moses.

5The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 6They took their daughters in marriage and gave their own daughters to their sons, and served their gods.


7The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord; they forgot the Lord their God and served the Baals and the Asherahs. 8The anger of the Lord burned against Israel so that he sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim,3:8 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years. 9But when they cried out to the Lord, he raised up for them a deliverer, Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, who saved them. 10The Spirit of the Lord came on him, so that he became Israel’s judge3:10 Or leader and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. 11So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died.


12Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and because they did this evil the Lord gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel. 13Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms.3:13 That is, Jericho 14The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for eighteen years.

15Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab. 16Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit3:16 That is, about 18 inches or about 45 centimeters long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing. 17He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man. 18After Ehud had presented the tribute, he sent on their way those who had carried it. 19But 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.

20Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace3:20 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain; also in verse 24. and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat, 21Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly. 22Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it. 23Then Ehud went out to the porch3:23 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.

24After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, “He must be relieving himself in the inner room of the palace.” 25They waited to the point of embarrassment, but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their lord fallen to the floor, dead.

26While they waited, Ehud got away. He passed by the stone images and escaped to Seirah. 27When he arrived there, he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down with him from the hills, with him leading them.

28“Follow me,” he ordered, “for the Lord has given Moab, your enemy, into your hands.” So they followed him down and took possession of the fords of the Jordan that led to Moab; they allowed no one to cross over. 29At that time they struck down about ten thousand Moabites, all vigorous and strong; not one escaped. 30That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.


31After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.

Akuapem Twi Contemporary Bible

Atemmufo 3:1-31

Aman A Wɔkaa Kanaan

1Awurade gyaw aman bi wɔ asase no so a na ɔnam so pɛ sɛ ɔsɔ Israelfo a wɔnkɔɔ Kanaan ko no bi da hwɛ. 2Ɔyɛɛ saa de kyerɛɛ Israel nkyirimma a wɔnkɔɔ ɔko da no sɛnea wobenya akodi ho nimdeɛ. 3Saa aman no ni: Filistifo (wɔn a na wɔhyɛ Filistifo ahemfo baanum bi ase no), Kanaanfo nyinaa, Sidonfo, Hewifo a na wɔte Lebanon bepɔw no so fi Baal Hermon bepɔw ho de kosi Lebo Hamat. 4Wogyaw saa nkurɔfo yi de sɔɔ Israelfo no hwɛe, pɛɛ sɛ wohu sɛ wobedi mmara a Awurade nam Mose so hyɛ maa wɔn agyanom no so ana.

5Enti Israelfo no tenaa Kanaanfo, Hetifo, Amorifo, Perisifo, Hewifo ne Yebusifo no mu. 6Na wodii wɔn ho aware. Israelfo mmabarima no warewaree wɔn mmabea na wɔde Israelfo mmabea nso maa wɔn mmabarima aware. Na Israelfo no som wɔn anyame.

Otniel Bɛyɛ Israel So Otemmufo

7Israelfo no yɛɛ nea ɛyɛ Awurade ani so bɔne. Wɔn werɛ fii Awurade wɔn Nyankopɔn, na wɔsom Baalim ahoni ne Asera nnua. 8Awurade abufuw mu yɛɛ den tiaa Israel nti, ɔde wɔn hyɛɛ Aramhene Kusan-Risataim nsam. Na Israelfo yɛɛ Kusan-Risataim nkoa mfirihyia awotwe.

9Nanso Israelfo su frɛɛ Awurade no, oyii ɔbarima bi sɛ ogyefo maa wɔn. Ne din ne Otniel a ɔyɛ Kaleb nua kumaa Kenas babarima. 10Awurade honhom baa ne so, enti ɔbɛyɛɛ Israel otemmufo. Ɔko tiaa Aramhene Kusan-Risataim na Awurade maa Otniel dii ne so nkonim. 11Enti asomdwoe baa asase no so mfirihyia aduanan. Na Kenas babarima Otniel wui.

Ehud Bɛyɛ Israel So Otemmufo

12Bio, Israelfo no yɛɛ nea ɛyɛ Awurade ani so bɔne, na ɛno nti, Awurade de tumi hyɛɛ Moabhene Eglon nsa ma odii Israel so. 13Eglon boaboaa Amonfo3.13 Na Amonfo yɛ Lot asefo (1 Mose 19.38). Na Amalekfo nso yɛ Esau asefo (1 Mose 36.12,16). Na wɔbɛn Israel, nanso na wɔyɛ Israelfo atamfo kɛse. ne Amalekfo ano ma wɔbɛkaa ne ho na wɔkɔtow hyɛɛ Israelfo so. Wodii wɔn so, faa kuropɔn Yeriko. 14Israelfo no som Moabhene Eglon mfirihyia dunwɔtwe.

15Nanso Israelfo no su frɛɛ Awurade bio no, Awurade maa wɔn ogyefo. Ne din ne Ehud, Gera babarima a ɔyɛ abenkumma na ofi Benyamin abusuakuw mu. Israelfo no somaa Ehud sɛ ɔmfa wɔn sonkahiri sika nkɔma Moabhene Eglon. 16Enti Ehud bɔɔ afoa anofanu a ne tenten yɛ nsateaa dunwɔtwe. Ɔde hyɛɛ ne srɛ nifa ho de siee nʼatade mu. 17Ɔde sonkahiri sika no brɛɛ Eglon a wayɛ kɛse tobonn no. 18Ɔde sika no maa no wiee no, Ehud gyaa wɔn a na wɔso sika no kwan ma wɔkɔɔ fie. 19Nanso bere a Ehud duu abo ahoni a ɛbɛn Gilgal no, ɔsan nʼakyi baa Eglon nkyɛn bɛka kyerɛɛ no se, “Mewɔ kokoamsɛm bi ka kyerɛ wo.” Enti ɔhene no maa nʼasomfo no nyinaa yɛɛ dinn na ɔmaa wɔn nyinaa fii ɔdan mu hɔ.

20Afei, Ehud kɔɔ Eglon nkyɛn. Na ɔte abansoro dan bi a emu dwo mu. Ehud ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Mewɔ asɛm bi a efi Onyankopɔn nkyɛn ka kyerɛ wo!” Bere a ɔhene Eglon sɔre fii nʼakongua mu ara pɛ, 21Ehud de ne nsa benkum twee afoa a ɔde ahyɛ ne srɛ nifa ho no de wɔɔ ɔhene no yafunu mu. 22Afoa no kɔɔ akyiri kosii sɛ ne bona no mpo wuraa ɔhene no srade mu maa ɛso katae. Enti Ehud gyaa afoa no wɔ yafunu no mu maa ne nsono tu gui. 23Afei, Ehud totoo apon no mu foroo agyanan dan no, faa ne asuten no mu guan kɔe.

24Ehud kɔe akyi no, ɔhene asomfo no baa hɔ behuu sɛ wɔatoto apon a ɛkɔ aban no so no mu. Na wodwen sɛ ɔwɔ agyananbea hɔ, 25enti wɔtwɛnee. Wɔtwɛn ara na ɔhene no mma no, ɛhaw wɔn ma wɔkɔhwehwɛɛ safe bi. Na wobuee pon no, wohuu sɛ wɔn wura awu da fam.

26Bere a asomfo no retwɛn no, Ehud guan faa abo ahoni no so a ɔrekɔ Seira. 27Oduu Efraim bepɔw asase no so no, Ehud hyɛn torobɛnto kyerɛɛ ɔman no sɛ wɔmfa akode mmra. Enti odii Israelfo kuw bi anim sian bepɔw no.

28Ɔka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Munni mʼakyi. Awurade ama moadi Moabfo a wɔyɛ mo atamfo no so nkonim.” Enti wotu dii nʼakyi. Israelfo no faa asubɔnten Yordan baabi a ɛhɔ nnɔ a wofi Moab twa. Ɛno nti na obiara ntumi mfa hɔ ntwa Asubɔnten no. 29Wɔtow hyɛɛ Moabfo no so. Wokunkum wɔn dɔmmarima no bɛyɛ mpem du. Wɔn mu biara antumi anguan. 30Enti Israelfo dii Moabfo so nkonim saa da no, na asomdwoe baa asase no so mfirihyia aduɔwɔtwe.

Samgar Bɛyɛ Israel So Otemmufo

31Ehud akyi no, Anat babarima Samgar gyee Israelfo. Ɔde nantwika abaa kum Filistifo ahansia.