Bible: Judg. 3:12-30; 11:1-40
Deceit, Assassination, and Deliverance
3:12 The Israelites again did evil in the
3:15 When the Israelites cried out for help to the
3:18 After Ehud brought the tribute payment, he dismissed the people who had carried it. 9 3:19 But he went back 10 once he reached 11 the carved images 12 at Gilgal. He said to Eglon, 13 “I have a secret message for you, O king.” Eglon 14 said, “Be quiet!” 15 All his attendants left. 3:20 When Ehud approached him, he was sitting in his well-ventilated 16 upper room all by himself. Ehud said, “I have a message from God 17 for you.” When Eglon rose up from his seat, 18 3:21 Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled the sword from his right thigh, and drove it into Eglon’s 19 belly. 3:22 The handle went in after the blade, and the fat closed around the blade, for Ehud 20 did not pull the sword out of his belly. 21 3:23 As Ehud went out into the vestibule, 22 he closed the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
3:24 When Ehud had left, Eglon’s 23 servants came and saw the locked doors of the upper room. They said, “He must be relieving himself 24 in the well-ventilated inner room.” 25 3:25 They waited so long they were embarrassed, but he still did not open the doors of the upper room. Finally they took the key and opened the doors. 26 Right before their eyes was their master, sprawled out dead on the floor! 27 3:26 Now Ehud had escaped while they were delaying. When he passed the carved images, he escaped to Seirah.
3:27 When he reached Seirah, 28 he blew a trumpet 29 in the Ephraimite hill country. The Israelites went down with him from the hill country, with Ehud in the lead. 30 3:28 He said to them, “Follow me, for the