Bible: Judg 3:15-23

3:15 When the Israelites cried out for help to the Lord, he 1  raised up a deliverer for them. His name was Ehud son of Gera the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. 2  The Israelites sent him to King Eglon of Moab with their tribute payment. 3  3:16 Ehud made himself a sword – it had two edges and was eighteen inches long. 4  He strapped it under his coat on his right thigh. 3:17 He brought the tribute payment to King Eglon of Moab. (Now Eglon was a very fat man.)

3:18 After Ehud brought the tribute payment, he dismissed the people who had carried it. 5  3:19 But he went back 6  once he reached 7  the carved images 8  at Gilgal. He said to Eglon, 9  “I have a secret message for you, O king.” Eglon 10  said, “Be quiet!” 11  All his attendants left. 3:20 When Ehud approached him, he was sitting in his well-ventilated 12  upper room all by himself. Ehud said, “I have a message from God 13  for you.” When Eglon rose up from his seat, 14  3:21 Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled the sword from his right thigh, and drove it into Eglon’s 15  belly. 3:22 The handle went in after the blade, and the fat closed around the blade, for Ehud 16  did not pull the sword out of his belly. 17  3:23 As Ehud went out into the vestibule, 18  he closed the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.

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