Bible: Judg 3:7-11

Othniel: A Model Leader

3:7 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. 1  They forgot the Lord their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs. 2  3:8 The Lord was furious with Israel 3  and turned them over to 4  King Cushan-Rishathaim 5  of Aram-Naharaim. They were Cushan-Rishathaim’s subjects 6  for eight years. 3:9 When the Israelites cried out for help to the Lord, he 7  raised up a deliverer for the Israelites who rescued 8  them. His name was Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 9  3:10 The Lord’s spirit empowered him 10  and he led Israel. When he went to do battle, the Lord handed over to him King Cushan-Rishathaim of Aram and he overpowered him. 11  3:11 The land had rest for forty years; then Othniel son of Kenaz died.

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