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.