Bible: Judges 3:5-11

3:5 The Israelites lived among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 3:6 They took the Canaanites’ daughters as wives and gave their daughters to the Canaanites; 1  they worshiped 2  their gods as well.

Othniel: A Model Leader

3:7 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. 3  They forgot the Lord their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs. 4  3:8 The Lord was furious with Israel 5  and turned them over to 6  King Cushan-Rishathaim 7  of Aram-Naharaim. They were Cushan-Rishathaim’s subjects 8  for eight years. 3:9 When the Israelites cried out for help to the Lord, he 9  raised up a deliverer for the Israelites who rescued 10  them. His name was Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 11  3:10 The Lord’s spirit empowered him 12  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. 13  3:11 The land had rest for forty years; then Othniel son of Kenaz died.

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