Workers For Jesus Online Bible Study Table of Contents

About this Bible Study........The King James Version of the Bible is written in a beautiful form of the English language. It can be hard for modern English readers to understand.  In this study, you will find notes and summaries in brown just above the the verses from the Bible. We recommend that you read the notes and summaries first, and then read the verses in their KJV form. 

The Book of Judges

The Israelites moved into Canaan. They had wars with the groups of people who lived in Canaan. They won the wars, and most of the other groups of people died or left Canaan. But some of the other people continued to live in Canaan.

In the book of Joshua, the Israelites obeyed God. They did not worship the other people's false gods. But in the book of Judges, the Israelites do not always obey God. Sometimes they worship false gods. Then God punishes them. Other people come and have wars with the Israelites.

The Israelite judges were leaders. Many of them were leaders of the army. They led the Israelites to win in wars.  This book covers 350 years from the year 1390 B.C. to 1050 B.C.
There were 14 judges in these years.  Some of the judges were Deborah, Gideon, and Samson.

Bible Timeline
Here is a good timeline to see the book of Judges in the history of the Bible

Judges 1 - 3
After Joshua's death, the Israelites continue to make the Canaanites leave.
The Israelites stop fighting and allow Canaanites to live with them.
The Israelites start to worship the Canaanites' false gods.
God stops helping the Israelites in wars.
God gives Israel the first 3 judges: Othniel, Ehud, and Shamgar.


Judges 1

The tribes of Judah and Simeon fight the Canaanites.

After Joshua died, the Israelites needed to fight the Canaanites. The Israelites asked God who would fight for them.
[1] Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?

God said that the tribe of Judah should fight the Canaanites. God will give the Canaanites' land to the tribe of Judah.
[2] And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.

The people in the tribe of Judah asked the people in the tribe of Simeon to help them. If Simeon will help Judah, then later Judah will help Simeon. The tribe of Simeon helped the tribe of Judah.
[3] And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.

The tribe of Judah had a war with the people called the Canaanites and the Perizzites. God helped them and they won the war.   They killed 10,000 men at the place called Bezek.
[4] And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men.

The king of the Canannites and Perizzites was Adoni-bezek. The Israelites chased him and caught him.  Then they cut off his thumbs and his big toes.
[5] And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
[6] But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.

Adoni-bezek said that he did the same thing to 70 other kings in the past. He cut off their thumbs and their big toes. Then they had to pick up tiny pieces of food under his table.  Now God did the same to him.  They took Adoni-bezek to the city of Jerusalem, and he died there.
[7] And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.

The tribe of Judah had a war against the people in the city of Jerusalem. They won the war. They killed the people and burned the city.
[8] Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.

Then the tribe of Judah went south. They fought with the Canaanites who lived in the mountain, the valley, and the desert.
[9] And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley.

This is the area of land that Joshua gave to Caleb. It is in the area where the Israelites spies first saw Canaan. The people who lived there were the Anakims (very large people). The 3 families of the Anakims were named for Anak's sons Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai.

Then the tribe of Judah fought with the Canaanites who lived in the city of Hebron. Hebron was named Kirjath-arba in the past. Judah killed the groups of people called Sheshai, Ahiman, and Talmai.  
[10] And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjath-arba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.

Then Judah fought with the people in the place called Debir (in the past, Debir was called Kirjath-sepher).

[11] And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher:

Caleb said that the man who defeated the place called Kirjath-sepher could marry his daughter, Achsah.
[12] And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.

Kenaz's son, Othniel, defeated Kirjath-sepher. Then he married Achsah.
[13] And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.

After they were married, Achsah encouraged Othniel to ask Caleb for a field of land.  Achsah went to see Caleb. While she was getting off her donkey, her father asked her what she wanted.
[14] And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?

Achsah told Caleb that she needed his help. The land he gave her was dry. She wanted some more land that had springs of water on it. Caleb gave her land that had 2 springs.
[15] And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.

The Kenite people were descendants of Moses' father-in-law. The Kenite people left the city of Jericho and went with the tribe of Judah. They all went into the desert area named Arad. They lived there.

[16] And the children of the Kenite, Moses' father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.

The tribes of Judah and Simeon fought with the Canaanites who lived in Zephath. They killed the Canaanites. They renamed the city Hormah.
[17] And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah.

The tribe of Judah got the cities of Gaza, Askelon, and Ekron. They got the cities and the land around the cities.
[18] Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.

In the book of Judges, God helps the Israelites in some wars but not all wars.  When the Israelites obeyed God's laws, God helped them. When the Israelites sinned and did not obey God's laws, He did not help them. When God helped them, they won the wars. But when God didn't help them, they could not win.

God helped the tribe of Judah. They forced the people who lived in the mountains to leave. But the people who lived in the valley had iron chariots. The tribe of Judah could not make them leave.
[19] And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

The other Israelites gave the city of Hebron to Caleb. Then Caleb fought the descendants of Anak (the very large people). Caleb made all of the descendants of Anak leave.
[20] And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled thence the three sons of Anak.

The Jebusites were a group of people who lived in the city of Jerusalem. This was in the tribe of Benjamin's land. But the tribe of Benjamin did not force the Jebusites to leave.  When this book of the Bible was written, the Jebusites continued to live in Jerusalem.
[21] And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

The tribe of Joseph fought with the people in the city of Bethel. God helped them. The old name of Bethel was Luz. Some of the men of the tribe of Joseph went to look around the area.
[22] And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the LORD was with them.
[23] And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name of the city before was Luz.)

The men who were looking around saw a man come out of the city. They talked to him.  They ask him how to get into the city. They promised that they would not kill him if he told them.
[24] And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will shew thee mercy.

The man showed them how to get into the city. Then they used swords and killed the people in the city. But they let the man and his family go.  The man went to the land where the Hittite people lived. He built a new city. He named his new city Luz (the same name as his old city).
[25] And when he shewed them the entrance into the city, they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man and all his family.
[26] And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a city, and called the name thereof Luz: which is the name thereof unto this day.

Some of the tribes do not force all of the Canaanites to leave.

The tribe of Manasseh did not force all of the other people to leave its land. There were Canaanites who continued to live in the areas of Beth-shean, Taanach, Dor, Ibleam, and Megiddo.

[27] Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.

Later, Israel was very strong.  But the tribe of Manasseh did not force the Canaanites to leave. Instead, they forced the Canaanites to be slaves.
[28] And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.

The tribe of Ephraim did not force all of the Canaanites to leave. Canaanites continued to live in the area of Gezer with the Israelites.
[29] Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.

The tribe of Zebulun did not force all of the Canaanites to leave their land.  Canaanites continued to live in the areas of Kitron and Nahalol. The Canaanites became the slaves of the Israelites.
[30] Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.

The tribe of Asher did not force all of the Canaanites to leave their land.  Canaanites continued to live in the areas of Accho, Zidon, Ahlab, Achzib, Helbah, Aphik, and Rehob.  The Canaanites lived with the tribe of Asher.
[31] Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:
[32] But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.

The tribe of Naphtali did not force all of the Canaanites to leave their land.  Canaanites continued to live in the areas of Beth-shemesh and Beth-anath. The Canaanites lived with the tribe of Naphtali in these areas, and they were the Israelites' slaves.
[33] Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, nor the inhabitants of Beth-anath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and of Beth-anath became tributaries unto them.

The Amorite people forced the tribe of Dan to stay in the mountains. They would not let them move into the valley area. 
[34] And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:

Amorite people also lived on Mount Heres and in the areas of Aijalon and Shaalbim.  Later, the tribes of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) forced the Amorites to be slaves.
[35] But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries.

Akrabbim means scorpion. The area of Akrabbim had many scorpions. This was on the border between the Amorites' land and the tribe of Dan.
[36] And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.

Judges 2

God is angry because the Israelites do not make all of the Canaanites leave.

God sent an angel to give a message to the Israelites. The angel went from the area of Gilgal to the area of Bochim. God's message was that He brought the Israelites out of Egypt and brought them to Canaan. God did not break his promise to Abraham and the other ancestors.

[1] And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.

In the past, the Israelites promised that they would not make peace treaties (deals) with the other people in Canaan. They promised they would destroy the other peoples' altars.  But the Israelites have not kept their promise. God asked them why.
[2] And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?

God said that He will not help the Israelites in wars anymore. The other groups of people will be their enemies. They will try to trap the Israelites so they will worship their false gods.
[3] Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

When God's angel said the message, the Israelites cried loudly.
[4] And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voice, and wept.

The Israelites named the place Bochim.  "Bochim" means crying.
[5] And they called the name of that place Bochim: and they sacrificed there unto the LORD.


The Israelites worship the Canaanites' false gods, and God stops helping them in wars.

Back when Joshua was alive, the Israelites moved to each family's land. The Israelites served God. After Joshua died, there were still some Israelites alive who had seen God's miracles during Joshua's time. Even after Joshua died, these Israelites continued to serve God.  
[6] And when Joshua had let the people go, the children of Israel went every man unto his inheritance to possess the land.
[7] And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel.

Joshua (his father's name was Nun) died when he was 110 years old.  He was buried on his family's land at Timnath-heres. This is in the mountain area of the tribe of Ephraim's land. It is north of the mountain called Gaash.
[8] And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
[9] And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the mount of Ephraim, on the north side of the hill Gaash.

Later, all of the people who were about the same age as Joshua died, too.  Their children had never seen God's miracles themselves. They forgot about God and how God brought their parents and grandparents out of Egypt. They did not follow God's laws. They were very bad and evil.  They started worshiping the false gods of the Canaanite people. These false gods were called Baal and Ashtaroth. God was very angry with them.
[10] And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.
[11] And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim:
[12] And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the LORD to anger.
[13] And they forsook the LORD, and served Baal and Ashtaroth.

God was very angry with the Israelites. He did not help them fight anymore. Other people came and robbed the Israelites. Some of the Israelites became slaves. The Israelites ran away from the other people.
[14] And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.

God didn't help the Israelites now.  He told them that He wouldn't help them in wars anymore. The Israelites were very upset.
[15] Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.


The judges written about in these 2 verses are the judges that will be written about in more detail in the rest of the Book of Judges

Then God gave Israel new leaders (judges) to help them win wars.
[16] Nevertheless the LORD raised up judges, which delivered them out of the hand of those that spoiled them.

But the Israelites did not listen to the judges. They worshiped false gods. They did not obey God's laws like their fathers did.

[17] And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way which their fathers walked in, obeying the commandments of the LORD; but they did not so.

When the other people were oppressing the Israelites (making them slaves and treating them badly), God heard the Israelites' cries. Then God gave Israel new judges to lead them. God helped each judge win wars during all of that judge's life. But after a judge died, the Israelites started to worship false gods again. They continued to worship the false gods more and more. The Israelites were stubborn and would not stop worshiping false gods.

[18] And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.
[19] And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.

The Lord God was very angry with the Israelites. He said that the Israelites have not kept their promise. They did not listen to Him and obey His laws.
[20] And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice;

God said that He will not make the other groups of people leave Canaan. God will use the other people to test the Israelites.  God will see if the Israelites obey Him or if they start to worship false gods.
[21] I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:
[22] That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep it, or not.

God let the other groups of people continue to live in Canaan. God did not make them leave. God did not help the Israelites destroy them in wars.
[23] Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.

Judges 3

God allows other groups of people to defeat the Israelites.

God left some people in Canaan. These people would be tests for the Israelites.  Also, when the Israelites fought wars with these people, the young Israelites would learn about war.
[1] Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan;
[2] Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;

These are the groups of people who were left in Canaan:
5 cities of the Philistines
All of the Canaanites
The Sidonians
The Hivites who lived in the mountains of Lebanon from Mt. Baal-hermon to the city of Hamath.

[3] Namely, five lords of the Philistines, and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonians, and the Hivites that dwelt in mount Lebanon, from mount Baal-hermon unto the entering in of Hamath.

God would use these groups of people to test the Israelites. God would see if the Israelites obeyed His laws that Moses gave to their ancestors.
[4] And they were to prove Israel by them, to know whether they would hearken unto the commandments of the LORD, which he commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses.

The Israelites lived in Canaan with the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 
[5] And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites, and Perizzites, and Hivites, and Jebusites:


The false gods of the Canannites

El-- father of gods, mankind.
Athirat--El's consort
Kothar - and - Khasis--craftsman
Shachar & Shalim--twins
Shamu--sky god
Baal-- god of fertility, 'rider of the clouds', and god of lightning and thunder
Anath-- consort of Baal, also known as Astarte, Asherah, Athtart, Anat, and Ashtoreth;  lesser god of war and the hunt
Baalat-- fertility goddess
Tanit-- lady of Carthage
Shapshu-- sun goddess
Yarikh-- moon god
Kotharat-- conception and childbirth
Athtar-- possibly a god of the desert or of artificial irrigation
Sheger-- god of cattle
Ithm-- god of sheep
Hirgab-- father of eagles
Elsh-- steward
Sha'taqat-- a healing demoness
Nikkal and Ib-- goddess of fruit
Khirkhib-- king of summer and raiding season
Dagon of Tuttul-- god of wheat, inventor of the plow
Baal - Shamen-- lord of the Assembly of the gods at Gubla
Milqart-- god of the Metropolis and of the monarchy at Tyre and Carthage
Eshmun-- god of healing
Yam-- sea and rivers
Arsh-- monstrous attendant of Yam
Atik-- calf of El, enemy of Baal
Ishat-- enemy of Baal
Zabib-- an enemy of Baal
Mot-- sterility, death, and the underworld
Horon-- chthonic deity
Resheph-- pestilence
Aklm-- like grasshoppers
Rephaim-- deities of the underworld
Molech--parents sacrificed children to Molech



The Israelites did not obey God. They did bad things. Israelite men married women from these groups. Israelite women married men from these groups. The Israelites worshiped the false gods of the other groups.  They did not remember that God was their only God. The Israelites worshiped Baal. They worshiped the false gods who were worshiped with groves of trees (Ashteroth,
Asherah, Athtart, Anat, and Ashtoreth)   
[6] And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons, and served their gods.
[7] And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

God was very angry with the Israelites. He let the king of Mesopotamia defeat them. The king's name was Chushan-rishathaim.  The Israelites had to pay taxes to this king for 8 years.
[8] Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim eight years.


God makes Othniel the judge (leader).

The Israelites cried and prayed to God to help them. God gave the Israelites a judge (leader).  The new leader was Othniel.  Othniel's father was Kenaz who was Caleb's younger brother.
[9] And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb's younger brother.

God's spirit came on Othniel. God helped Othniel to be brave and strong. Othniel led Israel. They had a war with the king of Mesopotamia named Chushan-rishathaim.  Israel won the war.

[10] And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushan-rishathaim.

After that, there was no more war for 40 years.  Then Othniel died.
[11] And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.


Ehud kills Eglon and leads the Israelites in war.

After Othniel died, the Israelites started to sin again.  They did not obey God's laws. God made another king strong. His name was Eglon. He was king of the Moabites.
[12] And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD.

Eglon went together with the groups of people called the Ammonites and Amalekites. They had a war and defeated Israel.  Then those groups were in control of the city of palm trees (the city of Jericho).
[13] And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees.

For 18 years, Eglon was in control of the Israelites. They had to work for him and pay taxes to him.
[14] So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

Then the Israelites cried and prayed to the Lord God.  God made a new leader to save them.  The new leader was Ehud.  Ehud's father was Gera.  Ehud was from the tribe of Benjamin. Ehud was lefthanded. The Israelites sent Ehud to go to the king, Eglon. Ehud would take a gift to Eglon.
[15] But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

Before he left to go see the king Eglon, Ehud made a special knife. The knife had 2 edges, and the knife was about 1 1/2 feet long. Ehud hid the knife under his clothes.  He strapped it on his right thigh.
[16] But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

King Eglon was very fat.  Ehud and the people with him brought the gift to the king.
[17] And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.

They gave the gift to the king, then Ehud told the other people to leave.
[18] And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.

Ehud left, too, but then he turned around by the rocks at the place called Gilgal. He went back to the king. He told the king that he needed to give him a secret message. The king told him not to say anything yet. The king told everyone in the room to leave.
[19] But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.

The king was sitting in a private room that was more cool. Ehud told the king he had a message for him from God. King Eglon stood up.

[20] And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

Ehud pulled the big knife out and then stabbed the king in the stomach.
[21] And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

The king was very fat so the knife went all the way in. Even the knife handle went in. The fat closed around the handle so that Ehud could not pull the knife back out.
[22] And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade, so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

Ehud escaped and locked the doors behind him when he left.  The king's workers came to the king's room. They saw the locked doors. They thought that the king locked the doors himself.  They thought the king wanted privacy because he was using the toilet.
[23] Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.
[24] When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.

The king's workers waited outside the door for a long time. Finally, they decided to unlock the doors and go in.  When they went in, they found the king dead.
[25] And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

During the time that the king's workers waited, Ehud had escaped. He had passed the rock quarries and was in the area of Seirath.
[26] And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.


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When Ehud was in the mountains of Ephraim, he blew a trumpet. The other Israelites heard the trumpet, and they followed him down the mountain.
[27] And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

Ehud told them to follow him. He said that God would help them win a war with the people called the Moabites. The Israelites followed him. They went to the place where the Moabites crossed over the Jordan River. The Israelites would not let anyone cross the river.
[28] And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.

The Israelites killed about 10,000 of the best Moabite soldiers. None of them escaped.
[29] And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.

A score is 20 years. Fourscore years is 4 x 20 or 80

After the Israelites defeated the Moabites, there were no wars for 80 years.
[30] So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.


Shamgar is the next Israelite leader.

The next judge to rescue Israel was named Shamgar. He was the son of Anath. Shamgar killed 600 Philistine men with a long pole.

[31] And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel.


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