Tola judgeth Israel in Shamir.
Judges 10:1 And after Abimelech, there arose to defend Israel, Tola the sonne of Puah, the sonne of Dodo, a man of Issachar, and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim. Judges 10:2 And he iudged Israel twenty and three yeeres, and died, and was buried in Shamir.
Jair, whose thirty sons had thirty cities.
Judges 10:3 And after him arose Iair a Gileadite, and iudged Israel twentie and two yeeres. Judges 10:4 And hee had thirtie sonnes that rode on thirtie asse-colts, and they had thirtie cities, which are called Hauoth-Iair vnto this day, which are in the land of Gilead. Judges 10:5 And Iair died, and was buried in Camon.
The Philistines and Ammorites oppress Israel.
Judges 10:6 And the children of Israel did euill againe in the sight of the LORD, and serued Baalim and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsooke the LORD, and serued not him. Judges 10:7 And the anger of the LORD was hot agaiust Israel, and hee solde them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon. Judges 10:8 And that yere they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteene yeeres, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Iordan, in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. Judges 10:9 Moreouer, the children of Ammon passed ouer Iordan, to fight also against Iudah, and against Beniamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed.
In their misery God sendeth them to their false gods.
Judges 10:10 And the children of Israel cried vnto the LORD, saying, Wee haue sinned against thee, both because wee haue forsaken our God, and also serued Baalim. Judges 10:11 And the LORD said vnto the children of Israel, Did not I [deliuer] you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines? Judges 10:12 The Zidonians also and the Amalekites, and the Maonites did oppresse you, and ye cried to me, and I deliuered you out of their hand. Judges 10:13 Yet ye haue forsaken me, and serued other gods: wherefore I will deliuer you no more. Judges 10:14 Go, and cry vnto the gods which ye haue chosen, let them deliuer you in the time of your tribulation.
Upon their repentance he pitieth them.
Judges 10:15 And the children of Israel said vnto the LORD, We haue sinned, doe thou vnto vs whatsoeuer seemeth good vnto thee, deliuer vs onely, wee pray thee, this day. Judges 10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and serued the LORD: and his soule was grieued for the misery of Israel. Judges 10:17 Then the children of Ammon were gathered together, and encamped in Gilead: and the children of Israel assembled themselues together, and encamped in Mizpeh. Judges 10:18 And the people [and] Princes of Gilead, said one to another, What man [is hee] that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be Head ouer all the inhabitants of Gilead.