The nations which were left to prove Israel.
Judges 3:1 These are þe nacyons which þe lord left, that he myght proue Israel by them: euen as manye of Israell as had not knowen all the warres of Canaam: Judges 3:2 Onlye for þe lernyng of þe generacyon of the children of Israel: þt he also myght teach them warre, in asmuch as they þt were before them, knew nothing therof, Judges 3:3 Of those whom he left, there were fyue lordes of the Philistines, & all the Cananites, & the Sodonites, and the Heuites that dwelt in mount Libanon: euen from mount Baal Hermon vnto Hemath. Judges 3:4 Those remayned to proue Israel by, and to wete, whether they wold herken vnto the commaundementes of the lorde, which he commaunded their fathers by the hand of Moses.
By communion with them they commit idolatry.
Judges 3:5 And the children of Israel dwelt amonge the Cananites, Hethites, Amorites, Pheresites, Heuites, and Iubusytes, Judges 3:6 & toke the daughters of them to be their wyues, & gaue their owne daughters to their sonnes, & serued their Goddes, Judges 3:7 And the children of Israell did wickedlye in the syght of the lord, and forgate the lord their God, and serued Baalim & Aseroth.
Othniel delivereth them from Cushan-rishathaim,
Judges 3:8 Therfore the lord was angrye with Israel, & delyuered them into þe handes of Chusan Risathaim kyng of Mesopotamia, and the children of Israell serued Chusam Risathaim .viii. yeres. Judges 3:9 And when the children of Israel cryed vnto the lorde, the lorde stered vp a sauer, to þe children of Israel, & saued them: one Othoniel the sonne of kenes. Calebs younger brother. Judges 3:10 And the sprete of the lorde came vpon him. And he iudged Israel, and went out to warre. And þe lorde delyuered Chusan Risathaim kyng of Mesopotamia into his hande, & his hande preuayled agaynst Chusan Risathaim. Judges 3:11 And þe lande had rest fourtye yeres, and Othoniel þe sonne of kenes died.
Ehud from Eglon,
Judges 3:12 And the children of Israel went to agayne, & committed wickednesse in the sight of þe lord. And the Lord strengthed Eglon the kyng of the Moabites, agaynst the children of Israel, because they had committed wickednesse before þe lord. Judges 3:13 And this (Eglon) geathered vnto hym the children of Ammon, and the Amalekites, and went and smote Israel, & conquered the citye of Paulme trees. Judges 3:14 And so the children of Israel serued Eglon the king of Moab .xviii. yeres. Judges 3:15 But when they cryed vnto the lorde, the lorde stered them vp a sauer, Ahud the sonne of Gera the sonne of Iemini a man that coulde do nothing handsomlye with his ryght hande. And by him the chyldren of Israel sent a present vnto Eglon the king of Moab: Judges 3:16 but Ahud made him a dagger with two edges, of a cubyte length, & he dyd gyrde yt vnto his rayment vpon his right thygh, Judges 3:17 and caryed the present vnto Eglon the kynge of Moab: And Eglon was a very fatte man. Judges 3:18 And it fortuned that when he had presented the present, he sent the people that bare it awaye, Judges 3:19 but he him selfe turned agayne (from þe place of grauen ymages, that was by Gilgal) and sayde: I haue a secret errand vnto the, O kyng. Which sayde: kepe sylence. And all that stode before hym, went out from hym. Judges 3:20 And Ahud came vnto hym, and in a somer parler, which he had, sat he him selfe alone, and Ahud sayde I haue a message vnto þe from God. And he arose out of hys seate. Judges 3:21 And Ahud put forth hys lefte hande, & toke þe dagger from his ryght thyghe, & thrust it into hys belye, Judges 3:22 and the haft went in after the blade. And the fatte, closed the haft, so þt he myght not drawe the dagger out of hys belye, but the dyrt came out. Judges 3:23 Ahud gat him out at a posterne dore, and shut the dores of the parler about him, and locked them. Judges 3:24 When he was gone out, hys seruauntes came, and whan they sawe that the dores of the parler were locked, they sayde: peraduenture he couereth hys fete in hys somer chamber. Judges 3:25 And they taried tyll they were ashamed, and beholde: seyng he opened not the dores of the parler: they toke a keye, and opened them. And beholde, their Lord was fallen downe dead on the erthe. Judges 3:26 And Ahud eskaped (whyle they taryed) and was gone beyonde, to the place of the grauen ymages, and eskaped into Seirath. Judges 3:27 And when he was come he blewe a trompette in mount Ephraim. And the chyldren of Israel went downe wyth hym from the hyll and he went before them. Judges 3:28 And he sayde vnto them, folowe me: for the Lord hath delyuered youre enemyes, the Moabytes into youre hande. And they descended after him, and toke the passages of Iordan, towarde Moab, and soffered not a man to passe ouer. Judges 3:29 And they slew of the Moabites þe same tyme vpon a ten thousande men, which were all fatte & men of warre, & there skaped not a man, Judges 3:30 so Moab was subdued that daye, vnder the hande of Israel: and the land had rest .lxxx. yeres.
Shamgar from the Philistines.
Judges 3:31 After hym was Samgar the sonne of Anath, whych slewe of the Philistines .vi. hundred men with an oxe goade, and delyuered Israel also.