Judges 3:16
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New International Version
Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.

New Living Translation
So Ehud made a double-edged dagger that was about a foot long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing.

English Standard Version
And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes.

New American Standard Bible
Ehud made himself a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his cloak.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ehud made himself a double-edged sword 18 inches long. He strapped it to his right thigh under his clothes

International Standard Version
Ehud forged a double-edged sword that was one cubit long, tied it to his right thigh under his cloak,

NET Bible
Ehud made himself a sword--it had two edges and was eighteen inches long. He strapped it under his coat on his right thigh.

New Heart English Bible
Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he girded it under his clothing on his right thigh.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ehud made a two-edged dagger for himself. He fastened it to his right side under his clothes.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

New American Standard 1977
And Ehud made himself a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he bound it on his right thigh under his cloak.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Ehud had made himself a two-edged sword of a cubit length, and he girded it under his clothing upon his right thigh.

King James 2000 Bible
But Ehud made himself a dagger which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he did gird it under his clothes upon his right thigh.

American King James Version
But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment on his right thigh.

American Standard Version
And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he made himself a two-edged sword, with a haft in the midst of the length of the palm of the hand, and was girded therewith under his garment on the right thigh.

Darby Bible Translation
And Ehud made him a sword having two edges, it was of a cubit length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right hip.

English Revised Version
And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

World English Bible
Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he wore it under his clothing on his right thigh.

Young's Literal Translation
and Ehud maketh for himself a sword, and it hath two mouths (a cubit is its length), and he girdeth it under his long robe on his right thigh;
Study Bible
Ehud Delivers the Israelites
15But when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. And the sons of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. 16Ehud made himself a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his cloak. 17He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man.…
Cross References
Judges 3:15
But when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. And the sons of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab.

Judges 3:17
He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man.

2 Samuel 20:8
When they were at the large stone which is in Gibeon, Amasa came to meet them. Now Joab was dressed in his military attire, and over it was a belt with a sword in its sheath fastened at his waist; and as he went forward, it fell out.
Treasury of Scripture

But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment on his right thigh.

two edges

Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword …

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any …

Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went …

Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things said …

upon

Judges 3:21 And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right …

Psalm 45:3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and your majesty.

Songs 3:8 They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man has his sword …

(16) Made him a dagger which had two edges.--Probably, as in other servitudes, the children of Israel had been disarmed. The "two edges" (comp. Revelation 1:16) show that it was not a mere knife (comp. Psalm 144:6; Hebrews 4:12). Jerome, in the Vulgate, after rightly rendering the word ancipitem, adds, "having a handle in the midst," which seems useless and meaningless, and has no equivalent in the Hebrew.

A cubit length.--The LXX. and Vulgate render it a span long (spitham?s, palm; Luther, eine elle lang). The Hebrew word is not amm?h, the usual word for a cubit, but gmed. A dagger of a span long hardly, however, suits the following narrative, and perhaps gmed is an archaic word for amm?h. It meant originally "a staff."

Under his raiment.--The LXX. and Vulgate have "under his war-cloak" (LXX. manduan, Vulg. sagum). The LXX., however, are only adopting a method very common with them--of choosing a Greek or, as in this case, a Persian (Hesych.) word which resembles the Hebrew word (maddim) in sound. The root of the Hebrew word shows that a long flowing robe (vests talaris) is intended. Dean Stanley suggests that he wore it as leader of the tribe. Prudentius describes Discord as "hiding a dagger under her robe."

Upon his right thigh.--This would avert all suspicion. Doubtless the war-cloak was flung in folds over the left shoulder, and Eglon, unaware that the bearer of the tribute was left-handed, would see that the side at which arms were usually worn was covered with a flowing robe, and would not suspect the dagger hidden at the right side. Daggers were often, however, worn at the right side, when a sword was slung to the left. Amasa fell by a similar act of treachery. Joab, advancing to kiss him, clasped his beard with his right hand, while with his unsuspected left he gave the deadly thrust (2Samuel 20:9-10).

But Ehud made him a dagger, which had two edges, of a cubit length,.... A little sword, as Josephus calls it (y), with two edges, that it might cut both ways, and do the execution he designed by it, and was about half a yard long; which he could the more easily conceal, and use for his purpose:

and he did gird it under his raiment; that it might not be seen, and give occasion of suspicion; this was a military garment, the "sagum", as the Vulgate Latin version, which was coarse, and made of wool, and reached to the ankle, and was buttoned upon the shoulder, and put over the coat (z); the Septuagint makes use of a word Suidas (a) interprets a coat of mail:

upon his right thigh; whereas a sword is more commonly girt upon the left; though some observe, from various writers, that the eastern people used to gird their swords on their right thigh; or this was done that it might be the less discernible and suspected, and chiefly as being most convenient for him, a lefthanded man, to draw it out upon occasion.

(y) Ibid. (Antiqu. l. 5. c. 4. sect. 2.) (z) Vid. Valtrinum de re militar. Roman. l. 3. c. 13. (a) In voce 16. Ehud made him a dagger … and he did gird it … upon his right thigh—The sword was usually worn on the left side; so that Ehud's was the more likely to escape detection.3:12-30 When Israel sins again, God raises up a new oppressor. The Israelites did ill, and the Moabites did worse; yet because God punishes the sins of his own people in this world, Israel is weakened, and Moab strengthened against them. If lesser troubles do not do the work, God will send greater. When Israel prays again, God raises up Ehud. As a judge, or minister of Divine justice, Ehud put to death Eglon, the king of Moab, and thus executed the judgments of God upon him as an enemy to God and Israel. But the law of being subject to principalities and powers in all things lawful, is the rule of our conduct. No such commissions are now given; to pretend to them is to blaspheme God. Notice Ehud's address to Eglon. What message from God but a message of vengeance can a proud rebel expect? Such a message is contained in the word of God; his ministers are boldly to declare it, without fearing the frown, or respecting the persons of sinners. But, blessed be God, they have to deliver a message of mercy and of free salvation; the message of vengeance belongs only to those who neglect the offers of grace. The consequence of this victory was, that the land had rest eighty years. It was a great while for the land to rest; yet what is that to the saints' everlasting rest in the heavenly Canaan.
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