Judges 10
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Tola

1After the time of Abimelech, a man of Issachar, Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, rose to deliver Israel. He lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim.

2Tola judged Israel twenty-three years, and when he died, he was buried in Shamir.

Jair

3After Tola arose Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years. 4He had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys. And they had thirty towns in the land of Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth-jair.a

5When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon.

Philistine and Ammonite Oppression

6And again the Israelites did evil in the sight of the LORD. They served the Baals, the Ashtoreths, the gods of Aram, Sidon, and Moab, and the gods of the Ammonites and Philistines. Thus they forsook the LORD and did not serve Him.

7So the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and Ammonites, 8who that very year harassed and oppressed the Israelites, and did so for eighteen years to all the Israelites on the other side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites.

9The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin, and the house of Ephraim, and Israel was in severe distress.

10Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against You, for we have indeed forsaken our God and served the Baals.”

11The LORD replied, “When the Egyptians, Amorites, Ammonites, Philistines, 12Sidonians, Amalekites, and Maonitesb oppressed you and you cried out to Me, did I not deliver you from their hands? 13But you have forsaken Me and served other gods, so I will no longer deliver you. 14Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them deliver you in your time of distress.”

15“We have sinned,” the Israelites said to the LORD. “Deal with us as You see fit; but please deliver us today!” 16So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD, and He could no longer bear the misery of Israel.

17Then the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, and the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah. 18The rulers of Gilead said to one another, “Whoever will launch the attack against the Ammonites will be the head of all who live in Gilead.”

Footnotes:

4 a Or the villages of Jair
12 b Hebrew; some LXX manuscripts Midianites

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