New International Version
Then Ehud went out to the porch; he shut the doors of the upper room behind him and locked them.
King James Bible
Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.
Darby Bible Translation
And Ehud went out into the portico, and shut the doors of the upper-chamber upon him, and bolted them.
World English Bible
Then Ehud went forth into the porch, and shut the doors of the upper room on him, and locked them.
Young's Literal Translation
And Ehud goeth out at the porch, and shutteth the doors of the upper chamber upon him, and hath bolted it;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The haft also went in after the blade - As the instrument was very short, and Eglon very corpulent, this might readily take place.
And the dirt came out - This is variously understood: either the contents of the bowels issued through the wound, or he had an evacuation in the natural way through the fright and anguish. The original, פרשדונה parshedonah, occurs only here, and is supposed to be compounded of פרש peresh, dung, and שדה shadah, to shed, and may be very well applied to the latter circumstance; so the Vulgate understood it: Statinque per secreta naturae alvi stercora proruperunt.
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Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, "I have a message from God for you." As the king rose from his seat,
Even the handle sank in after the blade, and his bowels discharged. Ehud did not pull the sword out, and the fat closed in over it.
After he had gone, the servants came and found the doors of the upper room locked. They said, "He must be relieving himself in the inner room of the palace."
2 Samuel 13:18
So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing an ornate robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore.
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