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Judges 10:1-18

10  And after Abimelec there stood up to save Israel Tolaʽ the son of Puah the son of Dodo the Issacarite; he lived at Shamir in the highland of Ephraim; 2  and he judged Israel twenty-three years, and died and was buried at Shamir. 3  And after him Jair the Gileadite stood up, and judged Israel twenty-two years; 4**  he had thirty sons who rode on thirty young donkeys, and they had thirty cities (these they call the Havvoth of Jair to this day) in the country of Gilead. 5  And Jair died, and was buried at Kamon. 6*  And the sons of Israel did more of what displeased Jehovah, and worshiped the Baals and the ʽAshtarts and the gods of Syria and the gods of Phenicia and the gods of Moab and the gods of the Bene-ʽAmmon and the gods of the Philistines, and left Jehovah and did not worship him. 7  And Jehovah was angry with Israel and sold them into the hands of the Philistines and into the hands of the Bene-ʽAmmon, 8  and they mauled and persecuted the sons of Israel that year—eighteen years, all the sons of Israel on the other side of the Jordan, in the Amorite country in Gilead. 9  And the Bene-ʽAmmon crossed the Jordan to attack even Judah and Benjamin and the highland of Ephraim; and Israel was in great straits. 10  And the sons of Israel cried to Jehovah “We have sinned against you, because we have left our God and worshiped the Baals”; 11  and Jehovah said to the sons of Israel “Is not from the Egyptians and the Amorites from the Bene-ʽAmmon and the Philistines? 12*  and the Phenicians and ʽAmalek and Maʽon oppressed you, and you cried out to me and I saved you out of their hands; 13  but you left me and worshiped other gods; so I will not save you anymore. 14  Go and cry to the gods you have chosen: let them save you in your time of distress.” 15  But the sons of Israel said to Jehovah “We have sinned; do with us yourself just as you think best, only deliver us this day,” 16  and removed the foreign gods out of their midst and worshiped Jehovah; and he could not bear Israel’s suffering. 17  And the Bene-ʽAmmon came out in arms and camped at Gilead; and the sons of Israel came together and camped at Mispah. 18*  And the people, the captains of Gilead, said to each other “Who will be the man that has the nerve to fight the Bene-ʽAmmon? he shall be head of all the population of Gilead.”


10:4 Most copies have the word for cities spelled exactly like the word for young asses
10:4 Or the Thorps of Jair The word Havvoth means tent-villages
10:6 Var. omits and the gods of Syria
10:12 (Maʽon) Var. Midian
10:18 Codd.* the man to begin making war with