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Reference: Ehud


A Benjamite, who delivered Israel from the Moabites, by first slaying Eglon their king, and then raising an army and defeating his people. He judged Israel with honor for many years, Jg 3:12-31; 4:1.

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union. (1.) A descendant of Benjamin (1Ch 7:10), his great-grandson.

(2.) The son of Gera, of the tribe of Benjamin (Jg 3:15). After the death of Othniel the people again fell into idolatry, and Eglon, the king of Moab, uniting his bands with those of the Ammonites and the Amalekites, crossed the Jordan and took the city of Jericho, and for eighteen years held that whole district in subjection, exacting from it an annual tribute. At length Ehud, by a stratagem, put Eglon to death with a two-edged dagger a cubit long, and routed the Moabites at the fords of the Jordan, putting 10,000 of them to death. Thenceforward the land, at least Benjamin, enjoyed rest "for fourscore years" (Jg 3:12-30). (See Quarries [2].) But in the south-west the Philistines reduced the Israelites to great straits (Jg 5:6). From this oppression Shamgar was raised up to be their deliverer.

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(See EGLON.) An hereditary name in Benjamin (1Ch 7:10; 8:6). The second of the judges was son of Gera, also an hereditary name in Benjamin (Ge 46:21; 2Sa 16:5; 1Ch 8:3). Israel's "deliverer," under God, from the Moabite Eglon who had crossed the Jordan westward, and seized Jericho, in Ehud's tribe, Benjamin (Jg 3:9,12-30; Ne 9:27, "saviors".) He could use his left hand as readily as his right hand (Jg 20:16). "He made him" a dagger; for, as under the Philistines (1Sa 13:19) so now under Moab the making of iron weapons publicly was forbidden. He girt on" his right thigh" where its presence would never be suspected, the left being the sword side and where to his left hand it would be most convenient. He may have been one of the 600 left-handed slingers who escaped to the Rock Rimmon just thirteen years before.

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1. The deliverer of Israel from Eglon, king of Moab (Jg 3:12-30). The story of how Ehud slew Eglon bears upon it the stamp of genuineness; according to it, Ehud was the bearer of a present from the children of Israel to their conqueror, the king of Moab. On being left alone with the king, Ehud plunges his sword into the body of Eglon, and makes good his escape into the hill-country of Ephraim. Israel is thus delivered from the Moabite supremacy. 2. Son of Bilhan, a Benjamite (1Ch 7:10; cf. 1Ch 8:6).

W. O. E. Oesterley.

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1. Son of Bilhan, a Benjamite. 1Ch 7:10; 8:6.

2. Son of Gera, a Benjamite. He slew Eglon king of Moab, and, according to Josephus, which is confirmed in scripture, he became judge of Israel. Jg 3:15-26; 4:1.

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1. Ehud son of Bilhah, and great-grandson of Benjamin the patriarch.

1Ch 7:10; 8:6

2. Ehud son of Gera, of the tribe of Benjamin,

Jg 3:15

the second judge of the Israelites. (B.C. about 1370.) In the Bible he is not called a judge, but a deliverer (l.c.): so Othniel,

Jg 3:9

and all the Judges.

Ne 9:27

As a Benjamite he was specially chosen to destroy Eglon, who had established himself in Jericho, which was included in the boundaries of that tribe. He was very strong, and left-handed. [EGLON]

See Eglon

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