June 16, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

Judges 10 Tola and Jair

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1After Abimelech, Tola son of Puah and grandson of Dodo, a man of Issachar, arose to rescue Israel. He lived in Shamir in the Ephraim highlands. 2For twenty-three years he led Israel; then he died and was buried in Shamir. 3After Tola, Jair from Gilead arose, and he led Israel for twenty-two years. 4He had thirty sons who were mounted on thirty donkeys and controlled thirty towns in the land of Gilead—these are still known as Havvoth-jair today. 5When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon. Israel’s unfaithfulness and oppression by the Ammonites 6Then the Israelites again did things that the LORD saw as evil. They served the Baals and the Astartes, as well as the gods of Aram, Sidon, Moab, the Ammonites, and the Philistines. They went away from the LORD and didn’t serve him. 7The LORD became angry with Israel and handed them over to the Philistines and the Ammonites. 8Starting that year and for the next eighteen years, they beat and bullied the Israelites, especially all the Israelites who lived on the east side of Jordan in the territory of the Ammonites in Gilead. 9The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to make raids into Judah, Benjamin, and the households of Ephraim. So Israel was greatly distressed. 10Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, “We’ve sinned against you, for we went away from our God and served the Baals.” 11The LORD replied to the Israelites, “When the Egyptians, Amorites, Ammonites, Philistines, 12Sidonians, Amalekites, and Maonites oppressed you and you cried out to me, didn’t I rescue you from their power? 13But you have gone away from me and served other gods, so I won’t rescue you anymore! 14Go cry out to the gods you’ve chosen. Let them rescue you in the time of your distress.” 15The Israelites responded to the LORD, “We’ve sinned. Do to us whatever you see as right, but please save us this time.” 16They put away the foreign gods from among them and served the LORD. And the LORD could no longer stand to see Israel suffer. 17The Ammonites called out their army and made camp in Gilead, while the Israelites gathered and set up their camp at Mizpah. 18Gilead’s rulers said to each other, “Whoever is willing to launch the attack against the Ammonites will become the leader over all those living in Gilead.” https://temtube.com/