10:1 And after Abimelech there arose to defend
Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of
Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.
10:2 And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died,
and was buried in Shamir.
10:3 And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and
judged Israel twenty and two years.
10:4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts,
and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair unto
this day, which are in the land of Gilead.
10:5 And Jair died, and was buried in Camon.
10:6 And the children of Israel did evil again in
the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and
the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of
Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of
the Philistines, and forsook the LORD, and served not him.
10:7 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and
he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the
hands of the children of Ammon.
10:8 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of
Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were
on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which
is in Gilead.
10:9 Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to
fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against
the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed.
10:10 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD,
saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have
forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.
10:11 And the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Did
not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites,
from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
10:12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the
Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I
delivered you out of their hand.
10:13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods:
wherefore I will deliver you no more.
10:14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let
them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
10:15 And the children of Israel said unto the LORD, We
have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto
thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.
10:16 And they put away the strange gods from among them,
and served the LORD: and his soul was grieved for the misery
10:17 Then the children of Ammon were gathered together,
and encamped in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled
themselves together, and encamped in Mizpeh.
10:18 And the people and princes of Gilead said one to
another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the
children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants