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1After Abimʹelech there arose to deliver Israel Tola the son of Puʹah, son of Dodo, a man of Isʹsachar; and he lived at Shamir in the hill country of Eʹphraim. 2And he judged Israel twenty-three years. Then he died, and was buried at Shamir.

3After him arose Jaʹir the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years. 4And he had thirty sons who rode on thirty asses; and they had thirty cities, called Havʹvoth-jaʹir to this day, which are in the land of Gilead. 5And Jaʹir died, and was buried in Kamon.

6And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baʹals and the Ashʹtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook the Lord, and did not serve him. 7And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the Ammonites, 8and they crushed and oppressed the children of Israel that year. For eighteen years they oppressed all the people of Israel that were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead. 9And the Ammonites crossed the Jordan to fight also against Judah and against Benjamin and against the house of Eʹphraim; so that Israel was sorely distressed.

10And the people of Israel cried to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against thee, because we have forsaken our God and have served the Baʹals.” 11And the Lord said to the people of Israel, “Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites, from the Ammonites and from the Philistines? 12The Sidoʹnians also, and the Amalʹekites, and the Maʹonites, oppressed you; and you cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand. 13Yet you have forsaken me and served other gods; therefore I will deliver you no more. 14Go and cry to the gods whom you have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your distress.” 15And the people of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned; do to us whatever seems good to thee; only deliver us, we pray thee, this day.” 16So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord; and he became indignant over the misery of Israel.

17Then the Ammonites were called to arms, and they encamped in Gilead; and the people of Israel came together, and they encamped at Mizpah. 18And the people, the leaders of Gilead, said one to another, “Who is the man that will begin to fight against the Ammonites? He shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.”

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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