10:16 They threw away the foreign gods they owned 1 and worshiped 2 the Lord. Finally the Lord grew tired of seeing Israel suffer so much. 3
10:17 The Ammonites assembled 4 and camped in Gilead; the Israelites gathered together and camped in Mizpah. 10:18 The leaders 5 of Gilead said to one another, “Who is willing to lead the charge 6 against the Ammonites? He will become the leader of all who live in Gilead!”
1 tn Heb “from their midst.”
2 tn Or “served”; or “followed.”
3 tn Heb “And his spirit grew short [i.e., impatient] with the suffering of Israel.” The Hebrew noun נֶפֶשׁ (nefesh) also appears as the subject of the verb קָצַר (qatsar) in Num 21:4 (the Israelites grow impatient wandering in the wilderness), Judg 16:16 (Samson grows impatient with Delilah’s constant nagging), and Zech 11:8 (Zechariah grows impatient with the three negligent “shepherds”).
4 tn Or “were summoned;” or “were mustered.”
5 tn Heb “the people, the officers.”
6 tn Heb “Who is the man who will begin fighting.”