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Judges 10:16-18

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 

An Outcast Becomes a General

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.”

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