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Judges 3:7-9

Othniel: A Model Leader

3:7 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. 1  They forgot the Lord their God and worshiped the Baals and the Asherahs. 2  3:8 The Lord was furious with Israel 3  and turned them over to 4  King Cushan-Rishathaim 5  of Aram-Naharaim. They were Cushan-Rishathaim’s subjects 6  for eight years. 3:9 When the Israelites cried out for help to the Lord, he 7  raised up a deliverer for the Israelites who rescued 8  them. His name was Othniel son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 9 

1 tn Heb “in the eyes of the Lord.”

2 sn The Asherahs were local manifestations of the Canaanite goddess Asherah.

3 tn Or “The Lord’s anger burned (or raged) against Israel.”

4 tn Heb “sold them into the hands of.”

5 tn Or “Cushan the Doubly Wicked.”

6 tn Or “they served Cushan-Rishathaim.”

7 tn Heb “the Lord.”

8 tn Or “delivered.”

9 tn “Caleb’s younger brother” may refer to Othniel or to Kenaz (in which case Othniel is Caleb’s nephew).

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