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Judges 3:16

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3:16 Ehud made himself a sword – it had two edges and was eighteen inches long. 1  He strapped it under his coat on his right thigh.

Judges 3:21

Context
3:21 Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled the sword from his right thigh, and drove it into Eglon’s 2  belly.

1 tn The Hebrew term גֹּמֶד (gomed) denotes a unit of linear measure, perhaps a cubit (the distance between the elbow and the tip of the middle finger – approximately 18 inches [45 cm]). Some suggest it is equivalent to the short cubit (the distance between the elbow and the knuckles of the clenched fist – approximately 13 inches [33 cm]) or to the span (the distance between the end of the thumb and the end of the little finger in a spread hand – approximately 9 inches [23 cm]). See BDB 167 s.v.; HALOT 196 s.v.; B. Lindars, Judges 1-5, 142.

2 tn Heb “his”; the referent (Eglon) has been specified in the translation for clarity.



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