Judges 10

1After Abimelech died, God sent another judge to save the people of Israel. That man’s name was Tola. Tola was the son of a man named Puah. Puah was the son of a man named Dodo. Tola was from the family group of Issachar. Tola lived in the city of Shamir. The city of Shamir was in the hill country of Ephraim. 2Tola was a judge for the people of Israel for 23 years. Then Tola died and was buried in the city of Shamir. 3After Tola died, another judge was sent by God. That man’s name was Jair. Jair lived in the area of Gilead. Jair was a judge for the people of Israel for 22 years. 4Jair had 30 sons. Those 30 sons rode 30 donkeys. Those 30 sons controlled 30 towns in the area of Gilead. Those towns are called the Towns of Jair to this very day. 5Jair died and was buried in the city of Kamon. 6Again the people of Israel did things the Lord said are evil. They began worshiping the false gods Baal and the Ashtoreth. They also worshiped the gods of the people of Aram, the gods of the people of Sidon, the gods of the people of Moab, the gods of the people of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistine people. The people of Israel left the Lord and stopped serving him. 7So the Lord became angry with the people of Israel. The Lord allowed the Philistine people and the Ammonite people to defeat them. 8In that same year those people destroyed the people of Israel that lived on the east side of the Jordan River, in the area of Gilead. That is the land where the Amorite people had lived. Those people of Israel suffered for 18 years. 9The Ammonite people then went across the Jordan River. They went to fight against the people of Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim. The Ammonite people brought many troubles to the people of Israel. 10So the people of Israel cried to the Lord for help. They said, “God, we have sinned against you. We left our God and worshiped the false god Baal.” 11The Lord answered the people of Israel, “You cried to me when the people of Egypt, the Amorite people, the Ammonite people, and the Philistine people hurt you. I saved you from these people. 12You cried to me when the people of Sidon, the Amalekite people, and the Midianite people hurt you. I also saved you from those people. 13But you left me and started worshiping other gods. So I refuse to save you again. 14You like worshiping those gods, so go call to them for help. Let those gods save you when you are in trouble.” 15But the people of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do whatever you want to do to us. But please save us today.” 16Then the people of Israel threw away the foreign gods. They started worshiping the Lord again. So the Lord felt sorry for them when he saw them suffering. 17The Ammonite people gathered together for war. Their camp was in the area of Gilead. The people of Israel gathered together. Their camp was at the city of Mizpah. 18The leaders of the people living in the area of Gilead said, “Whoever leads us in the attack against the people of Ammon will become the head of all the people living in Gilead.”

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