10:1 After Abimelech’s death,1 Tola son of Puah, grandson2 of Dodo, from the tribe of Issachar,3 rose up to deliver Israel. He lived in Shamir in the Ephraimite hill country.
10:2 He led4 Israel for twenty-three years, then died and was buried in Shamir.
10:3 Jair the Gileadite rose up after him; he led Israel for twenty-two years.
10:4 He had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys and possessed thirty cities. To this day these towns are called Havvoth Jair5 – they are in the land of Gilead.6
10:5 Jair died and was buried in Kamon.
The Lord’s Patience Runs Short
10:6 The Israelites again did evil in the Lord>’s sight.7 They worshiped8 the Baals and the Ashtars,9 as well as the gods of Syria, Sidon,10 Moab, the Ammonites, and the Philistines.11 They abandoned the Lord> and did not worship12 him.
10:7 The Lord> was furious with Israel13 and turned them over to14 the Philistines and Ammonites.
10:8 They ruthlessly oppressed15 the Israelites that eighteenth year16 – that is, all the Israelites living east of the Jordan in Amorite country in Gilead.
10:9 The Ammonites crossed the Jordan to fight with Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim.17 Israel suffered greatly.18
10:10 The Israelites cried out for help to the Lord>: “We have sinned against you. We abandoned our God and worshiped19 the Baals.”
10:11 The Lord> said to the Israelites, “Did I not deliver you from Egypt, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines,
10:12 the Sidonians, Amalek, and Midian20 when they oppressed you?21 You cried out for help to me, and I delivered you from their power.22
10:13 But since you abandoned me and worshiped23 other gods, I will not deliver you again.
10:14 Go and cry for help to the gods you have chosen! Let them deliver you from trouble!”24
10:15 But the Israelites said to the Lord>, “We have sinned. You do to us as you see fit,25 but deliver us today!”26
10:16 They threw away the foreign gods they owned27 and worshiped28 the Lord>. Finally the Lord> grew tired of seeing Israel suffer so much.29
An Outcast Becomes a General
10:17 The Ammonites assembled30 and camped in Gilead; the Israelites gathered together and camped in Mizpah.
10:18 The leaders31 of Gilead said to one another, “Who is willing to lead the charge32 against the Ammonites? He will become the leader of all who live in Gilead!”