1After Abimelech there arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah,
the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he lived in Shamir in the
hill country of Ephraim.
2He judged Israel twenty-three years, and died,
and was buried in Shamir.
3After him arose Jair, the Gileadite; and he
judged Israel twenty-two years.
4He had thirty sons who rode on thirty
donkey colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havvoth Jair to
this day, which are in the land of Gilead.
5Jair died, and was buried in
6The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight
of Yahweh, and served the Baals, and the Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria,
and the gods of Sidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of
Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook Yahweh, and didn’t
7The anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel, and he sold
them into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the children of
8They vexed and oppressed the children of Israel that year:
eighteen years oppressed they all the children of Israel that were
beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.
children of Ammon passed over the Jordan to fight also against Judah, and
against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore
10The children of Israel cried to Yahweh, saying, We have
sinned against you, even because we have forsaken our God, and have served
11Yahweh said to the children of Israel, Didn’t I save you
from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and
from the Philistines?
12The Sidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the
Maonites, did oppress you; and you cried to me, and I saved you out of
13Yet you have forsaken me, and served other gods:
therefore I will save you no more.
14Go and cry to the gods which
you have chosen; let them save you in the time of your distress.
15The children of Israel said to Yahweh, We have sinned: do you to us
whatever seems good to you; only deliver us, we pray you, this day.
16They put away the foreign gods from among them, and served Yahweh; and
his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
17Then the children of
Ammon were gathered together, and encamped in Gilead. The children of Israel
assembled themselves together, and encamped in Mizpah.
18The people, the
princes of Gilead, said one to another, What man is he who will begin to
fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the
inhabitants of Gilead.