after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir
in mount Ephraim.
2And he judged Israel twenty
and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.
after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty and two years.
4And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called
Havothjair unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead.
Jair died, and was buried in Camon.
children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the
gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the
LORD, and served not him.
7And the anger of
the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of
8And that year they vexed and oppressed
the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites,
which is in Gilead.
9Moreover the children
of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel
was sore distressed.
10And the children of
Israel cried unto the LORD, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.
11And the LORD said unto the children of Israel,
Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?
12The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and
ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.
ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.
14Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
15And the children of Israel said unto the
LORD, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.
16And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the LORD: and
his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
the children of Ammon were gathered together, and encamped in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together,
and encamped in Mizpeh.
18And the people and
princes of Gilead said one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be
head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.