Judges 3:21
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English Standard Version
And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly.

King James Bible
And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

American Standard Version
And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his body:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Aod put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly,

English Revised Version
And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

But when the Israelites cried to the Lord for help, He set them free through the Benjaminite Ehud, whom He raised up as their deliverer. Ehud was "the son of Gera." This probably means that he was a descendant of Gera, since Gera himself, according to 1 Chronicles 8:3, was a son of Bela the son of Benjamin, and therefore was a grandson of Benjamin; and Shimei the contemporary of David, a man belonging to the tribe of Benjamin, is also called a son of Gera in 2 Samuel 16:5; 2 Samuel 19:17. At the same time, it is possible that the name Gera does not refer to the same person in these different passages, but that the name was repeated again and again in the same family. "A man shut with regard to his right hand," i.e., hindered in the use of his right hand, not necessarily crippled, but in all probability disabled through want of use from his youth upwards. That the expression does not mean crippled, is confirmed by the fact that it is used again in connection with the 700 brave slingers in the army of the Benjaminites in Judges 20:16, and it certainly cannot be supposed that they were all actual cripples. So much is certain, however, that it does not mean ἀμφοτεροδέξιος, qui utraque manu pro dextera utebatur (lxx, Vulg.), since אטר signifies clausit (shut) in Psalm 69:16. It is merely with reference to what follows that this peculiarity is so distinctly mentioned. - The Israelites sent a present by him to king Eglon. בידו does not mean in, but through, his hand, i.e., through his intervention, for others were actually employed to carry the present (Judges 3:18), so that Ehud merely superintended the matter. Minchah, a gift or present, is no doubt a euphemism for tribute, as in 2 Samuel 8:2, 2 Samuel 8:6; 1 Kings 5:1.

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Numbers 25:7,8 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation...

1 Samuel 15:33 And Samuel said, As the sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women...

Job 20:25 It is drawn, and comes out of the body; yes, the glittering sword comes out of his gall: terrors are on him.

Zechariah 13:3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say to him...

2 Corinthians 5:16 Why from now on know we no man after the flesh: yes, though we have known Christ after the flesh...

Cross References
Judges 3:20
And Ehud came to him as he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber. And Ehud said, "I have a message from God for you." And he arose from his seat.

Judges 3:22
And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not pull the sword out of his belly; and the dung came out.

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