Judges 3:16
New International Version
Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing.

New Living Translation
So Ehud made a double-edged dagger that was about a foot long, and he strapped it to his right thigh, keeping it hidden under his clothing.

English Standard Version
And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes.

Berean Study Bible
Now Ehud had made for himself a double-edged sword a cubit long. He strapped it to his right thigh under his cloak

King James Bible
But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

New King James Version
Now Ehud made himself a dagger (it was double-edged and a cubit in length) and fastened it under his clothes on his right thigh.

New American Standard Bible
Now Ehud made himself a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length, and he strapped it on his right thigh under his cloak.

NASB 1995
Ehud made himself a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his cloak.

NASB 1977
And Ehud made himself a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he bound it on his right thigh under his cloak.

Amplified Bible
Now Ehud made for himself a sword a cubit long, which had two edges, and he bound it on his right thigh under his robe.

Christian Standard Bible
Ehud made himself a double-edged sword eighteen inches long. He strapped it to his right thigh under his clothes

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Ehud made himself a double-edged sword 18 inches long. He strapped it to his right thigh under his clothes

American Standard Version
And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Ahor made for himself a blade of two edges; he made its length short and bound it within his clothing on his right thigh

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Aod made himself a dagger of two edges, of a span long, and he girded it under his cloak upon his right thigh.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he made himself a two-edged sword, with a haft in the midst of the length of the palm of the hand, and was girded therewith under his garment on the right thigh.

English Revised Version
And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

Good News Translation
Ehud had made himself a double-edged sword about a foot and a half long. He had it fastened on his right side under his clothes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Ehud made a two-edged dagger for himself. He fastened it to his right side under his clothes.

International Standard Version
Ehud forged a double-edged sword that was one cubit long, tied it to his right thigh under his cloak,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

Literal Standard Version
and Ehud makes a sword for himself, and it has two mouths (its length [is] a cubit), and he girds it under his long robe on his right thigh;

NET Bible
Ehud made himself a sword--it had two edges and was eighteen inches long. He strapped it under his coat on his right thigh.

New Heart English Bible
Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, eighteen inches in length; and he girded it under his clothing on his right thigh.

World English Bible
Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he wore it under his clothing on his right thigh.

Young's Literal Translation
and Ehud maketh for himself a sword, and it hath two mouths (a cubit is its length), and he girdeth it under his long robe on his right thigh;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Ehud
15And again they cried out to the LORD, and He raised up Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed Benjamite, as their deliverer. So they sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab. 16Now Ehud had made for himself a double-edged sword a cubit long. He strapped it to his right thigh under his cloak 17and brought the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was an obese man.…

Cross References
Judges 3:15
And again they cried out to the LORD, and He raised up Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed Benjamite, as their deliverer. So they sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.

Judges 3:17
and brought the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was an obese man.

2 Samuel 20:8
And while they were at the great stone in Gibeon, Amasa joined them. Now Joab was dressed in military attire, with a dagger strapped to his belt. And as he stepped forward, he slipped the dagger from its sheath.


Treasury of Scripture

But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment on his right thigh.

two edges

Psalm 149:6
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Revelation 1:16
And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

upon

Judges 3:21
And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

Psalm 45:3
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

Song of Solomon 3:8
They all hold swords, being expert in war: every man hath his sword upon his thigh because of fear in the night.









(16) Made him a dagger which had two edges.--Probably, as in other servitudes, the children of Israel had been disarmed. The "two edges" (comp. Revelation 1:16) show that it was not a mere knife (comp. Psalm 144:6; Hebrews 4:12). Jerome, in the Vulgate, after rightly rendering the word ancipitem, adds, "having a handle in the midst," which seems useless and meaningless, and has no equivalent in the Hebrew.

A cubit length.--The LXX. and Vulgate render it a span long (spitham?s, palm?; Luther, eine elle lang). The Hebrew word is not amm?h, the usual word for a cubit, but gomed. A dagger of a span long hardly, however, suits the following narrative, and perhaps gomed is an archaic word for amm?h. It meant originally "a staff."

Under his raiment.--The LXX. and Vulgate have "under his war-cloak" (LXX. manduan, Vulg. sagum). The LXX., however, are only adopting a method very common with them--of choosing a Greek or, as in this case, a Persian (Hesych.) word which resembles the Hebrew word (maddim) in sound. The root of the Hebrew word shows that a long flowing robe (vestis talaris) is intended. Dean Stanley suggests that he wore it as leader of the tribe. Prudentius describes Discord as "hiding a dagger under her robe."

Upon his right thigh.--This would avert all suspicion. Doubtless the war-cloak was flung in folds over the left shoulder, and Eglon, unaware that the bearer of the tribute was left-handed, would see that the side at which arms were usually worn was covered with a flowing robe, and would not suspect the dagger hidden at the right side. Daggers were often, however, worn at the right side, when a sword was slung to the left. Amasa fell by a similar act of treachery. Joab, advancing to kiss him, clasped his beard with his right hand, while with his unsuspected left he gave the deadly thrust (2Samuel 20:9-10). . . .

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now Ehud
אֵה֜וּד (’ê·hūḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 164: Ehud -- the name of several Israelites

had made
וַיַּעַשׂ֩ (way·ya·‘aś)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6213: To do, make

for himself
ל֨וֹ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

a double-edged
שְׁנֵ֥י (šə·nê)
Number - mdc
Strong's 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

sword
חֶ֗רֶב (ḥe·reḇ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2719: Drought, a cutting instrument, as a, knife, sword

a cubit
גֹּ֣מֶד (gō·meḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1574: A short cubit (from elbow to knuckles of clenched fist)

long.
אָרְכָּ֑הּ (’ā·rə·kāh)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 753: Length

He strapped
וַיַּחְגֹּ֤ר (way·yaḥ·gōr)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2296: To gird, gird on, gird oneself

it to
עַ֖ל (‘al)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

his right
יְמִינֽוֹ׃ (yə·mî·nōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3225: The right hand, side, the south

thigh
יֶ֥רֶךְ (ye·reḵ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 3409: Thigh,loin, flank, side

under
מִתַּ֣חַת (mit·ta·ḥaṯ)
Preposition-m
Strong's 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

his cloak
לְמַדָּ֔יו (lə·mad·dāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 4055: Extent, height, a measure, a vesture, a carpet


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