1After Abimelech there #Judg. 2:16arose to save Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in the mountains of Ephraim. 2He judged Israel twenty-three years; and he died and was buried in Shamir.
3After him arose Jair, a Gileadite; and he judged Israel twenty-two years. 4Now he had thirty sons who #Judg. 5:10Jud 12:14rode on thirty donkeys; they also had thirty towns, #Deut. 3:14which are called “Havoth Jair” to this day, which are in the land of Gilead. 5And Jair died and was buried in Camon.
Israel Oppressed Again
6Then #Judg. 2:11Jud 3:7Jud 6:1Jud 13:1the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, and #Judg. 2:13served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, #Judg. 2:12the gods of Syria, the gods of #1 Kin. 11:33Ps. 106:36Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the people of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook the Lord and did not serve Him. 7So the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel; and He #Judg. 2:14Jud 4:21 Sam. 12:9sold them into the hands of the #Judg. 13:1Philistines and into the hands of the people of #Judg. 3:13Ammon. 8From that year they harassed and oppressed the children of Israel for eighteen years—all the children of Israel who were on the other side of the Jordan in the #Num. 32:33land of the Amorites, in Gilead. 9Moreover the people of Ammon crossed over the Jordan to fight against Judah also, against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim, so that Israel was severely distressed.
10#Judg. 6:61 Sam. 12:10And the children of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have #Deut. 1:41sinned against You, because we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals!”
11So the Lord said to the children of Israel, “Did I not deliver you #Ex. 14:30from the Egyptians and #Num. 21:212425from the Amorites and #Judg. 3:1213from the people of Ammon and #Judg. 3:31from the Philistines? 12Also #Judg. 1:31Jud 5:19the Sidonians #Judg. 6:3Jud 7:12and Amalekites and Maonites #Ps. 106:4243oppressed you; and you cried out to Me, and I delivered you from their hand. 13#(Deut. 32:15Judg. 2:12Jer. 2:13)Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more. 14“Go and #Deut. 32:3738cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress.”
15And the children of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned! #1 Sam. 3:182 Sam. 15:26Do to us whatever seems best to You; only deliver us this day, we pray.” 16#2 Chr. 7:14Jer. 18:78So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord. And #Ps. 106:4445Is. 63:9His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.
17Then the people of Ammon gathered together and encamped in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled together and encamped in #Gen. 31:49Judg. 11:1129Mizpah. 18And the people, the leaders of Gilead, said to one another, “Who is the man who will begin the fight against the people of Ammon? He shall #Judg. 11:811be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.”