Judges 3:20 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 3:20, NIV: Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, 'I have a message from God for you.' As the king rose from his seat,

Judges 3:20, ESV: 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 3:20, KJV: And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

Judges 3:20, NASB: Then Ehud came to him while he was sitting in his cool roof chamber alone. And Ehud said, 'I have a message from God for you.' And he got up from his seat.

Judges 3:20, NLT: Ehud walked over to Eglon, who was sitting alone in a cool upstairs room. And Ehud said, 'I have a message from God for you!' As King Eglon rose from his seat,

Judges 3:20, CSB: Then Ehud approached him while he was sitting alone in his upstairs room where it was cool. Ehud said, "I have a message from God for you," and the king stood up from his throne.

What does Judges 3:20 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Israel's judge and deliverer, raised up by God to save the people from their captivity to the Moabites, is on a mission to kill the king of Moab (Judges 3:12–15). Ehud gained a second audience with the king and has succeeded in getting Eglon to clear everyone out of the room so that Ehud can deliver a secret message. What Eglon does not know is that Ehud has concealed a stabbing weapon under his robes (Judges 3:16).

The two men are meeting in Eglon's "cool roof chamber." Some commentators explain that this is a room situated on the roof, so people can escape the heat of the inner rooms in this desert location. Other scholars suggest the text should be translated as "throne room." In any case, Eglon and Ehud are alone in this room with the doors shut.

Ehud tells Eglon he has a secret message from God for the king. This was why the king cleared the room (Judges 3:18–19). He expects to hear an oracle or prophecy from Israel's God. Eglon rises from his seat or throne to hear this important revelation.