Judges 3:21 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 3:21, NIV: Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king's belly.

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

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

Judges 3:21, NASB: Then Ehud reached out with his left hand and took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly.

Judges 3:21, NLT: Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king's belly.

Judges 3:21, CSB: Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and plunged it into Eglon's belly.

What does Judges 3:21 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This is the moment Ehud, Israel's deliverer by the hand of God, has been waiting for (Judges 3:15–16). He has gained an audience with the king of Moab, Israel's oppressor, by telling King Eglon that he has a secret message from God. In response, Eglon has cleared the room of all attendants and guards. He has stood up to receive the message (Judges 3:18–20). This act virtually seals his fate, giving Ehud an open path for attack.

Ehud is proficient with his left hand: either entirely left-handed or ambidextrous. He has concealed a specially made weapon under his robes, on his right thigh. He now reaches underneath his clothes with his left hand, grabs the sword, and thrusts it directly into Eglon's midsection, catching the morbidly obese king (Judges 3:17) completely off guard. The blow is devastatingly effective, as the next verse describes in graphic detail (Judges 3:22).