Judges 3:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 3:25, NIV: They waited to the point of embarrassment, but when he did not open the doors of the room, they took a key and unlocked them. There they saw their lord fallen to the floor, dead.

Judges 3:25, ESV: And they waited till they were embarrassed. But when he still did not open the doors of the roof chamber, they took the key and opened them, and there lay their lord dead on the floor.

Judges 3:25, KJV: And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

Judges 3:25, NASB: So they waited until it would have been shameful to wait longer; but behold, he did not open the doors of the roof chamber. So they took the key and opened them, and behold, their master had fallen to the floor dead.

Judges 3:25, NLT: so they waited. But when the king didn't come out after a long delay, they became concerned and got a key. And when they opened the doors, they found their master dead on the floor.

Judges 3:25, CSB: The servants waited until they became embarrassed and saw that he had still not opened the doors of the upstairs room. So they took the key and opened the doors--and there was their lord lying dead on the floor!

What does Judges 3:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Ehud has left the servants of the king of Moab with an awkward predicament. The judge of Israel (Judges 2:16) closed and locked the doors to the king's room after killing the enemy king with a single, gory blow (Judges 3:20–23). After Ehud left, the servants came back to the king's roof chamber or throne room to find the doors locked. They assumed the king was going to the bathroom in his inner closet; so, they decided to respect his privacy. They likely assumed he would call them when he was ready for them. Given the gory aftermath of Eglon's death, they might have detected an odor that would have added to their mistake.

Then the waiting started. They waited and waited to hear from the king, but he never called for them. The writer of Judges says that they waited until they were embarrassed. One can only imagine the servants being torn between awkward concern, and the fear of angering the king by interrupting his private moment. Finally, they decided they had waited long enough and used a key to open the door. There, they find the king's corpse lying on the ground.