Judges 3:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 3:27, NIV: When he arrived there, he blew a trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went down with him from the hills, with him leading them.

Judges 3:27, ESV: When he arrived, he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim. Then the people of Israel went down with him from the hill country, and he was their leader.

Judges 3:27, KJV: And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

Judges 3:27, NASB: And when he arrived, he blew the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim; and the sons of Israel went down with him from the hill country, and he was leading them.

Judges 3:27, NLT: When he arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Ehud sounded a call to arms. Then he led a band of Israelites down from the hills.

Judges 3:27, CSB: After he arrived, he sounded the ram's horn throughout the hill country of Ephraim. The Israelites came down with him from the hill country, and he became their leader.

What does Judges 3:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Up until this point, Ehud's career as a deliverer and judge of Israel (Judges 2:16) involved working alone. After the Lord raised him up to save Israel from the Moabites, Ehud helped to deliver a tribute to the Moabite king before doubling back and killing the enemy ruler on his own (Judges 3:19–23).

As crucial as it would be to kill the enemy's king, that act alone will not necessarily set Israel free. The people need to press their advantage while they still can. So, Ehud rallies the people of Israel to follow him into battle against the Moabites. He sounds a ram's horn trumpet as a signal to the fighting men of the region to join him. Perhaps they had already heard of his daring slaughter of the enemy king. Together, they follow Ehud out of the hill country and towards the Jordan River to attack the Moab army and keep them from regrouping in their home territory to launch reprisal attacks.