Judges 3:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 3:28, NIV: Follow me,' he ordered, 'for the LORD has given Moab, your enemy, into your hands.' So they followed him down and took possession of the fords of the Jordan that led to Moab; they allowed no one to cross over.

Judges 3:28, ESV: And he said to them, “Follow after me, for the LORD has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.” So they went down after him and seized the fords of the Jordan against the Moabites and did not allow anyone to pass over.

Judges 3:28, KJV: And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.

Judges 3:28, NASB: Then he said to them, 'Pursue them, for the LORD has handed your enemies the Moabites over to you.' So they went down after him and took control of the crossing places of the Jordan opposite Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross.

Judges 3:28, NLT: 'Follow me,' he said, 'for the LORD has given you victory over Moab your enemy.' So they followed him. And the Israelites took control of the shallow crossings of the Jordan River across from Moab, preventing anyone from crossing.

Judges 3:28, CSB: He told them, "Follow me, because the Lord has handed over your enemies, the Moabites, to you." So they followed him, captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Moab, and did not allow anyone to cross over.

What does Judges 3:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Ehud has gathered an army from the men of the tribe of Ephraim. After killing the king of Moab in the royal palace (Judges 3:19–23), Ehud is leading Israelite fighters into battle to defeat the Moabites and free the nation from their oppressive rule (Judges 3:12–14).

Before the battle, Ehud gives a speech that makes it clear that the ultimate victory will be won by the Lord. He declares confidence in their success because God Himself will provide victory.

The military strategy at work here is simple: Ehud and his men take control of the crossing points of the Jordan River near the Dead Sea. These are the locations where soldiers and other land traffic would have been able to cross back and forth over the Jordan. Once the Israelites had possession of these "fords," they could keep any Moabite soldiers in Israel from escaping. They can also prevent reinforcements from crossing over the Jordan into Israel. Both will be crucial in preventing Moab from launching any revenge attacks.