Judges 3:30 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 3:30, NIV: That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.

Judges 3:30, ESV: So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest for eighty years.

Judges 3:30, KJV: So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.

Judges 3:30, NASB: So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land was at rest for eighty years.

Judges 3:30, NLT: So Moab was conquered by Israel that day, and there was peace in the land for eighty years.

Judges 3:30, CSB: Moab became subject to Israel that day, and the land had peace for eighty years.

What does Judges 3:30 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse brings the repeated pattern of the book of Judges (Judges 2:16–19) back to its starting place. In this cycle, Israel begins in a right relationship with God, and in state of freedom and peace. The judge whom God used to save Israel dies. Lacking that influence, the people turn from God into sin and idolatry. So, the Lord allows another foreign nation to oppress them. The Israelites eventually cry out to the Lord for help. He sends a new judge to save them. Peace is restored until that judge dies. Then the pattern is repeated once more.

Through Ehud's leadership (Judges 3:14–15), God freed Israel from the rule of the Moabites (Judges 3:26–29) and returned peace and security to Israel. This time, the Israelites remained unconquered and at peace in the land for eighty years, suggesting that Ehud enjoyed a long life. Eighty years may have indicated the passing of two generations. Often, it is children or grandchildren of those who have been powerfully rescued by God who stop being faithful to the Lord and bring on a new round of judgment by their sinfulness.