God has given the nation of Israel 40 years of peace by the hand of Othniel. As is the tendency for humanity, when good times come, we forget the Lord who gave us these blessings and prosperity. So it is with Israel. Judges 3:12 tells us that the people return to doing what is evil in the sight of the Lord. Therefore, the Lord does not strengthen Israel, but strengthens Eglon, the king of Moab against Israel.
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