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Judges 3:16

    Judges 3:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment on his right thigh.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So Ehud made himself a two-edged sword, a cubit long, which he put on at his right side under his robe.

    Webster's Revision

    And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

    World English Bible

    Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length; and he wore it under his clothing on his right thigh.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Ehud made him a sword which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he girded it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

    Definitions for Judges 3:16

    Cubit - A linear measurement.
    Gird - To fasten, secure; to equip; prepare.
    Raiment - Clothing; apparel; covering.

    Clarke's Commentary on Judges 3:16

    A dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length - The word גמד gomed, which we translate cubit, is of very doubtful signification. As the root seems to signify contracted, it probably means an instrument made for the purpose shorter than usual, and something like the Italian stiletto. The Septuagint translate it by σπιθαμη, a span, and most of the versions understand it in the same sense.

    Upon his right thigh - Because he was left-handed. Ordinarily the sword is on the left side, that it may be readily drawn out by the right hand; but as Ehud was left-handed, to be convenient his sword must be on the right side.

    Barnes' Notes on Judges 3:16

    Upon his right thigh - The proper side for a left-handed man. It would give him the appearance of being unarmed. The narrative shows clearly that his action was premeditated Judges 3:21.

    Wesley's Notes on Judges 3:16

    3:16 A cubit length - Long enough for his design, and not too long for concealment. His right thigh - Which was most convenient both for the use of his left hand, and for avoiding suspicion.