1After Abimelech, Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, rose up to save Israel, and he lived in Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim.
2He judged Israel 23 years, and he died and was buried in Shamir.
3After him arose Jair the Gileadite, and he judged Israel 22 years.
4He had 30 sons who rode on 30 donkey colts, and they had 30 cities that are called Havvoth-jair to this day, which are in the land of Gilead.
5And Jair died and was buried in Kamon.
6And the children of Israel again did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh and served the Baals and the Ashtaroths and the gods of Syria and the gods of Sidon and the gods of Moab and the gods of the children of Ammon and the gods of the Philistines, and they forsook Yahweh and did not serve him.
7So the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the children of Ammon.
8They smashed and crushed the children of Israel that year; and then for 18 years all the children of Israel that were beyond the Jordan in the land of the Amorites which is in Gilead were afflicted,
9and the children of Ammon also passed over the Jordan to fight against Judah and against Benjamin and against the house of Ephraim, and Israel was greatly distressed.
10So the children of Israel cried out to Yahweh, saying, “We have sinned against you! For we have forsaken our God and have served the Baals.”
11Yahweh said to the children of Israel, “Didn’t I save you from Egypt and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon and from the Philistines?
12And the Sidonians and the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you and you cried out to me, and I saved you out of their hand.
13Yet you have forsaken me and served other gods; therefore I will not continue to save you.
14Go and cry out to the gods that you have chosen. Let them save you in the time of your distress!”
15And the children of Israel said to Yahweh, “We have sinned! You yourself do to us whatever seems good in your eyes, only please deliver us this day.”
16And they put away the foreign gods from among them and served Yahweh, and his soul was exasperated over the misery of Israel.
17Then the children of Ammon were gathered together and encamped in Gilead, so the children of Israel assembled themselves together and encamped in Mizpah.
18The people, the officials of Gilead, said to one another, “Who is the man who will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? He will be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.”