1 And there arose after Abimelech to deliver Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in the mountain of Ephraim.
2 And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and then died, and was buried in Shamir.
3 And after him arose Yair, the Giladite, and judged Israel twenty and two years;
4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty asscolts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Chavvothyair unto this day, which are in the land of Gilad.
5 And Yair died, and was buried in Kamon.
6 And the children of Israel repeated to do the evil in the eyes of the Lord, and they served the Bealim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and they forsook the Lord, and served not him.
7 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the children of Ammon.
8 And they afflicted and oppressed the children of Israel that year; and for eighteen years all the children of Israel that were on the other side of the Jordan in the land of the Emorites, which is in Gilad.
9 And the children of Ammon passed over the Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sorely distressed.
10 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, saying, We have sinned against thee, because we have forsaken our God, and have served the Bealim.
11 And the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Behold I delivered you from the Egyptians, and from the Emorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines.
12 And when the Zidonians, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites did oppress you, and ye cried to me, I delivered you also out of their hand.
13 And yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods; wherefore I will deliver you no more.
14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let these deliver you in the time of your tribulation.
15 And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us entirely as it seemeth good in thy eyes; only deliver us, we pray thee, this time.
16 And they put away the strange gods from their midst, and served the Lord; and his soul was grieved for the trouble of Israel.
17 And the children of Ammon were called together, and they encamped in Gilad. And the children of Israel also assembled themselves together, and encamped in Mizpah.
18 And the people, the princes of Gilad, said one to another, Whatever man it be that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon, shall become the head over all the inhabitants of Gilad.