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Israel had done evil, yet when they turned to the Lord for mercy He was merciful and gave them a leader to lead them away from their sinful ways.

BibleGateway: Judges 3:7-11

ESV Text: Judges 3:7-11

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:52 and ends at about 1:49

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7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

     8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years. 9 And when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer to the children of Israel, who delivered them, even Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10 And the spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim. 11 And the land had rest forty years. And Othniel the son of Kenaz died.(KJV)

Hymn: WS 714 (LSB 378):
Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav’nly Light

1. Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light, 
And usher in the morning; 
You shepherds, shrink not with afright, 
But hear the angel’s warning. 
This child, now weak in infancy, 
Our confidence and joy shall be, 
The power of Satan breaking, 
Our peace eternal making.