There was a young man of the tribe of Benjamin, whose name was Ehud,
the son of Gera, a man of very great courage in bold undertakings, and
of a very strong body, fit for hard labor, but best skilled in using his
left hand, in which was his whole strength; and he also dwelt at Jericho.
Now this man became familiar with Eglon, and that by means of presents,
with which he obtained his favor, and insinuated himself into his good
opinion; whereby he was also beloved of those that were about the king.
Now, when on a time he was bringing presents to the king, and had two servants
with him, he put a dagger on his right thigh secretly, and went in to him:
it was then summer thee, and the middle of the day, when the guards were
not strictly on their watch, both because of the heat, and because they
were gone to dinner. So the young man, when he had offered his presents
to the king, who then resided in a small parlor that stood conveniently
to avoid the heat, fell into discourse with him, for they were now alone,
the king having bid his servants that attended him to go their ways, because
he had a mind to talk with Ehud. He was now sitting on his throne; and
fear seized upon Ehud lest he should miss his stroke, and not give
him a deadly wound; so he raised himself up, and said he had a dream to
impart to him by the command of God; upon which the king leaped out of
his throne for joy of the dream; so Ehud smote him to the heart, and leaving
his dagger in his body, he went out and shut the door after him. Now the
king's servants were very still, as supposing that the king had composed
himself to sleep.