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 Verse 19
- Quarries. This is sometimes translated "images," referring to idols. The mention here also serves a narrative purpose in establishing a reference point of safety—that is, when Ehud comes back to these quarries in verse 26, he is considered safe. This may also serve a boundary point beyond which Ehud's actions are considered dubious in deceiving Eglon.
 Verse 26
- Passed beyond the quarries. The word `abar ("pass beyond") is also used in 2:20 in describing the Israelites transgressing God's covenants. Some scholars take this as condemnatory phraseology of Ehud's treacherous actions toward Eglon. See also the commentary for verse 19 regarding quarries.
 Verses 30-31
- And after him. At the end of verse 30 in the Septuagint is the additional phrase "And Ehud judged them until he died." This seems to clarify the antecedant him in verse 31 as referring to Ehud.
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