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A Biblical name, Eglon refers to either: For other uses, see Bible (disambiguation). ...

  • A Canaanite city, whose king Debir joined a confederacy against Gibeon when that city made peace with Israel. The five kings involved were slain and Eglon was later conquered and its inhabitants condemned to destruction. It was thereafter included in the territory of the Tribe of Judah. It is believed to be identical with Tell el-Hesi, about 11 km west of Lachish. The ancient name is preserved at the ruins of Khirbet Ajlan, a few km distant.
  • The king of Moab who suppressed Israel in the time of the Judges. He was the head of the confederacy of Moab, Ammon and Amalek in their assault. He was a very fat person. When Ehud came presenting the customary tribute, he tricked Eglon and stabbed him with his sword. Traditionally it is said that some form of feces or waste issued from Eglon's stomach wound in this incident. His servents, believing he was relieving himself, left him be. Rabbis in the Talmudic tradition claimed that Ruth was Eglon's daughter. According to this tradition, Eglon was rewarded for rising out of respect when Ehud mentioned the Israelite God by having King David as a descendant. This can also be seen as an attempt to provide a royal lineage to David. There is, however, no basis in the actual verses for such an assertion. The Talmud also describes Eglon as the grandson of Balak. (b. Sanhedrin 105a)

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Eglon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (256 words)
The five kings involved were slain and Eglon was later conquered and its inhabitants condemned to destruction.
Rabbis in the Talmudic tradition claimed that Ruth was Eglon's daughter.
According to this tradition, Eglon was rewarded for rising out of respect when Ehud mentioned the Israelite God by having King David as a descendant.
Ehud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (349 words)
Eglon sent all of his attendants away and Ehud drew his sword and stabbed the king, who was apparently so fat that even the handle of the blade sank in.
Eglon was eviscerated by the blow, which punctured his intestines: "and the dirt came out."
Eglon's assistants came back to check on the king but when they found the doors locked they assumed the king was relieving himself.
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