Contributed by John Lowe on Jul 28, 2018
They made the Israelites serve them, that is, they exacted tribute from them, either the fruits of the earth in kind, or money in lieu of them. They neglected the service of God, and did not pay him his tribute; therefore, God recovered from them . . . .
The Judge Ehud [Judges 3.12-3.30]
12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had
and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees done evil