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Judges 8
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Gideon Assuages the Anger of Ephraim

8Later on, the Ephraimites spoke to Gideon. They argued vehemently, "What are you doing to us?You never called us! But you went out to fight Midian!"H376H669H559H4100H6213H1697H7121H1980H3898H4080H7378H2394 2"What have I accomplished compared to you?" he responded. "Isn't what's left from Ephraim's harvest better than the best vintage of Abiezer?H559H6213H5955H669H2896H1210H44 3God gave Oreb and Zeeb, the leaders of Midian, into your control. What was I able to do compared to you?" When he said this, their anger calmed down.H430H5414H3027H8269H4080H6159H2062H3201H6213H7307H7503H1697H1696 4Meanwhile, Gideon and the 300 soldiers with him came to the Jordan, exhausted but continuing their pursuit.H1439H935H3383H5674H7969H3967H376H5889H7291 5He said to the men of Succoth, "Please give loaves of bread to the soldiers who are following behind me. They're tired, and I'm pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian."H559H582H5523H5414H3603H3899H5971H7272H5889H7291H310H2078H6759H4428H4080 6But the officials of Succoth replied, "Do you have Zebah and Zalmunna in custody already, so that we should give food to your army?"H8269H5523H559H3709H2078H6759H3027H5414H3899H6635 7So Gideon responded, "Okay then, but when the Lord has turned over Zebah and Zalmunna into my control, I'm going to whip you with thorns and briers from the desert!"H1439H559H3068H5414H2078H6759H3027H1758H1320H6975H4057H1303 8Then he left there to go to Penuel and asked the same thing from them, but the men of Penuel responded the same way the men of Succoth did.H5927H6439H1696H2063H582H6439H6030H582H5523H6030 9So he responded the same way to the men of Penuel, "When I come back safely, I'm going to tear down this tower."H559H582H6439H559H7725H7965H5422H4026 10Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, along with their armies, about 15,000 men who survived from the entire army of the group from the east, since 120,000 swordsmen had already fallen.H2078H6759H7174H4264H2568H6240H505H3498H4264H1121H6924H5307H3967H6242H505H376H8025H2719 11Gideon went up by a caravan route east of Nobah and Jogbehah and attacked their encampment when they were off guard.H1439H5927H1870H7931H168H6924H5025H3011H5221H4264H4264H983 12When Zebah and Zalmunna escaped, he pursued them, captured those two kings of Midian, and threw the entire army into a panic.H2078H6759H5127H7291H310H3920H8147H4428H4080H2078H6759H2729H4264 13Then Joash's son Gideon returned from the battle along the Heres Ascent.H1439H1121H3101H7725H4421H4608H2775 14He caught a young man from Succoth and interrogated him. He wrote out for Gideon a list of the 77 officials of Succoth, including its elders.H3920H5288H582H5523H7592H3789H8269H5523H2205H7657H7651H376 15Then Gideon approached the men of Succoth and announced, "Here are Zebah and Zalmunna. You criticized me about them when you said, 'Do you have Zebah and Zalmunna in custody already, so that we should give food to your weary army?'"H935H582H5523H559H2078H6759H2778H559H3709H2078H6759H3027H5414H3899H582H3287 16So he took the elders of the city and disciplined the men of Succoth with thorns and briers from the desert.H3947H2205H5892H6975H4057H1303H3045H582H5523 17He also demolished the tower in Penuel and killed the men of the city.15H5422H4026H6439H2026H582H5892 18Afterwards, he asked Zebah and Zalmunna, "What were the men like whom you killed at Tabor?" They answered, "Like you, each one like the son of a king…"H559H2078H6759H375H582H2026H8396H559H3644H259H8389H1121H4428 19Gideon replied, "They were my brothers - sons from my own mother. As the Lord lives, if you had let them live, I wouldn't be killing you."H559H251H1121H517H3068H2416H3863H2421H2026 20Then he told his firstborn son Jether, "Get up and kill them!" But he was afraid, since he was still only a youngster.H559H3500H1060H6965H2026H5288H8025H2719H3372H5288 21Then Zebah and Zalmunna responded, "Get up and attack us yourself, since a man's valor is only as good as the man himself." So Gideon got up, killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the crescent-shaped necklaces that adorned the necks of their camels.H2078H6759H559H6965H6293H376H1369H1439H6965H2026H2078H6759H3947H7720H1581H6677 22Then the men of Israel asked Gideon, "Rule over us - you, your son, and your grandsons - because you have delivered us from Midian's domination."H376H3478H559H1439H4910H1121H1121H1121H3467H3027H4080 23But Gideon told them, "I won't rule over you and my son won't rule over you. The Lord will rule you."H1439H559H4910H1121H4910H3068H4910

Gideon Falls into Idolatry

24But Gideon also added, "I would like to ask that each of you give me a ring from his war booty" because, as Ishmaelites, the Midianites had been wearing gold rings.H1439H559H7592H7596H5414H376H5141H7998H2091H5141H3459 25They responded, "We'll be happy to give them." So they laid out a garment, and each of them contributed a ring from his war booty.H559H5414H5414H6566H8071H7993H376H5141H7998 26The weight of the rings that he had asked for was 1,700 gold coins, not counting the crescent-shaped necklaces, pendants, and purple garments worn by the Midian kings, and also not counting the bands adorning the necks of their camels.25H4948H2091H5141H7592H505H7651H3967H2091H7720H5188H713H899H4428H4080H6060H1581H6677 27Gideon crafted the booty into an ephod and enshrined it in his home town of Ophrah. Then all of Israel committed spiritual adultery with it there, and it became a snare for Gideon and his household.H1439H6213H646H3322H5892H6084H3478H2181H310H4170H1439H1004

Gideon Dies

28Midian remained subjugated to the Israelites, and they didn't so much as raise their heads anymore, so the land was peaceful for 40 years during the lifetime of Gideon.H4080H3665H6440H1121H3478H5375H7218H3254H776H8252H705H8141H3117H1439 29Afterwards, Joash's son Jerubbaal went home and retired.H3378H1121H3101H3212H3427H1004 30Gideon raised 70 sons as his direct descendants, since he had many wives.H1439H7657H1121H3409H3318H7227H802 31His mistress in Shechem bore him a son whom he named Abimelech.H6370H7927H3205H1121H8034H7760H40 32Later, Joash's son Gideon died at a ripe old age and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash at Ophrah of the Abiezrites.831H1439H1121H3101H4191H2896H7872H6912H6913H3101H1H6084H33 33Later on, as soon as Gideon was dead, the Israelites again committed spiritual adultery with the Baals, and appointed Baal-berith to be their god.H1439H4191H1121H3478H7725H2181H310H1168H7760H1170H430 34The Israelites did not remember the Lord their God, who continually delivered them from the domination of their enemies who surrounded them on every side.H1121H3478H2142H3068H430H5337H3027H341H5439 35And they showed no gracious love to the household of Jerubbaal - also known as Gideon - despite all the good that he had done for Israel.H6213H2617H1004H3378H1439H2896H6213H3478


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