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Judges 8
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Gideon’s Triumph and Vengeance

8Then the Ephraimites said to him, "What have you done to us, not to call us when you went to fight against the Midianites?" And they upbraided him violently.H376H669H559H4100H6213H1697H7121H1980H3898H4080H7378H2394 2So he said to them, "What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?H559H6213H5955H669H2896H1210H44 3God has given into your hands the captains of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; what have I been able to do in comparison with you?" When he said this, their anger against him subsided.H430H5414H3027H8269H4080H6159H2062H3201H6213H7307H7503H1697H1696 4Then Gideon came to the Jordan and crossed over, he and the three hundred who were with him, exhausted and famished.H1439H935H3383H5674H7969H3967H376H5889H7291 5So he said to the people of Succoth, "Please give some loaves of bread to my followers, for they are exhausted, and I am pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian."H559H582H5523H5414H3603H3899H5971H7272H5889H7291H310H2078H6759H4428H4080 6But the officials of Succoth said, "Do you already have in your possession the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna, that we should give bread to your army?"H8269H5523H559H3709H2078H6759H3027H5414H3899H6635 7Gideon replied, "Well then, when the LORD has given Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will trample your flesh on the thorns of the wilderness and on briers."H1439H559H3068H5414H2078H6759H3027H1758H1320H6975H4057H1303 8From there he went up to Penuel, and made the same request of them; and the people of Penuel answered him as the people of Succoth had answered.H5927H6439H1696H2063H582H6439H6030H582H5523H6030 9So he said to the people of Penuel, "When I come back victorious, I will break down this tower."H559H582H6439H559H7725H7965H5422H4026 10Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with their army, about fifteen thousand men, all who were left of all the army of the people of the East; for one hundred twenty thousand men bearing arms had fallen.H2078H6759H7174H4264H2568H6240H505H3498H4264H1121H6924H5307H3967H6242H505H376H8025H2719 11So Gideon went up by the caravan route east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and attacked the army; for the army was off its guard.H1439H5927H1870H7931H168H6924H5025H3011H5221H4264H4264H983 12Zebah and Zalmunna fled; and he pursued them and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and threw all the army into a panic.H2078H6759H5127H7291H310H3920H8147H4428H4080H2078H6759H2729H4264 13When Gideon son of Joash returned from the battle by the ascent of Heres,H1439H1121H3101H7725H4421H4608H2775 14he caught a young man, one of the people of Succoth, and questioned him; and he listed for him the officials and elders of Succoth, seventy-seven people.H3920H5288H582H5523H7592H3789H8269H5523H2205H7657H7651H376 15Then he came to the people of Succoth, and said, "Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me, saying, 'Do you already have in your possession the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna, that we should give bread to your troops who are exhausted?'"H935H582H5523H559H2078H6759H2778H559H3709H2078H6759H3027H5414H3899H582H3287 16So he took the elders of the city and he took thorns of the wilderness and briers and with them he trampled the people of Succoth.H3947H2205H5892H6975H4057H1303H3045H582H5523 17He also broke down the tower of Penuel, and killed the men of the city.H5422H4026H6439H2026H582H5892 18Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, "What about the men whom you killed at Tabor?" They answered, "As you are, so were they, every one of them; they resembled the sons of a king."H559H2078H6759H375H582H2026H8396H559H3644H259H8389H1121H4428 19And he replied, "They were my brothers, the sons of my mother; as the LORD lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not kill you."H559H251H1121H517H3068H2416H3863H2421H2026 20So he said to Jether his firstborn, "Go kill them!" But the boy did not draw his sword, for he was afraid, because he was still a boy.H559H3500H1060H6965H2026H5288H8025H2719H3372H5288 21Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, "You come and kill us; for as the man is, so is his strength." So Gideon proceeded to kill Zebah and Zalmunna; and he took the crescents that were on the necks of their camels.H2078H6759H559H6965H6293H376H1369H1439H6965H2026H2078H6759H3947H7720H1581H6677

Gideon’s Idolatry

22Then the Israelites said to Gideon, "Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also; for you have delivered us out of the hand of Midian."H376H3478H559H1439H4910H1121H1121H1121H3467H3027H4080 23Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will rule over you."H1439H559H4910H1121H4910H3068H4910 24Then Gideon said to them, "Let me make a request of you; each of you give me an earring he has taken as booty." (For the enemy had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)H1439H559H7592H7596H5414H376H5141H7998H2091H5141H3459 25"We will willingly give them," they answered. So they spread a garment, and each threw into it an earring he had taken as booty.H559H5414H5414H6566H8071H7993H376H5141H7998 26The weight of the golden earrings that he requested was one thousand seven hundred shekels of gold (apart from the crescents and the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian, and the collars that were on the necks of their camels).H4948H2091H5141H7592H505H7651H3967H2091H7720H5188H713H899H4428H4080H6060H1581H6677 27Gideon made an ephod of it and put it in his town, in Ophrah; and all Israel prostituted themselves to it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family.H1439H6213H646H3322H5892H6084H3478H2181H310H4170H1439H1004 28So Midian was subdued before the Israelites, and they lifted up their heads no more. So the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.H4080H3665H6440H1121H3478H5375H7218H3254H776H8252H705H8141H3117H1439

Death of Gideon

29Jerubbaal son of Joash went to live in his own house.H3378H1121H3101H3212H3427H1004 30Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives.H1439H7657H1121H3409H3318H7227H802 31His concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.H6370H7927H3205H1121H8034H7760H40 32Then Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age, and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash at Ophrah of the Abiezrites.H1439H1121H3101H4191H2896H7872H6912H6913H3101H1H6084H33 33As soon as Gideon died, the Israelites relapsed and prostituted themselves with the Baals, making Baal-berith their god.H1439H4191H1121H3478H7725H2181H310H1168H7760H1170H430 34The Israelites did not remember the LORD their God, who had rescued them from the hand of all their enemies on every side;H1121H3478H2142H3068H430H5337H3027H341H5439 35and they did not exhibit loyalty to the house of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) in return for all the good that he had done to Israel.H6213H2617H1004H3378H1439H2896H6213H3478


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