Gideon slays Midian's kings
8:1 And the men of Ephraim said to him, Why have you
served us thus, that you called us not, when you went to fight
with the Midianites ? And they did scold with him sharply.
8:2 And he said to them, What have I done now in
comparison of you? [Is] not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim
better than the vintage of Abiezer ?
8:3 God has delivered into your hands the princes of
Midian, Oreb and Zeeb and what was I able to do in comparison of
you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said
8:4 And Gideon came to Jordan, [and] passed over, he, and
the three hundred men that [were] with him, faint, yet pursuing
8:5 And he said to the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you,
loaves of bread to the people that follow me; for they [be]
faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of
8:6 And the princes of Succoth said, [Are] the hands of
Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your army ?
8:7 And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD has delivered
Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh
with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.
8:8 And he went up there to Penuel, and spake to them
likewise and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth
had answered [him].
8:9 And he spake also to the men of Penuel, saying, When I
come again in peace, I will break down this tower.
8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna [were] in Karkor, and their
hosts with them, about fifteen thousand [men], all that were left
of all the hosts of the children of the east for there fell an
hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.
8:11 And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in
tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and struck the host for
the host was secure.
8:12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after
them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and
discomfited all the host.
8:13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before
the sun [was up],
8:14 And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and
enquired of him and he described to him the princes of Succoth,
and the elders thereof, [even] sixty and seventeen men.
8:15 And he came to the men of Succoth, and said, Behold
Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ya'll did upbraid me, saying, [Are]
the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should
give bread to your men [that are] weary ?
8:16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the
wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of
Succoth. 8:17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the
men of the city.
8:18 Then said he to Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of
men [were they] whom ya'll slew at Tabor ? And they answered, As
you [are], so [were] they; each one resembled the children of a
8:19 And he said, They [were] my brethren, [even] the sons
of my mother [as] the LORD lives, if ya'll had saved them alive,
I would not slay you.
8:20 And he said to Jether his firstborn, Up, [and] slay
them. But the youth drew not his sword for he feared, because he
[was] yet a youth.
8:21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise you, and fall upon
us for as the man [is, so is] his strength. And Gideon arose, and
slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that [were]
on their camels' necks.
8:22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, Rule you over
us, both you, and your son, and your son's son also for you have
delivered us from the hand of Midian.
8:23 And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you,
neither shall my son rule over you the LORD shall rule over you.
8:24 And Gideon said to them, I would desire a request of
you, that ya'll would give me every man the earrings of his
prey.(For they had golden earrings, because they [were]
8:25 And they answered, We will willingly give [them]. And
they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the
earrings of his prey.
8:26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested
was a thousand and seven hundred [shekels] of gold ; beside
ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that [was] on the
kings of Midian, and beside the chains that [were] about their
8:27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his
city, [even] in Ophrah and all Israel went there a whoring
after it which thing became a snare to Gideon, and to his
8:28 This was Midian subdued before the children of Israel,
so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was
in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.
Gideon's children and death
8:29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his
8:30 And Gideon had sixty and ten sons of his body
begotten for he had many wives.
8:31 And his concubine that [was] in Shechem,
she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.
8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good
old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in
Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
Israel's return to idolatry
8:33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was
dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a
whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.
8:34 And the children of Israel remembered not
the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of
all their enemies on every side
8:35 Neither shown they kindness to the house
of Jerubbaal, [namely], Gideon, according to all the goodness
which he had shown to Israel.
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