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Israel Oppressed by Midian

1 Then the sons of Israel did R125 what was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD gave them into the hands of Midian R126 seven years. 2 The power F76 of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves the R127 dens which were in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds. 3 For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go F77 against them. 4 So they would camp against them and destroy R128 the produce of the earth as F78 far as Gaza, and leave R129 no sustenance in Israel as well as no sheep, ox, or donkey. 5 For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, they would come in like R130 locusts for number, both they and their camels were innumerable; and they came into the land to devastate it. 6 So Israel was brought very R131 low because of Midian, and the sons of Israel cried to the LORD.

7 Now it came about when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD on account of Midian, 8 that the LORD sent a prophet to the sons of Israel, and he R132 said to them, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, `It was I who brought you up from Egypt and brought you out from the house of slavery. F79 9 `I delivered you from the hands of the Egyptians and from the hands of all your oppressors, and dispossessed them before you and gave you their land, 10 and I said to you, "I am the LORD your God; you shall R133 not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But you have not obeyed F80 Me.""'

Gideon Is Visited

11 Then the R134 angel of the LORD came and sat under the oak F81 that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite R135 as his son Gideon R136 was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites. 12 The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O valiant warrior." 13 Then Gideon said to him, "O my lord, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, `Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now R137 the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian." 14 The LORD looked F82 at him and said, "Go R138 in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?" 15 He R139 said to Him, "O Lord, how F83 shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, R140 and I am the youngest in my father's house." 16 But R141 the LORD said to him, "Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat F84 Midian as one man." 17 So Gideon F85 said to Him, "If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a R142 sign that it is You who speak with me. 18 "Please do not depart from here, until I come back to You, and bring out my offering and lay it before You." And He said, "I will remain until you return."

19 Then Gideon went in and prepared R143 a young goat and unleavened bread from an ephah F86 of flour; he put the meat in a basket and F87 the broth in a pot, and brought them out to him under the oak F88 and presented them. 20 The angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth." And he did so. 21 Then the angel of the LORD put out the end of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire R144 sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. Then the angel of the LORD vanished F89 from his sight. 22 When R145 Gideon saw that he was the angel of the LORD, he F90 said, "Alas, O Lord GOD F91 ! For now I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face." 23 The LORD said to him, "Peace to you, do not fear; you shall not die." 24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and named it The F92 LORD is Peace. To this day it is still in R146 Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

25 Now on the same night the LORD said to him, "Take your father's bull and F93 a second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal which belongs to your father, and cut down the Asherah R147 F94 that is beside it; 26 and build an altar to the LORD your God on the top of this stronghold in an orderly manner, and take a second bull and offer a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah which you shall cut down." 27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the LORD had spoken to him; and because he was too afraid of his father's household and the men of the city to do it by day, he did it by night.

The Altar of Baal Destroyed

28 When the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was torn down, and the Asherah which was beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar which had been built. 29 They said to one another, "Who did this thing?" And when they searched about and inquired, they said, "Gideon the son of Joash did this thing." 30 Then the men of the city said to Joash, "Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has torn down the altar of Baal, and indeed, he has cut down the Asherah which was beside it." 31 But Joash said to all who stood against him, "Will you contend for Baal, or will you deliver him? Whoever will plead F95 for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because someone has torn down his altar." 32 Therefore on that day he named him Jerubbaal, R148 that is to say, "Let Baal contend against him," because he had torn down his altar.

33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the sons of the east assembled themselves; and they crossed over and camped in the R149 valley of Jezreel. 34 So the R150 Spirit of the LORD came F96 upon Gideon; and he blew R151 a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together to follow him. 35 He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, and they also were called together to follow him; and he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, R152 and Naphtali, and they R153 came up to meet them.

Sign of the Fleece

36 Then Gideon said to God, "If R154 You will deliver Israel through F97 me, as You have spoken, 37 behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I will know that You will deliver Israel through F98 me, as You have spoken." 38 And it was so. When he arose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece, he drained the dew from the fleece, a bowl full of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, "Do R155 not let Your anger burn against me that I may speak once more; please let me make a test once more with the fleece, let it now be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground." 40 God did so that night; for it was dry only on the fleece, and dew was on all the ground.

F76: Lit hand
F77: Lit go up
F78: Lit until your coming to
F79: Lit slaves
F80: Lit listened to My voice
F81: Or terebinth
F82: Or turned toward
F83: Lit with what
F84: Lit smite
F85: Lit he
F86: I.e. Approx one bu
F87: Lit and he put
F88: Or terebinth
F89: Or departed
F90: Lit Gideon
F91: Hebrew YHWH, usually rendered L\ORD/
F92: Hebrew Yahweh-shalom
F93: Or even
F94: I.e. wooden symbol of a female deity, also vv 26, 28, 30
F95: Or contend
F96: Lit clothed
F97: Lit by my hand
F98: Lit by my hand

R125: Judges 2:11
R126: Numbers 22:4; 25:15-18; 31:1-3
R127: 1 Samuel 13:6; Hebrews 11:38
R128: Leviticus 26:16
R129: Deuteronomy 28:31
R130: Judges 7:12; 8:10
R131: Deuteronomy 28:43
R132: Judges 2:1,2
R133: 2 Kings 17:35; Jeremiah 10:2
R134: Judges 2:1; 6:14; 13:3
R135: Joshua 17:2; Judges 6:15
R136: Hebrews 11:32
R137: Judges 6:1; Psalms 44:9
R138: Hebrews 11:32-34
R139: Exodus 3:11
R140: Judges 6:11
R141: Exodus 3:12; Joshua 1:5
R142: Judges 6:37; Isaiah 38:7,8
R143: Genesis 18:6-8
R144: Leviticus 9:24
R145: Genesis 32:30; Exodus 33:20; Judges 13:21,22
R146: Judges 8:32
R147: Exodus 34:13
R148: Judges 7:1
R149: Joshua 17:16
R150: Judges 3:10
R151: Judges 3:27
R152: Judges 4:6,10; 5:18
R153: Judges 7:3
R154: Judges 6:14,16,17
R155: Genesis 18:32


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