The Israelites for their sin are oppressed by Midian.
Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did euill in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD deliuered them into the hande of Midian seuen yeeres. Judges 6:2 And the hand of Midian preuailed against Israel: [and] because of the Midianites, the children of Israel made them the dennes which [are] in the mountaines, and caues, & strong holds. Judges 6:3 And [so] it was when Israel had sowen, that the Midianites came vp, & the Amalekites, & the children of the East, euen they came vp against them, Judges 6:4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the encrease of the earth, till thou come vnto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheepe, nor oxe, nor asse. Judges 6:5 For they came vp with their cattell and their tents, and they came as Grashoppers for multitude, for both they and their camels were without number: and they entred into the land to destroy it. Judges 6:6 And Israel was greatly impouerished, because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cryed vnto the LORD.
Judges 6:7 And it came to passe when the children of Israel cryed vnto the LORD, because of the Midianites,
A prophet rebuketh them.
Judges 6:8 That the LORD sent a Prophet vnto the children of Israel, which said vnto them; Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you vp from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage, Judges 6:9 And I deliuered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of al that oppressed you, and draue them out from before you, and gaue you their land: Judges 6:10 And I said vnto you, I [am] the LORD your God, feare not the gods of the Amorites in whose land ye dwel: But ye haue not obeyed my voice.
An angel sendeth Gideon for their deliverance.
Judges 6:11 And there came an Angel of the LORD, and sate vnder an Oake which [was] in Ophrah, that [pertained] vnto Ioash the Abi-Ezrite: and his sonne Gideon threshed wheat by the winepresse, to hide [it] from the Midianites. Judges 6:12 And the Angel of the LORD appeared vnto him, and said vnto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mightie man of valour. Judges 6:13 And Gideon said vnto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD bee with vs, why then is all this befallen vs? and where [be] all his miracles which our fathers tolde vs of, saying, Did not the LORD bring vs vp from Egypt? But now the LORD hath forsaken vs, and deliuered vs into the hands of the Midianites. Judges 6:14 And the LORD looked vpon him, and said, Goe in this thy might, and thou shalt saue Israel from the hand of the Midianites: haue not I sent thee? Judges 6:15 And hee said vnto him, Oh my lord, wherewith shall I saue Israel? Behold, my family is poore in Manasseh, and I [am] the least in my fathers house. Judges 6:16 And the LORD said vnto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites, as one man.
Gideon's present is consumed with fire.
Judges 6:17 And he said vnto him, If now I haue found grace in thy sight, then shew me a signe, that thou talkest with me. Judges 6:18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, vntil I come vnto thee, and bring forth my Present, and set it before thee. And hee saide, I will tary vntill thou come againe.
Judges 6:19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and vnleauened cakes of an Ephah of floure: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought [it] out vnto him vnder the oake, and presented it. Judges 6:20 And the Angel of God sayd vnto him, Take the flesh, and the vnleauened cakes, and lay them vpon this rocke, and powre out the broth. And he did so.
Judges 6:21 Then the Angel of the LORD put foorth the end of the staffe that [was] in his hand, and touched the flesh, and the vnleauened cakes, and there rose vp fire out of the rocke, and consumed the flesh and the vnleauened cakes: then the Angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. Judges 6:22 And when Gideon perceiued that hee was an Angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD: for because I haue seene an Angel of the LORD face to face. Judges 6:23 And the LORD said vnto him, Peace be vnto thee, feare not, thou shalt not die. Judges 6:24 Then Gideon built an Altar there vnto the LORD, and called it Iehouah shalom: vnto this day it [is] yet in Ophrah, of the Abi-Ezrites.
Gideon destroyeth Baal's altar, and offereth a sacrifice upon the altar JEHOVAH-shalom.
Judges 6:25 And it came to passe the same night, that the LORD said vnto him, Take thy fathers yong bullocke, euen the second bullocke of seuen yeeres old, and throw downe the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut downe the groue that [is] by it: Judges 6:26 And builde an Altar vnto the LORD thy God vpon the top of this rocke, in the ordered place, and take the second bullocke, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the groue, which thou shalt cut downe. Judges 6:27 Then Gideon tooke ten men of his seruants, and did as the LORD had said vnto him: And [so] it was because hee feared his fathers houshold, and the men of the city, that he could not doe [it] by day, that hee did [it] by night.
Joash defendeth his son, and calleth him Jerubbaal.
Judges 6:28 And when the men of the citie arose earely in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast downe, and the groue was cut downe that [was] by it, and the second bullocke was offered vpon the altar that was built. Judges 6:29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the sonne of Ioash hath done this thing. Judges 6:30 Then the men of the citie said vnto Ioash, Bring out thy sonne, that he may die: because he hath cast downe the altar of Baal, and because hee hath cut downe the groue that [was] by it. Judges 6:31 And Ioash said vnto all that stood against him, Will ye pleade for Baal? will ye saue him? He that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilest [it is yet] morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himselfe, because [one] hath cast down his altar. Judges 6:32 Therefore on that day hee called him Ierubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because [hee] hath throwen downe his altar.
Judges 6:33 Then all the Midianites, and the Amalekites, and the children of the East were gathered together, and went ouer, and pitched in the valley of Iezreel. Judges 6:34 But the Spirit of the LORD came vpon Gideon, and hee blewe a trumpet, and Abiezer was gathered after him. Judges 6:35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, who also was gathered after him, and hee sent messengers vnto Asher, and vnto Zebulun, and vnto Naphtali, and they came vp to meete them.
Judges 6:36 And Gideon said vnto God, If thou wilt saue Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, Judges 6:37 Beholde, I will put a fleece of wooll in the floore: [and] if the deaw be on the fleece onely, and it bee drie vpon all the earth [beside], then shall I know that thou wilt saue Israel by my hande, as thou hast said. Judges 6:38 And it was so: for he rose vp early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the deaw out of the fleece, a bowle full of water. Judges 6:39 And Gideon said vnto God, Let not thine anger be hote against me, and I will speake but this once: Let mee prooue, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece. Let it now be drie onely vpon the fleece, and vpon all the ground let there be deaw. Judges 6:40 And God did so that night: for it was drie vpon the fleece onely, and there was deaw on all the ground.