The Israelites for their sin are oppressed by Midian.
Judges 6:1 And the chyldren of Israell committed wyckednes in the sight of the Lord. And þe Lord delyuered them into the handes of Madian seuen yeres. Judges 6:2 And the hande of Madian preuayled agaynst Israel, & because of þe Madianites, the chyldren of Israel made them dennes in the mountaynes & caues and stronge holdes. Judges 6:3 And when Israel had sowen, the Madianites, þe Amalechites & they of þe east contreye came vp together against them: & pytched their tentes against them, Judges 6:4 & destroyed the encrease of the erthe, euen till þu come vnto Azah: & lefte no sustistinaunce for Israell, nether shepe, oxe or asse: Judges 6:5 for they went vp, they and their cattell, & came wt their tentes as a multitude of greshopers: so þt bothe they & also their camels were wt out nombre. And they entred into þe lande to destroye it. Judges 6:6 And so was Israel excedingly impouereshed in þe sight of þe Madianites, & cryed vnto þe Lord.
Judges 6:7 And when þe children of Israel cryed vnto þe Lord because of the Madianites,
A prophet rebuketh them.
Judges 6:8 þe Lord sent vnto them a prophet, which sayd vnto them: Thus sayth þe lord god of Israel: I fette you from Egypt & brought you oute of þe house of bondage, Judges 6:9 & I rydd you out of the hande of the Egypcians, & out of þe hand of all þt oppressed you & cast them out before you, & gaue you their land. Judges 6:10 And I sayd vnto you: I am the Lorde youre God, feare not the goddes of the Amorytes in whose lande you dwell. But you haue not obeyed my voyce.
An angel sendeth Gideon for their deliverance.
Judges 6:11 And the Angell of the Lorde came, & sate vnder an Oke which was in Ephrah, that pertayned vnto Ioas þe father of þe Eserites. And his sonne Gedeon pressed out whete out of þe eares in a presse, to hyde it from the Madianites: Judges 6:12 & the angell of the Lord apeared vnto hym, & sayde: the Lord is wyth the, thou mightie man of warre. Judges 6:13 And Gedeon answered him: Oh my Lord, yf the Lord be wyth vs, why is all this come vpon vs? ye & where be all hys myracles which oure fathers tolde vs of, and sayde? Did not þe lord bring vs out of Egypte? But now þe Lorde hath forsaken vs, & delyuered vs into the handes of the Madianites. Judges 6:14 And þe Lord loked vpon him, & sayd: Go hence in this thy might, and thou shalt delyuer Israel out of þe handes of the Madianites: Haue not I sent the? Judges 6:15 And he answered him: Oh lord, wherwith shall I saue Israel? Beholde, my kinred is poore in Manasses, and I am lytle in my fathers house. Judges 6:16 The Lord sayde vnto him: I will be with the: and thou shalt smyte the Madianites, as they were but one man.
Gideon's present is consumed with fire.
Judges 6:17 And he answered him: Oh: yf I haue founde grace in thy syght, then shewe me a sygne, that it is thou that talkest wt me. Judges 6:18 Departe not hence, vntill I come agayne vnto the, and till I bring myne offryng, & haue sett it before the. And he sayde: I wyll tarye vntyll thou come agayne.
Judges 6:19 And Gedeon went in, & made redye a kydd, and swete kakes of an Epha of flowre, & put it wt the fleshe in a basket, & put þe broth in a potte, & brought it out vnto hym vnder the Oke, & presented it. Judges 6:20 And the angell of God sayd vnto him: take the flesh & þe swete kakes, & laye them vpon this rocke, & powre out the broth. And he dyd so.
Judges 6:21 Then the angell of the Lord put forth the ende of the staffe þt he helde in his hande, & touched the fleshe and the swete kakes. And there arose vp fyre out of þe rocke, & consumed the flesh & the swete kakes. But þe angell of the Lord vanished out of his syght. Judges 6:22 And when Gedeon perceaued that it was an angell of the Lord, he sayd: Alas, O Lord God, haue I therfore sene an angell of the lord face to face, þt I shulde dye? Judges 6:23 And the Lord sayde vnto him: peace be vnto the, feare not, thou shalt not dye. Judges 6:24 Then Gedeon made an aultare there vnto the Lord, & called it: The Lorde of peace. And vnto thys daye it is yet in Ephrath, þt pertayneth vnto the father of the Eserites.
Gideon destroyeth Baal's altar, and offereth a sacrifice upon the altar JEHOVAH-shalom.
Judges 6:25 And it fortuned that þe same nyght the Lord sayde vnto him: take a yong bullock out of thy fathers droue, & another of .vii. yeres olde, & destroye the aultare of Baal þt thy father hath, & cutte downe the groue þt is by it, Judges 6:26 & make an aultare vnto þe Lord thy God vpon þe toppe of this rocke in a conuenient place. And take the seconde bullock, & offer burnt sacrifice vpon þe wodd of þe groue, which þu shalt cut downe. Judges 6:27 Then Gedeon toke ten men of his seruauntes, & dyd as þe Lord bad him. But because he durst not do it by daye for feare of his fathers houshold & of the men of the cytie, he dyd it by nyght.
Joash defendeth his son, and calleth him Jerubbaal.
Judges 6:28 And when the men of the cytie were vp erlye in the morning: Beholde, the aultare of Baal was broken, & the groue cut downe þt was by it, & the seconde bullock offered vpon the aulter that was made. Judges 6:29 And they sayde one to another: who hath done this thing & whan they enquered & asked, they sayde: Gedeon þe sonne of Ioas hath done this thing. Judges 6:30 Then the men of the cytie sayde vnto Ioas: bringe out thy sonne, that he maye dye? because he hath destroyed þe aulter of Baal, & cut downe þe groue þt was by it. Judges 6:31 And Ioas sayde vnto all þt stode by him: will ye leade Baals cause? or will ye be his defenders? he þt hath medled agaynst him, let him dye or the mornynge. If he be a God, let him be auenged of him, that cast downe hys aulter. Judges 6:32 And from þt daye was Gedeon called: Ierobaal, because his father had sayde: Let Baal be auenged of hym, that hath broken downe his aulter.
Judges 6:33 All the Madianites therfore, & the Amalekites & they of the east, were geathered togeather, & went, & pitched in þe valeye of Iesrael: Judges 6:34 but þe sprete of the Lord came vpon Gedeon. And he blewe a trompette, & called Abiezer to folow him, Judges 6:35 & sent messengers thorow out all Manasses, & called them, which also dyd folowe him. And he sent messengers vnto Aser, Zabulon and Nephthalim, and they came to mete hym.
Judges 6:36 And Gedeon sayd vnto God: wilt þu saue Israel in my hande, as þu hast sayde: Judges 6:37 Beholde, I wyll put a flece of wolle in the threasshyng place. And yf þe dewe come on þe flece onlye, & it be drye vpon all the erth besyde, then shall I be sure, þt þu wilt saue Israel by my hande, as þu saydest. Judges 6:38 And it came so to passe. For he rose vp erlye on the morowe, and thrust the flece togeather, and wronge the dewe therout, & fylled a bowle of water: Judges 6:39 & Gedeon sayd agayne vnto God: be not angrye wt me, þt I speake once moare. For I wyll proue once agayne by the flece. Let it be drye onlye vpon the flece, and dewe vpon all the grounde. Judges 6:40 And God did so that same nyght: For it was drye vpon the flece onely, & there was dew on all the grounde.