Gideon pacifieth the Ephraimites.
Judges 8:1 And the men of Ephraim say unto him, 'What [is] this thing thou hast done to usnot to call for us when thou didst go to fight with Midian?' and they strive with him severely; Judges 8:2 and he saith unto them, 'What have I done now like you? are not the gleanings of Ephraim better than the harvest of Abi-Ezer? Judges 8:3 Into your hand hath God given the heads of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and what have I been able to do like you?' Then their temper desisted from off him in his speaking this thing.
Succoth and Penuel refuse to relieve Gideon's army.
Judges 8:4 And Gideon cometh in unto the Jordan, passing over, he and the three hundred men who [are] with himwearied, and pursuing, Judges 8:5 and he saith to the men of Succoth, 'Give, I pray you, cakes of bread to the people who [are] at my feet, for they [are] wearied, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna kings of Midian.'
Judges 8:6 And the heads of Succoth say, 'Is the hand of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we give to thy host bread?' Judges 8:7 And Gideon saith, 'Thereforein Jehovah's giving Zebah and Zalmunna into my handI have threshed your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness, and with the threshing instruments.'
Judges 8:8 And he goeth up thence [to] Penuel, and speaketh unto them thus; and the men of Penuel answer him as the men of Succoth answered. Judges 8:9 And he speaketh also to the men of Penuel, saying, 'In my turning back in peace, I break down this tower.'
Zebah and Zalmunna are taken.
Judges 8:10 And Zebah and Zalmunna [are] in Karkor, and their camps with them, about fifteen thousand, all who are left of all the camp of the sons of the east; and those falling [are] a hundred and twenty thousand men, drawing sword.
Judges 8:11 And Gideon goeth up the way of those who tabernacle in tents, on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smiteth the camp, and the camp was confident; Judges 8:12 and Zebab and Zalmunna flee, and he pursueth after them, and captureth the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and all the camp he hath caused to tremble.
Succoth and Penuel are destroyed.
Judges 8:13 And Gideon son of Joash turneth back from the battle, at the going up of the sun, Judges 8:14 and captureth a young man of the men of Succoth, and asketh him, and he describeth unto him the heads of Succoth, and its eldersseventy and seven men. Judges 8:15 And he cometh in unto the men of Succoth, and saith, 'Lo Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye reproached me, saying, Is the hand of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand that we give to thy men who [are] wearied bread?' Judges 8:16 And he taketh the elders of the city, and the thorns of the wilderness, and the threshing instruments, and teacheth by them the men of Succoth, Judges 8:17 and the tower of Penuel he hath broken down, and slayeth the men of the city.
Gideon revengeth his brethren's death on Zebah and Zalmunna.
Judges 8:18 And he saith unto Zebah and unto Zalmunna, 'Howthe men whom ye slew in Tabor?' and they say, 'As thouso they, oneas the form of the king's sons.' Judges 8:19 And he saith, 'My brethrensons of my motherthey; Jehovah liveth, if ye had kept them aliveI had not slain you.' Judges 8:20 And he saith to Jether his first-born, 'Rise, slay them;' and the young man hath not drawn his sword, for he hath been afraid, for he [is] yet a youth. Judges 8:21 And Zebah saithalso Zalmunna'Rise thou, and fall upon us; for as the manhis might;' and Gideon riseth, and slayeth Zebah and Zalmunna, and taketh their round ornaments which [are] on the necks of their camels.
He refuseth government.
Judges 8:22 And the men of Israel say unto Gideon, 'Rule over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, for thou hast saved us from the hand of Midian.' Judges 8:23 And Gideon saith unto them, 'I do not rule over you, nor doth my son rule over you; Jehovah doth rule over you.'
His ephod cause of idolatry.
Judges 8:24 And Gideon saith unto them, 'Let me ask of you a petition, and give ye to me each the ring of his prey, for they have rings of gold, for they [are] Ishmaelites.' Judges 8:25 And they say, 'We certainly give;' and they spread out the garment, and cast thither each the ring of his prey; Judges 8:26 and the weight of the rings of gold which he asked is a thousand and seven hundred [shekels] of gold, apart from the round ornaments, and the drops, and the purple garments, which [are] on the kings of Midian, and apart from the chains which [are] on the necks of their camels, Judges 8:27 and Gideon maketh it into an ephod, and setteth it up in his city, in Ophrah, and all Israel go a-whoring after it there, and it is to Gideon and to his house for a snare.
Judges 8:28 And Midian is humbled before the sons of Israel, and have not added to lift up their head; and the land resteth forty years in the days of Gideon.
Judges 8:29 And Jerubbaal son of Joash goeth and dwelleth in his own house, Judges 8:30 and to Gideon there have been seventy sons, coming out of his loin, for he had many wives; Judges 8:31 and his concubine, who [is] in Shechem, hath born to himeven shea son, and he appointeth his name Abimelech.
Judges 8:32 And Gideon son of Joash dieth, in a good old age, and is buried in the burying-place of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-Ezrite.
The Israelites' idolatry and ingratitude.
Judges 8:33 And it cometh to pass, when Gideon [is] dead, that the sons of Israel turn back and go a-whoring after the Baalim, and set over them Baal-Berith for a god; Judges 8:34 and the sons of Israel have not remembered Jehovah their God, who is delivering them out of the hand of all their enemies round about, Judges 8:35 neither have they done kindness with the house of JerubbaalGideonaccording to all the good which he did with Israel.