Judges 8


Conflict with Ephraim

And [3said 4to 5him 1a man 2of Ephraim], What is this thing you do to us, to not call us when you went to deploy against Midian? And they quarreled with him forcefully. And he said to them, What did I do now as concerning you? Is not [3better 1the gleaning 2of Ephraim] than the gathering the crops of Abiezer? In your hand [2delivered up 1the  lord] the rulers of Midian -- Oreb and Zeeb; and what was I able to do as you? Then [2was spared 1their spirit] towards them in his speaking with them this word.

Succoth and Penuel Refuse to Help

And Gideon came upon the Jordan, and he passed over and the three hundred men, the ones with him, faint-hearted and hungering. And he said to the men of Succoth, Give indeed bread loaves for the nourishment to this people with me! for they hunger, for I pursue after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian. And [4said 1the 2rulers 3of Succoth], [5is not 1The hand 2of Zebah 3and 4Zalmunna] now in your hand, that we should give [2to 3your military 1bread loaves]. And Gideon said, Thus in the giving by the  lord Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, that I will rend in shreds your flesh with the thorn-bushes of the wilderness, and with the Barkenim. And he ascended from there to Penuel, and spoke to them according to these things. And [4answered 5to him 1the 2men 3of Penuel] in which manner [4answered 5to him 1the 2men 3of Succoth]. And Gideon said to the men of Penuel, saying, In my returning with peace, I will raze this tower. 10 And Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their camp with them, about fifteen thousand, all the ones being left in all the camp of the sons of the east. And the ones falling were a hundred and twenty thousand men unsheathing the broadsword. 11 And Gideon ascended the way of the ones dwelling in tents from the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and he struck the camp. And the camp was secure. 12 And Zebah fled, and Zalmunna. And he pursued after them, and he took hold of the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and all their camp was startled. 13 And [4returned 1Gideon 2the son 3of Joash] from the battle from the ascent of Ares. 14 And he seized a servant from the men of Succoth, and he questioned him; and he registered for him the rulers of Succoth, and their elders -- seventy and seven men. 15 And he came to the rulers of Succoth. And he said to them, Behold, Zebah and Zalmunna, by whom you berated me, saying, Not is the hand of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we will give [2to 3your men 4fainting 1bread loaves]. 16 And he took the rulers and the elders of the city into the thorn-bushes of the wilderness, and the Barkenim, and he rent with them the men of Succoth. 17 And the tower of Penuel he razed, and he killed the men of the city. 18 And he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner are the men whom you killed in Tabor? And they said, As you, so they are likened to you -- likened to them as the appearance of sons of kings. 19 And Gideon said, [3of my brothers 2sons 4of my mother 1They are]. As the  lord lives, if you brought them forth alive, I would not have killed you. 20 And he said to Jether his first-born, In rising up, you kill them! And [3did not 4unsheathe 1the 2boy] his sword, for he feared, for he was younger. 21 And [4said 1Zebah 2and 3Zalmunna], You rise up indeed yourself and meet us! for as a man is, so also his power. And Gideon rose up, and did away with Zebah and Zalmunna. And he took the crescents on the necks of their camels. 22 And [3said 1a man 2of Israel] to Gideon, Rule among us, you and your son, and the son of your son! for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian. 23 And [2said 3to 4them 1Gideon], [2will not rule 1I] you, and [2will not rule 1my son] among you -- the  lord shall rule you. 24 And [2said 3to 4them 1Gideon], I will ask from you a request, and you give to me -- every man an ear-ring of his spoils; for ear-rings of gold was to them, because they were Ismaelites. 25 And they said, In giving we will give. And he unfolded his garment, and [2tossed 3there 1each man] an ear-ring of his spoils. 26 And was the weight of the ear-rings of gold which he asked for -- [4shekels 1a thousand 2and 3seven hundred] of gold, besides the ornaments of the crescents, and the wrap around garments of the ones of purple, of the ones upon the kings of Midian, even besides the collars of the ones on the necks of their camels.

Gideon's Legacy

27 And [2made 3to himself 1Gideon] for an ephod, and set it in his city, in Ophrah. And [3fornicated 1all 2Israel] after it there. And it became [3to 4Gideon 5and 6his house 1an 2obstacle]. 28 And Midian was in remorse before the sons of Israel, and they did not proceed yet to lift their head; and [3was tranquil 1the 2land] forty years in the days of Gideon. 29 And [4went 1Jerubbaal 2son 3of Joash] and dwelt in his house. 30 And to Gideon there were seventy sons going forth from out of his thighs, for [3wives 2many 1there were] to him. 31 And his concubine in Shechem, [2bore 3to him 4also 5indeed 1she] a son, and put upon him his name -- Abimelech. 32 And [4died 1Gideon 2the son 3of Joash] with [2grayness of hair 1good]. And he was entombed in the burying-place of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. 33 And it came to pass as Gideon died, that [4returned 1the 2sons 3of Israel] and fornicated after the Baalim, and established to themselves Baal-berith for a covenant, [2to be 3to them 1for him] for god. 34 And [4did not 5remember 1the 2sons 3of Israel] the  lord their God, the one rescuing them from out of the hand of all their enemies round about. 35 And they did not do mercy with the house of Jerubbaal -- Gideon, according to all the goodness which he did with Israel.
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