Judges 8

1 And athe men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply. 2 And he said unto them, What have I done now in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer? 3 bGod hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that.

4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them. 5 And he said unto the men cof Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian. 6 And the princes of Succoth said, dAre the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that ewe should give bread unto thine army? 7 And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.

8 And he went up thence fto Penuel, and spake unto them likewise: and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him. 9 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I gcome again in peace, I will break down this tower. 10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all hthe hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword. 11 And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east iof Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host: for the host was jsecure. 12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and ktook the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.

13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up, 14 And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him: and he described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threescore and seventeen men. 15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary? 16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth. 17 And he beat down the tower of lPenuel, and slew the men of the city.

18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew mat Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king. 19 And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you. 20 And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared, because he was yet a youth. 21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and nslew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on their camels' necks.

22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. 23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: othe LORD shall rule over you. 24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, pbecause they were Ishmaelites.) 25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey. 26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks. 27 And Gideon tmade an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even sin Ophrah: and all Israel rwent thither a whoring after it: which thing became qa snare unto Gideon, and to his house.

28 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon. 29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house. 30 And Gideon had uthreescore and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives. 31 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.

32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, vin Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. 33 And it came to pass, was soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and xmade Baal-berith their god. 34 And the children of Israel yremembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side: 35 zNeither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel.

Cross Ref
1aJdg 12:1
2 Sam 19:41
3bRom 12:6
Rom 12:3
Pro 15:1
Psa 44:3
Jdg 7:24
5cGen 33:17
Psa 60:6
6d1 Kin 20:11
e1 Sam 25:11
8fGen 32:30
9g1 The 5:2-3
Luk 12:45
1 Kin 22:27
10hJdg 7:12
11iNum 32:35
jJdg 18:27
Pro 17:18
1 The 5:3
12kPsa 83:11
17l1 Kin 12:25
18mJdg 4:6
Psa 89:12
21nPsa 83:11
23oHos 13:10
Isa 43:15
Isa 33:22
Isa 26:13
Psa 89:18
Psa 29:10
Psa 10:16
1 Sam 10:19
1 Sam 8:7
24pGen 37:25
Gen 25:13
Gen 16:10
27qDeu 7:16
rPsa 106:39
Psa 73:27
Exo 23:33
sJdg 6:24
tJdg 18:17
Jdg 18:14
Jdg 17:5
30uJdg 9:2
Jdg 9:5
Jdg 10:4
32vJdg 6:24
33wJdg 2
xJdg 9:4
34yPsa 78:11
Psa 78:42
Ecc 12:1
35zJdg 9:16
Ecc 9:14-15