The angel of the LORD1 came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah2 that belonged to Joash3 the Abiezrite,4 where his son Gideon5 was threshing6 wheat in a winepress7 to keep it from the Midianites.
When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you,8 mighty warrior.9"
"But sir," Gideon replied, "if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders10 that our fathers told11 us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned12 us and put us into the hand of Midian."
The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have13 and save14 Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?"
"But Lord,a " Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan15 is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.16"
The LORD answered, "I will be with you17, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."