When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you,1 mighty warrior.2"
"But sir," Gideon replied, "if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders3 that our fathers told4 us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned5 us and put us into the hand of Midian."
The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have6 and save7 Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?"
"But Lord,a " Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan8 is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.9"
The LORD answered, "I will be with you10, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."