Gideon replied, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign1 that it is really you talking to me.
Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you." And the LORD said, "I will wait until you return."
Gideon went in, prepared a young goat,2 and from an ephaha3 of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.420
The angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock,5 and pour out the broth." And Gideon did so.
With the tip of the staff6 that was in his hand, the angel of the LORD touched the meat and the unleavened bread.7 Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the LORD disappeared.
When Gideon realized8 that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, "Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!"923
But the LORD said to him, "Peace! Do not be afraid.10 You are not going to die."1124
So Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called12 it The LORD is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah13 of the Abiezrites.
That same night the LORD said to him, "Take the second bull from your father's herd, the one seven years old.b Tear down your father's altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah polec14 beside it.
Then build a proper kind ofd altar to the LORD your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the seconde bull as a burnt offering.15"
So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the LORD told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the men of the town, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.
In the morning when the men of the town got up, there was Baal's altar,16 demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar!
They asked each other, "Who did this?" When they carefully investigated, they were told, "Gideon son of Joash17 did it."
The men of the town demanded of Joash, "Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal's altar18 and cut down the Asherah pole beside it."
But Joash replied to the hostile crowd around him, "Are you going to plead Baal's cause?19 Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his altar."
So that day they called Gideon "Jerub-Baal,f20" saying, "Let Baal contend with him," because he broke down Baal's altar.