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Judges 8:1-9 (New International Version)

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Zebah and Zalmunna

1 Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon,1 "Why have you treated us like this? Why didn't you call us when you went to fight Midian?2"3 And they criticized him sharply.4 2 But he answered them, "What have I accomplished compared to you? Aren't the gleanings of Ephraim's grapes better than the full grape harvest of Abiezer?5 3 God gave Oreb and Zeeb,6 the Midianite leaders, into your hands. What was I able to do compared to you?" At this, their resentment against him subsided. 4 Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan7 and crossed it. 5 He said to the men of Succoth,8 "Give my troops some bread; they are worn out,9 and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna,10 the kings of Midian." 6 But the officials of Succoth11 said, "Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread12 to your troops?"13 7 Then Gideon replied, "Just for that, when the LORD has given Zebah and Zalmunna14 into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers." 8 From there he went up to Peniela15 and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Succoth had. 9 So he said to the men of Peniel, "When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower."16
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