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.42
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?53
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.
Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan7 and crossed it.
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."
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?"137
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."
From there he went up to Peniela15 and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Succoth had.
So he said to the men of Peniel, "When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower."16