That same night the LORD said to him, "Take the second bull from your father's herd, the one seven years old.a Tear down your father's altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah poleb1 beside it.
Then build a proper kind ofc 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 secondd bull as a burnt offering.2"
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,3 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 Joash4 did it."
The men of the town demanded of Joash, "Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal's altar5 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?6 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,e7" saying, "Let Baal contend with him," because he broke down Baal's altar.