ADONAI sent a prophet to the people of Isra'el, who said to them: "ADONAI the God of Isra'el says, 'I brought you up from Egypt, out of a life of slavery.
I delivered you from the power of the Egyptians and from the power of all your oppressors. I drove them out ahead of you and gave you their land.
And I said to you: "I am ADONAI your God; you are not to be afraid of the gods of the Emori in whose land you are living." But you paid no attention to what I said!'"
Then the angel of ADONAI came and sat under the pistachio tree in 'Ofrah that belonged to Yo'ash the Avi'ezri. His son Gid'on was threshing wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from Midyan.
The angel of ADONAI appeared to him and said to him: "You valiant hero! ADONAI is with you!"
"Excuse me, sir," answered Gid'on, "but if ADONAI is with us, then why is all this happening to us? And where are all his miracles our ancestors told us about when they said, 'Didn't ADONAI bring us up from Egypt?' For now ADONAI has abandoned us and handed us over to Midyan."
ADONAI turned to him and said, "Go in this strength of yours and save Isra'el from the hands of Midyan. Haven't I sent you?"
But Gid'on answered him, "Forgive me, my Lord, but with what am I to save Isra'el? Why, my family is the poorest in M'nasheh, and I'm the youngest person in my father's house!"
ADONAI said to him, "Because I will be with you, you will strike down Midyan as easily as if they were just one man."
Gid'on replied, "If indeed you favor me, would you mind giving me a sign that it is really you talking with me?
Please don't leave until I go and return with a gift and present it to you." He replied, "I'll wait till you come back."