Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon
Some time after his return, the chief men of Israel having met in a body, and consulted matters among themselves, sent a deputation to Gideon with an offer of the government of them:
rule thou over us, both thou and thy son, and thy son's son also;
by which they meant, that he would take the kingly government of them, and which they proposed to settle in his posterity for ages to come; for, as a judge in Israel, he had a sort of rule and government of them under God already, but amounted not to regal power and authority; and this was what the people of Israel were fond of, that they might be like their neighbours; and this they tempted Gideon with, who had done such very wonderful and extraordinary things for them, which they allege as a reason:
for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian;
from the bondage they were in to them, and therefore fit to be a king over them.