the Lord sent a prophet to them. He said to them, "This is what the Lord God of Israel says: 'I brought you out of Egypt and out of the place of slavery.
I delivered you from the power of Egypt and the power of all who oppressed you. I drove them out before you and gave you their land.
I said to you: I am the Lord your God. Do not fear the gods of the Amorites whose land you live in. But you did not obey Me.' "
The Angela of the Lordb came, and Hec sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash, the Abiezrite. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in the wine vat in order to hide it from the Midianites.
Then the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said: "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior."
Gideon said to Him, "Please Sir,d if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened?e And where are all His wonders that our fathers told us about? They said, 'Hasn't the Lord brought us out of Egypt?' But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to Midian."
The Lordf turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you?"g15
He said to Him, "Please, Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Look, my family is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father's house."
"But I will be with you," the Lord said to him. "You will strike Midian down [as if it were] one man."
Then he said to Him, "If I have found favor in Your sight, give me a sign that You are speaking with me.
Please do not leave this place until I return to You. Let me bring my gift and set it before You." And He said, "I will stay until you return."