"But sir," Gideon replied, "if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders1 that our fathers told2 us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?' But now the LORD has abandoned3 us and put us into the hand of Midian."
The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have4 and save5 Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?"
"But Lord,a " Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan6 is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.7"
The LORD answered, "I will be with you8, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."
Gideon replied, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign9 that it is really you talking to me.
Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you." And the LORD said, "I will wait until you return."
Gideon went in, prepared a young goat,10 and from an ephahb11 of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.1220
The angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock,13 and pour out the broth." And Gideon did so.
With the tip of the staff14 that was in his hand, the angel of the LORD touched the meat and the unleavened bread.15 Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the LORD disappeared.
When Gideon realized16 that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, "Ah, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!"1723
But the LORD said to him, "Peace! Do not be afraid.18 You are not going to die."19