Because the power of Midian was so oppressive,1 the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves2 and strongholds.33
Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites4 and other eastern peoples5 invaded the country.
They camped on the land and ruined the crops6 all the way to Gaza7 and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys.
They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts.8 It was impossible to count the men and their camels;9 they invaded the land to ravage it.
Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out10 to the LORD for help.
When the Israelites cried11 to the LORD because of Midian,
he sent them a prophet,12 who said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt,13 out of the land of slavery.149
I snatched you from the power of Egypt and from the hand of all your oppressors.15 I drove them from before you and gave you their land.1610
I said to you, 'I am the LORD your God; do not worship17 the gods of the Amorites,18 in whose land you live.' But you have not listened to me."
The angel of the LORD 19 came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah20 that belonged to Joash21 the Abiezrite,22 where his son Gideon23 was threshing24 wheat in a winepress25 to keep it from the Midianites.
When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you,26 mighty warrior.27"