But he answered them, "What have I accomplished compared to you? Aren't the gleanings of Ephraim's grapes better than the full grape harvest of Abiezer?13
God gave Oreb and Zeeb,2 the Midianite leaders, into your hands. What was I able to do compared to you?" At this, their resentment against him subsided.
Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan3 and crossed it.
He said to the men of Succoth,4 "Give my troops some bread; they are worn out,5 and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna,6 the kings of Midian."
But the officials of Succoth7 said, "Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread8 to your troops?"97
Then Gideon replied, "Just for that, when the LORD has given Zebah and Zalmunna10 into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers."
From there he went up to Peniela11 and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Succoth had.
So he said to the men of Peniel, "When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower."1210
Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with a force of about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of the armies of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand swordsmen had fallen.1311
Gideon went up by the route of the nomads east of Nobah14 and Jogbehah15 and fell upon the unsuspecting army.
Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, fled, but he pursued them and captured them, routing their entire army.