The Israelites said to Gideon, "Rule over us--you, your son and your grandson--because you have saved us out of the hand of Midian."
But Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule2 over you."
And he said, "I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring3 from your share of the plunder.4" (It was the custom of the Ishmaelites5 to wear gold earrings.)
They answered, "We'll be glad to give them." So they spread out a garment, and each man threw a ring from his plunder onto it.
The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels,a not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains6 that were on their camels' necks.
Gideon made the gold into an ephod,7 which he placed in Ophrah,8 his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare9 to Gideon and his family.10
Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head11 again. During Gideon's lifetime, the land enjoyed peace12 forty years.
Jerub-Baal13 son of Joash14 went back home to live.
He had seventy sons15 of his own, for he had many wives.
His concubine,16 who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelech.1732
Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age18 and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals.19 They set up Baal-Berith20 as their god2134
and did not remember22 the LORD their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side.
They also failed to show kindness to the family of Jerub-Baal23 (that is, Gideon) for all the good things he had done for them.24