Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan1 and crossed it.
He said to the men of Succoth,2 "Give my troops some bread; they are worn out,3 and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna,4 the kings of Midian."
But the officials of Succoth5 said, "Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread6 to your troops?"77
Then Gideon replied, "Just for that, when the LORD has given Zebah and Zalmunna8 into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers."
From there he went up to Peniela9 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."1010
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.1111
Gideon went up by the route of the nomads east of Nobah12 and Jogbehah13 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.
Gideon son of Joash14 then returned from the battle by the Pass of Heres.1514
He caught a young man of Succoth and questioned him, and the young man wrote down for him the names of the seventy-seven officials of Succoth,16 the elders17 of the town.
Then Gideon came and said to the men of Succoth, "Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me by saying, 'Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your exhausted men?18' "
He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Succoth a lesson19 by punishing them with desert thorns and briers.
He also pulled down the tower of Peniel20 and killed the men of the town.21