Judges 6:2-12 NIV

2 Because the power of Midian was so oppressive,1 the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves2 and strongholds.3

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3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites4 and other eastern peoples5 invaded the country.

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4 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.

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5 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.

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6 Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out10 to the LORD for help.

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7 When the Israelites cried11 to the LORD because of Midian,

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8 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.14
9 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.16

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10 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."

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11 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.

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12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, "The LORD is with you,26 mighty warrior.27"

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