Then he asked Zebah and Zalmunna, "What kind of men did you kill at Tabor?1" "Men like you," they answered, "each one with the bearing of a prince."
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Gideon replied, "Those were my brothers, the sons of my own mother. As surely as the LORD lives,2 if you had spared their lives, I would not kill you."
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Turning to Jether, his oldest son, he said, "Kill them!" But Jether did not draw his sword, because he was only a boy and was afraid.
Zebah and Zalmunna said, "Come, do it yourself. 'As is the man, so is his strength.' " So Gideon stepped forward and killed them, and took the ornaments3 off their camels' necks.
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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."
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But Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule4 over you."
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And he said, "I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring5 from your share of the plunder.6" (It was the custom of the Ishmaelites7 to wear gold earrings.)
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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, not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains8 that were on their camels' necks.
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Gideon made the gold into an ephod,9 which he placed in Ophrah,10 his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare11 to Gideon and his family.12
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Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head13 again. During Gideon's lifetime, the land enjoyed peace14 forty years.
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