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1 And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide with him sharply. 1 Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon, "Why have you treated us like this? Why didn't you call us when you went to fight Midian?" And they criticized him sharply.
2 And he said unto them, What have I done now in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer? 2 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?
3 God hath delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that . 3 God gave Oreb and Zeeb, the Midianite leaders, into your hands. What was I able to do compared to you?" At this, their resentment against him subsided.
4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over , he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing them. 4 Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it.
5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give , I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian. 5 He said to the men of Succoth, "Give my troops some bread; they are worn out, and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian."
6 And the princes of Succoth said , Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thine army? 6 But the officials of Succoth said, "Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your troops?"
7 And Gideon said , Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers. 7 Then Gideon replied, "Just for that, when the LORD has given Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers."
8 And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them likewise: and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him. 8 From there he went up to Peniel and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Succoth had.
9 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying , When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower. 9 So he said to the men of Peniel, "When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower."
10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword. 10 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.
11 And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host: for the host was secure. 11 Gideon went up by the route of the nomads east of Nobah and Jogbehah and fell upon the unsuspecting army.
12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled , he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host. 12 Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, fled, but he pursued them and captured them, routing their entire army.
13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up, 13 Gideon son of Joash then returned from the battle by the Pass of Heres.
14 And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and enquired of him: and he described unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threescore and seventeen men. 14 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, the elders of the town.
15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said , Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying , Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary? 15 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?' "
16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth. 16 He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Succoth a lesson by punishing them with desert thorns and briers.
17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city. 17 He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town.
18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered , As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king. 18 Then he asked Zebah and Zalmunna, "What kind of men did you kill at Tabor?" "Men like you," they answered, "each one with the bearing of a prince."
19 And he said , They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive , I would not slay you. 19 Gideon replied, "Those were my brothers, the sons of my own mother. As surely as the LORD lives, if you had spared their lives, I would not kill you."
20 And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up , and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared , because he was yet a youth. 20 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.
21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said , Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose , and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on their camels' necks. 21 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 ornaments off their camels' necks.
22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. 22 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."
23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you. 23 But Gideon told them, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you."
24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) 24 And he said, "I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring from your share of the plunder." (It was the custom of the Ishmaelites to wear gold earrings.)
25 And they answered , We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey. 25 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.
26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks. 26 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 chains that were on their camels' necks.
27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house. 27 Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.
28 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more . And the country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon. 28 Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head again. During Gideon's lifetime, the land enjoyed peace forty years.
29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house. 29 Jerub-Baal son of Joash went back home to live.
30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten : for he had many wives. 30 He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives.
31 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, whose name he called Abimelech. 31 His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelech.
32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 32 Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead , that the children of Israel turned again , and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god. 33 No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They set up Baal-Berith as their god
34 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side: 34 and did not remember the LORD their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side.
35 Neither shewed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shewed unto Israel. 35 They also failed to show kindness to the family of Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) for all the good things he had done for them.