Judges 6:3

3 Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country.

Read Judges 6:3 Using Other Translations

And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East would come up against them.
Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, marauders from Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east would attack Israel,

What does Judges 6:3 mean?

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Judges 6:3

And so it was, when Israel had sown
Their land, and it was grown up, and near being ripe, or quite; for the Midianites gave them no disturbance in the winter, and during seedtime, when they came out of their lurking holes, and manured their land, and sowed it:

that the Midianites came up;
into the land of Canaan, from the other side Jordan, where their country lay, and which it seems lay lower than the land of Israel:

and the Amalekites, and the children of the east:
the former were implacable enemies of Israel, and on every occasion would join other nations in oppressing them; and the children of the east were Arabians, as Josephus F2 expressly affirms:

even they came up against them;
all these three sorts of people in a confederacy.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Antiqu. l. 5. c. 6. sect. 1.
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