Judges 8:23

23 But Gideon told them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you.”

Read Judges 8:23 Using Other Translations

And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.
Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the LORD will rule over you."
But Gideon replied, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son. The LORD will rule over you!

What does Judges 8:23 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Judges 8:23

And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you
Not that he declined the government of them as a judge, to which he was raised of God, but as a king, for which he had no authority and call from God; the choice of a king belonging to him, and not to the people:

neither shall my son rule over you;
which Abarbinel thinks he spake as a prophet, and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; for after his death neither Jether his eldest son, nor any of the rest of his legitimate sons, ruled over them; for they were all slain by Abimelech, the son of his concubine, who was made king:

the Lord shall rule over you;
as he did; their government was a theocracy, which they would have changed, but Gideon would not agree to it.

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