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Judges 8:25

25 They answered, “We’ll be glad to give them.” So they spread out a garment, and each of them threw a ring from his plunder onto it.

Judges 8:25 in Other Translations

KJV
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.
ESV
25 And they answered, "We will willingly give them." And they spread a cloak, and every man threw in it the earrings of his spoil.
NLT
25 “Gladly!” they replied. They spread out a cloak, and each one threw in a gold earring he had gathered from the plunder.
MSG
25 They said, "Of course. They're yours!"
CSB
25 They said, "We agree to give them." So they spread out a mantle, and everyone threw an earring from his plunder on it.

Judges 8:25 Meaning and Commentary

Judges 8:25

And they answered, we will willingly give them
Or, "in giving we will give" F4; give them with all their hearts, most freely and cheerfully:

and they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings
of his prey;
every man one, which would amount to no more than three hundred; though perhaps those who joined in the pursuit might take many more, or otherwise the weight of them would not amount to what in the next verse they are said to weigh.


FOOTNOTES:

F4 (Ntn Nwtn) "dando dabimus", Pagninus, Montanus.

Judges 8:25 In-Context

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 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 They answered, “We’ll be glad to give them.” So they spread out a garment, and each of them threw a ring from his plunder onto it.
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 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.
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