Judges 6:1-10

Israel Oppressed by Midian

1 Then the sons of Israel 1did what was evil in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD gave them into the hands of 2Midian seven years.
2 The power of Midian prevailed against Israel. Because * of Midian the sons of Israel made for themselves 3the dens which were in the mountains and the caves and the strongholds.
3 For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would come up with the Amalekites and the sons of the east and go against them.
4 So they would camp against them and 4destroy the produce of the earth as far * as Gaza, and 5leave no sustenance in Israel as well as no sheep, ox, or donkey.
5 For they would come up with their livestock and their tents, they would come in 6like locusts for number, both they and their camels were innumerable *; and they came into the land to devastate it.
6 So Israel was brought 7very low because * of Midian, and the sons of Israel cried to the LORD.
7 Now it came about when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD on account of Midian,
8 that the LORD sent a prophet to the sons of Israel, and 8he said to them, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'It was I who brought you up from Egypt and brought you out from the house of slavery.
9 'I delivered you from the hands of the Egyptians and from the hands of all your oppressors, and dispossessed them before * you and gave you their land,
10 and I said to you, "I am the LORD your God; you 9shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But you have not obeyed * Me.""'
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