6:1 The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, 1 so the Lord turned them over to 2 Midian for seven years. 6:2 The Midianites 3 overwhelmed Israel. 4 Because of Midian the Israelites made shelters 5 for themselves in the hills, as well as caves and strongholds.
1 tn Heb “in the eyes of.”
2 tn Heb “gave them into the hand of.”
3 tn Heb “the hand of Midian.”
4 tn Heb “The hand of Midian was strong against Israel.”
5 tn Or possibly “secret storage places.” The Hebrew word occurs only here in the Hebrew Bible.
6 tn Heb “Midian, Amalek, and the sons of the east.”
7 tn The words “the Jordan River” are not in the Hebrew text, but are supplied in the translation for clarification.