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Judges 6:25-28

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Gideon Destroys the Altar

6:25 That night the Lord said to him, “Take the bull from your father’s herd, as well as a second bull, one that is seven years old. 1  Pull down your father’s Baal altar and cut down the nearby Asherah pole. 6:26 Then build an altar for the Lord your God on the top of this stronghold according to the proper pattern. 2  Take the second bull and offer it as a burnt sacrifice on the wood from the Asherah pole that you cut down.” 6:27 So Gideon took ten of his servants 3  and did just as the Lord had told him. He was too afraid of his father’s family 4  and the men of the city to do it in broad daylight, so he waited until nighttime. 5 

6:28 When the men of the city got up the next morning, they saw 6  the Baal altar pulled down, the nearby Asherah pole cut down, and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar.

1 tn Or “Take a bull from your father’s herd, the second one, the one seven years old.” Apparently Gideon would need the bulls to pull down the altar.

2 tn Possibly “in a row” or “in a layer,” perhaps referring to the arrangement of the stones used in the altar’s construction.

3 tn Heb “men from among his servants.”

4 tn Heb “house.”

5 tn Heb “so he did it at night.”

6 tn Heb “look!” The narrator uses this word to invite his audience/readers to view the scene through the eyes of the men.



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