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Judges 8:10-12

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8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with their armies. There were about fifteen thousand survivors from the army of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand sword-wielding soldiers had been killed. 1  8:11 Gideon went up the road of the nomads 2  east of Nobah and Jogbehah and ambushed the surprised army. 3  8:12 When Zebah and Zalmunna ran away, Gideon 4  chased them and captured the two Midianite kings, Zebah and Zalmunna. He had surprised 5  their entire army.

1 tn Heb “About fifteen thousand [in number] were all the ones remaining from the army of the sons of the east. The fallen ones were a hundred and twenty thousand [in number], men drawing the sword.”

2 tn Heb “the ones living in tents.”

3 tn Heb “and attacked the army, while the army was secure.” The Hebrew term בֶטַח (vetakh, “secure”) probably means the army was undefended (see R. G. Boling, Judges [AB], 156), not suspecting an attack at that time and place.

4 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Gideon) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

5 tn Or “routed”; Heb “caused to panic.”



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