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Judges 6:1-40

And the children
<01121>
of Israel
<03478>
did
<06213> (8799)
evil
<07451>
in the sight
<05869>
of the LORD
<03068>_:
and the LORD
<03068>
delivered
<05414> (8799)
them into the hand
<03027>
of Midian
<04080>
seven
<07651>
years
<08141>_.
And the hand
<03027>
of Midian
<04080>
prevailed
<05810> (8799)
against Israel
<03478>_:
[and] because
<06440>
of the Midianites
<04080>
the children
<01121>
of Israel
<03478>
made
<06213> (8804)
them the dens
<04492>
which [are] in the mountains
<02022>_,
and caves
<04631>_,
and strong holds
<04679>_.
{prevailed: Heb. was strong}
And [so] it was, when Israel
<03478>
had sown
<02232> (8804)_,
that the Midianites
<04080>
came up
<05927> (8804)_,
and the Amalekites
<06002>_,
and the children
<01121>
of the east
<06924>_,
even they came up
<05927> (8804)
against them;
And they encamped
<02583> (8799)
against them, and destroyed
<07843> (8686)
the increase
<02981>
of the earth
<0776>_,
till thou come
<0935> (8800)
unto Gaza
<05804>_,
and left
<07604> (8686)
no sustenance
<04241>
for Israel
<03478>_,
neither sheep
<07716>_,
nor ox
<07794>_,
nor ass
<02543>_.
{sheep: or goat}
For they came up
<05927> (8799)
with their cattle
<04735>
and their tents
<0168>_,
and they came
<0935> (8804) (8675) <0935> (8799)
as
<01767>
grasshoppers
<0697>
for multitude
<07230>_;
[for] both they and their camels
<01581>
were without number
<04557>_:
and they entered
<0935> (8799)
into the land
<0776>
to destroy
<07843> (8763)
it.
And Israel
<03478>
was greatly
<03966>
impoverished
<01809> (8735)
because
<06440>
of the Midianites
<04080>_;
and the children
<01121>
of Israel
<03478>
cried
<02199> (8799)
unto the LORD
<03068>_.
And it came to pass, when the children
<01121>
of Israel
<03478>
cried
<02199> (8804)
unto the LORD
<03068>
because
<0182>
of the Midianites
<04080>_,
That the LORD
<03068>
sent
<07971> (8799)
a prophet
<0376> <05030>
unto the children
<01121>
of Israel
<03478>_,
which said
<0559> (8799)
unto them, Thus saith
<0559> (8804)
the LORD
<03068>
God
<0430>
of Israel
<03478>_,
I brought you up
<05927> (8689)
from Egypt
<04714>_,
and brought you forth
<03318> (8686)
out of the house
<01004>
of bondage
<05650>_;
{a prophet: Heb. a man a prophet}
And I delivered
<05337> (8686)
you out of the hand
<03027>
of the Egyptians
<04714>_,
and out of the hand
<03027>
of all that oppressed
<03905> (8801)
you, and drave them out
<01644> (8762)
from before
<06440>
you, and gave
<05414> (8799)
you their land
<0776>_;
And I said
<0559> (8799)
unto you, I [am] the LORD
<03068>
your God
<0430>_;
fear
<03372> (8799)
not the gods
<0430>
of the Amorites
<0567>_,
in whose land
<0776>
ye dwell
<03427> (8802)_:
but ye have not obeyed
<08085> (8804)
my voice
<06963>_.
And there came
<0935> (8799)
an angel
<04397>
of the LORD
<03068>_,
and sat
<03427> (8799)
under an oak
<0424>
which [was] in Ophrah
<06084>_,
that [pertained] unto Joash
<03101>
the Abiezrite
<033>_:
and his son
<01121>
Gideon
<01439>
threshed
<02251> (8802)
wheat
<02406>
by the winepress
<01660>_,
to hide
<05127> (8687)
[it] from
<06440>
the Midianites
<04080>_.
{Gideon: Gr. Gedeon} {to hide...: Heb. to cause it to flee}
And the angel
<04397>
of the LORD
<03068>
appeared
<07200> (8735)
unto him, and said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, The LORD
<03068>
[is] with thee, thou mighty
<01368>
man of valour
<02428>_.
And Gideon
<01439>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Oh
<0994>
my Lord
<0113>_,
if
<03426>
the LORD
<03068>
be with us, why then is all this befallen
<04672> (8804)
us? and where [be] all his miracles
<06381> (8737)
which our fathers
<01>
told
<05608> (8765)
us of, saying
<0559> (8800)_,
Did not the LORD
<03068>
bring us up
<05927> (8689)
from Egypt
<04714>_?
but now the LORD
<03068>
hath forsaken
<05203> (8804)
us, and delivered
<05414> (8799)
us into the hands
<03709>
of the Midianites
<04080>_.
And the LORD
<03068>
looked
<06437> (8799)
upon him, and said
<0559> (8799)_,
Go
<03212> (8798)
in this thy might
<03581>_,
and thou shalt save
<03467> (8689)
Israel
<03478>
from the hand
<03709>
of the Midianites
<04080>_:
have not I sent
<07971> (8804)
thee?
And he said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Oh
<0994>
my Lord
<0136>_,
wherewith
<04100>
shall I save
<03467> (8686)
Israel
<03478>_?
behold, my family
<0504> (8676) <0505>
[is] poor
<01800>
in Manasseh
<04519>_,
and I [am] the least
<06810>
in my father's
<01>
house
<01004>_.
{my family...: Heb. my thousand is the meanest}
And the LORD
<03068>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite
<05221> (8689)
the Midianites
<04080>
as one
<0259>
man
<0376>_.
And he said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, If now I have found
<04672> (8804)
grace
<02580>
in thy sight
<05869>_,
then shew
<06213> (8804)
me a sign
<0226>
that thou talkest
<01696> (8764)
with me.
Depart
<04185> (8799)
not hence, I pray thee, until I come
<0935> (8800)
unto thee, and bring forth
<03318> (8689)
my present
<04503>_,
and set
<03240> (8689)
[it] before
<06440>
thee. And he said
<0559> (8799)_,
I will tarry
<03427> (8799)
until thou come again
<07725> (8800)_.
{present: or, meat offering}
And Gideon
<01439>
went in
<0935> (8804)_,
and made ready
<06213> (8799)
a kid
<05795> <01423>_,
and unleavened cakes
<04682>
of an ephah
<0374>
of flour
<07058>_:
the flesh
<01320>
he put
<07760> (8804)
in a basket
<05536>_,
and he put
<07760> (8804)
the broth
<04839>
in a pot
<06517>_,
and brought [it] out
<03318> (8686)
unto him under the oak
<0424>_,
and presented
<05066> (8686)
[it]. {a kid: Heb. a kid of the goats}
And the angel
<04397>
of God
<0430>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Take
<03947> (8798)
the flesh
<01320>
and the unleavened cakes
<04682>_,
and lay
<03240> (8685)
[them] upon this
<01975>
rock
<05553>_,
and pour out
<08210> (8798)
the broth
<04839>_.
And he did
<06213> (8799)
so.
Then the angel
<04397>
of the LORD
<03068>
put forth
<07971> (8799)
the end
<07097>
of the staff
<04938>
that [was] in his hand
<03027>_,
and touched
<05060> (8799)
the flesh
<01320>
and the unleavened cakes
<04682>_;
and there rose up
<05927> (8799)
fire
<0784>
out of the rock
<06697>_,
and consumed
<0398> (8799)
the flesh
<01320>
and the unleavened cakes
<04682>_.
Then the angel
<04397>
of the LORD
<03068>
departed
<01980> (8804)
out of his sight
<05869>_.
And when Gideon
<01439>
perceived
<07200> (8799)
that he [was] an angel
<04397>
of the LORD
<03068>_,
Gideon
<01439>
said
<0559> (8799)_,
Alas
<0162>_,
O Lord
<0136>
GOD
<03069>_!
for because
<03651>
I have seen
<07200> (8804)
an angel
<04397>
of the LORD
<03068>
face
<06440>
to face
<06440>_.
And the LORD
<03068>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Peace
<07965>
[be] unto thee; fear
<03372> (8799)
not: thou shalt not die
<04191> (8799)_.
Then Gideon
<01439>
built
<01129> (8799)
an altar
<04196>
there unto the LORD
<03068>_,
and called
<07121> (8799)
it Jehovahshalom
<03073>_:
unto this day
<03117>
it [is] yet in Ophrah
<06084>
of the Abiezrites
<033>_.
{Jehovahshalom: that is, The LORD send peace}
And it came to pass the same night
<03915>_,
that the LORD
<03068>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto him, Take
<03947> (8798)
thy father's
<01>
young
<06499>
bullock
<07794>_,
even the second
<08145>
bullock
<06499>
of seven
<07651>
years old
<08141>_,
and throw down
<02040> (8804)
the altar
<04196>
of Baal
<01168>
that thy father
<01>
hath, and cut down
<03772> (8799)
the grove
<0842>
that [is] by it: {even: or, and}
And build
<01129> (8804)
an altar
<04196>
unto the LORD
<03068>
thy God
<0430>
upon the top
<07218>
of this rock
<04581>_,
in the ordered place
<04634>_,
and take
<03947> (8804)
the second
<08145>
bullock
<06499>_,
and offer
<05927> (8689)
a burnt sacrifice
<05930>
with the wood
<06086>
of the grove
<0842>
which thou shalt cut down
<03772> (8799)_.
{rock: Heb. strong place} {in the ordered...: or, in an orderly manner}
Then Gideon
<01439>
took
<03947> (8799)
ten
<06235>
men
<0582>
of his servants
<05650>_,
and did
<06213> (8799)
as the LORD
<03068>
had said
<01696> (8765)
unto him: and [so] it was, because he feared
<03372> (8804)
his father's
<01>
household
<01004>_,
and the men
<0582>
of the city
<05892>_,
that he could not do
<06213> (8800)
[it] by day
<03119>_,
that he did
<06213> (8799)
[it] by night
<03915>_.
And when the men
<0582>
of the city
<05892>
arose early
<07925> (8686)
in the morning
<01242>_,
behold, the altar
<04196>
of Baal
<01168>
was cast down
<05422> (8795)_,
and the grove
<0842>
was cut down
<03772> (8795)
that [was] by it, and the second
<08145>
bullock
<06499>
was offered
<05927> (8717)
upon the altar
<04196>
[that was] built
<01129> (8803)_.
And they said
<0559> (8799)
one
<0376>
to another
<07453>_,
Who hath done
<06213> (8804)
this thing
<01697>_?
And when they enquired
<01875> (8799)
and asked
<01245> (8762)_,
they said
<0559> (8799)_,
Gideon
<01439>
the son
<01121>
of Joash
<03101>
hath done
<06213> (8804)
this thing
<01697>_.
Then the men
<0582>
of the city
<05892>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto Joash
<03101>_,
Bring out
<03318> (8685)
thy son
<01121>_,
that he may die
<04191> (8799)_:
because he hath cast down
<05422> (8804)
the altar
<04196>
of Baal
<01168>_,
and because he hath cut down
<03772> (8804)
the grove
<0842>
that [was] by it.
And Joash
<03101>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto all that stood
<05975> (8804)
against him, Will ye plead
<07378> (8799)
for Baal
<01168>_?
will ye save
<03467> (8686)
him? he that will plead
<07378> (8799)
for him, let him be put to death
<04191> (8714)
whilst [it is yet] morning
<01242>_:
if he [be] a god
<0430>_,
let him plead
<07378> (8799)
for himself, because [one] hath cast down
<05422> (8804)
his altar
<04196>_.
Therefore on that day
<03117>
he called
<07121> (8799)
him Jerubbaal
<03378>_,
saying
<0559> (8800)_,
Let Baal
<01168>
plead
<07378> (8799)
against him, because he hath thrown down
<05422> (8804)
his altar
<04196>_.
{Jerubbaal: that is, Let Baal plead} {Jerubbesheth: that is, Let the shameful thing plead}
Then all the Midianites
<04080>
and the Amalekites
<06002>
and the children
<01121>
of the east
<06924>
were gathered
<0622> (8738)
together
<03162>_,
and went over
<05674> (8799)_,
and pitched
<02583> (8799)
in the valley
<06010>
of Jezreel
<03157>_.
But the Spirit
<07307>
of the LORD
<03068>
came
<03847> (8804)
upon Gideon
<01439>_,
and he blew
<08628> (8799)
a trumpet
<07782>_;
and Abiezer
<044>
was gathered
<02199> (8735)
after
<0310>
him. {came...: Heb. clothed} {gathered: Heb. called}
And he sent
<07971> (8804)
messengers
<04397>
throughout all Manasseh
<04519>_;
who also was gathered
<02199> (8735)
after
<0310>
him: and he sent
<07971> (8804)
messengers
<04397>
unto Asher
<0836>_,
and unto Zebulun
<02074>_,
and unto Naphtali
<05321>_;
and they came up
<05927> (8799)
to meet
<07125> (8800)
them. {gathered: Heb. called}
And Gideon
<01439>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto God
<0430>_,
If thou wilt
<03426>
save
<03467> (8688)
Israel
<03478>
by mine hand
<03027>_,
as thou hast said
<01696> (8765)_,
Behold, I will put
<03322> (8688)
a fleece
<01492>
of wool
<06785>
in the floor
<01637>_;
[and] if the dew
<02919>
be on the fleece
<01492>
only, and [it be] dry
<02721>
upon all the earth
<0776>
[beside], then shall I know
<03045> (8804)
that thou wilt save
<03467> (8686)
Israel
<03478>
by mine hand
<03027>_,
as thou hast said
<01696> (8765)_.
And it was so: for he rose up early
<07925> (8686)
on the morrow
<04283>_,
and thrust
<02115> (0)
the fleece
<01492>
together
<02115> (8799)_,
and wringed
<04680> (8799)
the dew
<02919>
out of the fleece
<01492>_,
a bowl
<05602>
full
<04393>
of water
<04325>_.
And Gideon
<01439>
said
<0559> (8799)
unto God
<0430>_,
Let not thine anger
<0639>
be hot
<02734> (8799)
against me, and I will speak
<01696> (8762)
but this once
<06471>_:
let me prove
<05254> (8762)_,
I pray thee, but this once
<06471>
with the fleece
<01492>_;
let it now be dry
<02721>
only upon the fleece
<01492>_,
and upon all the ground
<0776>
let there be dew
<02919>_.
And God
<0430>
did
<06213> (8799)
so that night
<03915>_:
for it was dry
<02721>
upon the fleece
<01492>
only, and there was dew
<02919>
on all the ground
<0776>_.


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