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Judges 6:36-40


6:36 Gideon said to God, “If you really intend to use me to deliver Israel, 1  as you promised, then give me a sign as proof. 2  6:37 Look, I am putting a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece, and the ground around it 3  is dry, then I will be sure 4  that you will use me to deliver Israel, 5  as you promised.” 6:38 The Lord did as he asked. 6  When he got up the next morning, he squeezed the fleece, and enough dew dripped from it to fill a bowl. 7  6:39 Gideon said to God, “Please do not get angry at me, when I ask for just one more sign. 8  Please allow me one more test with the fleece. This time make only the fleece dry, while the ground around it is covered with dew.” 9  6:40 That night God did as he asked. 10  Only the fleece was dry and the ground around it was covered with dew.

1 tn More literally, “you are about to deliver Israel by my hand.”

2 tn The words “then give me a sign as proof” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

3 tn Heb “all the ground.”

4 tn Or “know.”

5 tn Heb “you will deliver Israel by my hand.”

6 tn Heb “And it was so.”

7 tn Heb “dew dripped from the fleece – a bowl full of water.”

8 tn Heb “Let your anger not rage at me, so that I might speak only this once.”

9 tn Heb “let the fleece alone be dry, while dew is on all the ground.”

10 tn Heb “God did so that night.”

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