and the Lord did as Moses asked 1 – he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people. Not one remained!
But if he gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it will be his until the year of liberty; 1 then it will revert to the prince. His inheritance will only remain with his sons.
Moses said, “I am going to go out 1 from you and pray to the Lord, and the swarms of flies will go away from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people tomorrow. Only do not let Pharaoh deal falsely again 2 by not releasing 3 the people to sacrifice to the Lord.”
So Gideon took ten of his servants 1 and did just as the Lord had told him. He was too afraid of his father’s family 2 and the men of the city to do it in broad daylight, so he waited until nighttime. 3
One of his advisers said, “No, my master, O king. The prophet Elisha who lives in Israel keeps telling the king of Israel the things you say in your bedroom.”
One of his advisers replied, “Pick some men and have them take five of the horses that are left in the city. (Even if they are killed, their fate will be no different than that of all the Israelite people – we’re all going to die!) 1 Let’s send them out so we can know for sure what’s going on.” 2