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Judges 8:27


Gideon used all this to make 1  an ephod, 2  which he put in his hometown of Ophrah. All the Israelites 3  prostituted themselves to it by worshiping it 4  there. It became a snare to Gideon and his family.


Ex 23:33; Ex 28:6-12; De 7:16; De 12:5; Jud 6:11,24; Jud 8:32; Jud 8:33; Jud 17:5; Jud 18:14,17; 1Sa 23:9,10; Ps 73:27; Ps 106:39; Isa 8:20; Ho 2:2; Ho 4:12-14

NET © Notes

tn Heb “made it into.”

sn In Exod 28:4-6 and several other texts an ephod is described as a priestly or cultic garment. In some cases an ephod is used to obtain a divine oracle (1 Sam 23:9; 30:7). Here the ephod is made of gold and is described as being quite heavy (70-75 lbs?). Some identify it as an idol, but it was more likely a cultic object fashioned in the form of a garment which was used for oracular purposes. For discussion of the ephod in the OT, see C. F. Burney, Judges, 236-43, and R. de Vaux, Ancient Israel, 349-52.

tn Heb “Israel” (a collective singular).

tn The words “by worshiping it” are supplied in the translation for clarity.

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