Look, I will be waiting at the fords of the desert until word from you 1 reaches me.”
They will report that the fords have been captured, the reed marshes have been burned, the soldiers are terrified. 1
The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan River 1 opposite Ephraim. 2 Whenever an Ephraimite fugitive 3 said, “Let me cross over,” the men of Gilead asked 4 him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he said, “No,”
Now send word quickly to David and warn him, 1 “Don’t spend the night at the fords of the desert 2 tonight. Instead, be sure you cross over, 3 or else the king and everyone who is with him may be overwhelmed.” 4
then they said to him, “Say ‘Shibboleth!’” 1 If he said, “Sibboleth” (and could not pronounce the word 2 correctly), they grabbed him and executed him right there at the fords of the Jordan. On that day forty-two thousand Ephraimites fell dead.
They crossed at the ford in order to help the king’s household cross and to do whatever he thought appropriate. Now after he had crossed the Jordan, Shimei son of Gera threw himself down before the king.
Now Gideon sent messengers throughout the Ephraimite hill country who announced, “Go down and head off the Midianites. 1 Take control of the fords of the streams 2 all the way to Beth Barah and the Jordan River.” 3 When all the Ephraimites had assembled, 4 they took control of the fords 5 all the way to Beth Barah and the Jordan River.
Again he measured 1,750 feet and it was a river I could not cross, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be crossed.
Then the two men returned – they came down from the hills, crossed the river, 1 came to Joshua son of Nun, and reported to him all they had discovered.
Some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan River 1 to the land of Gad and Gilead. But Saul stayed at Gilgal; the entire army that was with him was terrified.
They captured the two Midianite generals, Oreb and Zeeb. 1 They executed Oreb on the rock of Oreb and Zeeb 2 in the winepress of Zeeb. They chased the Midianites 3 and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was now on the other side of the Jordan River. 4
I have been on journeys many times, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, 1 in dangers from my own countrymen, in dangers from Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, 2 in dangers at sea, in dangers from false brothers,