The officials of Succoth said, “You have not yet overpowered Zebah and Zalmunna. So why should we give 1 bread to your army?” 2
Ge 25:13; Ge 37:25,28; Jud 5:23; 1Sa 25:10,11; 1Ki 20:11; 2Ki 14:9; Pr 18:23; Php 2:21
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1 tn Or perhaps, “sell.”
2 tn Heb “Are the palms of Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give to your army bread?” Perhaps the reference to the kings’ “palms” should be taken literally. The officials of Succoth may be alluding to the practice of mutilating prisoners or enemy corpses (see R. G. Boling, Judges [AB], 155).
sn The officials of Succoth are hesitant to give (or sell) food to Gideon’s forces because they are not sure of the outcome of the battle. Perhaps they had made an alliance with the Midianites which demanded their loyalty.