1 And ch. 2:19the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand Hab. 3:7of Midian seven years.
2 And the hand of Midian [a]prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them 1 Sam. 13:6;Heb. 11:38the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.
3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and ch. 3:13the Amalekites, Gen. 29:1;ch. 7:12;1 Ki. 4:30;Job 1:3and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
4 And they encamped against them, and Lev. 26:16;Deut. 28:30;Mic. 6:15destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither [b]sheep, nor ox, nor ass.
5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came ch. 7:12as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.
6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel Hos. 5:15cried unto the Lord.
7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the Midianites,
9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and Ps. 44:2,3drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;
10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; 2 Ki. 17:35,37,38;Jer. 10:2fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.
11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash Josh. 17:2the Abi-ezrite: and his son Heb. 11:32, called GedeonGideon threshed wheat by the winepress, [d]to hide it from the Midianites.
12 And the ch. 13:3;Luke 1:11,28angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is Josh. 1:5with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
13 And Gideon said unto him, O my lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and Is. 59:1where be all his miracles Ps. 44:1which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath 2 Chr. 15:2forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, 1 Sam. 12:11Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: Josh. 1:9have not I sent thee?
16 And the Lord said unto him, Ex. 3:12Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then ver. 36,37;2 Ki. 20:8;Ps. 86:17;Is. 7:11shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.
19 Gen. 18:6-8And Gideon went in, and made ready [g]a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.
20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and ch. 13:19lay them upon this rock, and See 1 Ki. 18:33,34pour out the broth. And he did so.
21 Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and Lev. 9:24there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.
22 And when Gideon ch. 13:21perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! Gen. 16:13;Ex. 33:20;ch. 13:22for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.
23 And the Lord said unto him, Dan. 10:19Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
25 And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father's young bullock, [i]even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and Ex. 34:13;Deut. 7:5cut down the grove that is by it:
26 And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this [j]rock, [k]in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.
27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the Lord had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.
28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.
29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they inquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing.
30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.
33 Then all ver. 3the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in Josh. 17:16the valley of Jezreel.
36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,
37 See Ex. 4:3-7Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.
38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
39 And Gideon said unto God, Gen. 18:32Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
41 The defeat of the Midianites
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