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Judges 8 - AMP

2 And he said to them, What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer? 3 ``Gideon's good words were as victorious as his sword" (Bishop Joseph Hall, cited by Charles Ellicott, A Bible Commentary). ``He might have said that he could place but little dependence upon his brethren when, through faintheartedness, 22,000 left him at one time (Judg. 7:3), but he passed this by and took a more excellent way" (Adam Clarke, The Holy Bible with A Commentary). ``The improving of a victory is often more honorable and of greater consequence than the winning of it... Humility of deportment is the. .. surest method of ending strife" (Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Holy Bible).God has given into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb, and what was I able to do in comparison with you? Then their anger toward him was abated when he had said that. 4 And Gideon came to the Jordan and passed over, he and the 300 men with him, faint yet pursuing. 5 And he said to the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread to the people who follow me, for they are faint, and I am pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian. 6 And the princes of Succoth said, Are Zebah and Zalmunna already in your hand, that we should give bread to your army? 7 And Gideon said, For that, when the Lord has delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will thresh your flesh with the thorns and briers of the wilderness! 8 And he went from there up to Penuel and made the same request, and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had done. 9 And said to the men of Penuel, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower. 10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with their army--about 15,000 men, all who were left of all the army of the sons of the east, for there had fallen 120,000 men who drew the sword. 11 And Gideon went up by the route of those who dwelt in tents east of Nobah and Jogbehah and smote their camp , for the army thought itself secure. 12 And Zebah and Zalmunna fled, and he pursued them and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and terrified all the army. 13 Then Gideon son of Joash returned from the battle by the ascent of Heres. 14 And he caught a young man of Succoth and inquired of him, and wrote down for him the officials of Succoth and its elders, seventy-seven men. 15 And he came to the men of Succoth and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you scoffed at me, saying, Are Zebah and Zalmunna now in your hand, that we should give bread to your men who are faint? 16 And he took the elders of the city and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth . 17 And he broke down the tower of Penuel and slew the men of the city. 18 Then said to Zebah and Zalmunna, What kind of men were they whom you slew at Tabor? And they replied, They were like you, each of them resembled the son of a king. 19 And he said, They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the Lord lives, if you had saved them alive, I would not slay you. 20 And said to Jether his firstborn , Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword, for he feared because he was yet a lad. 21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise yourself and fall on us; for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose and slew Zebah and Zalmunna and took the ornaments that were on their camels' necks. 22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, Rule over us--you and your son and your son's son also--for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian. 23 And Gideon said to them, I will not rule over you, and my son will not rule over you; the Lord will rule over you. 24 And Gideon said to them, Let me make a request of you--every man of you give me the earrings of his spoil. For had gold earrings because they were Ishmaelites . 25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and every man cast on it the earrings of his spoil. 26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was 1,700 shekels of gold, besides the crescents and pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian, and the chains that were about their camels' necks. 27 And Gideon made an ephod of it, and put it in his city of Ophrah, and all Israel paid homage to it there, and The gold and purple of the spoil enabled Gideon to make an ephod, presumably on the pattern of that described in Exod. 28. It was not exactly an idol but a kind of fetish, and it diverted the thoughts of the people from Shiloh and the spiritual worship of the unseen and eternal God. So apt is the human heart to cling to some outward emblem--it may be a crucifix, a wafer, or a church--and miss that worship in spirit and in truth which the Father seeks (John 4:23) (F. B. Meyer, Devotional Commentary on Joshua--II Kings).it became a snare to Gideon and to his family. 28 Thus was Midian subdued before the Israelites so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the land had peace and rest for forty years in the days of Gideon. 29 Jerubbaal (Gideon) son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house. 30 Now Gideon had seventy sons born to him, for he had many wives. 31 And his concubine, who was in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelech. 32 Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age and was buried in the tomb of Joash his father in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 33 As soon as Gideon was dead, the Israelites turned again and played the harlot after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god. 34 And the Israelites did not remember the Lord their God, Who had delivered them out of the hand of all their enemies on every side; 35 Neither did they show kindness to the family of Jerubbaal, that is, Gideon, in return for all the good which he had done for Israel.

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Shared by: Elijah Abiara on Sep, 2015
Summary: Pastor Elijah Abiara gave sermon on how to arise from every form of background that may hinder Chritians
Scripture: Judges 6:1-8:28
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 827
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Unholy Passions
Shared by: Christian Cheong on Aug, 2015
Summary: Think about what really matters in life. It's not who you are, it's who you have become. It's not what you say, it's what you do. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. Be wary of misplaced passions.
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 677
Stephen Belokur avatar
Gideon - Part 6
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Nov, 2014
Summary: The final part of the Gideon saga - Gideon kills the two kings, refuses to lead Israel, makes an idol of an ephod of gold, lives in peace and has seventy sons by many wives and a concubine. What can we learn from the account of Gideon?
Series: Gideon
Scripture: Judges 8:18-35
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 637
Stephen Belokur avatar
Gideon - Part 5
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Nov, 2014
Summary: Gideon has been coaxed and prodded to and through a battle for the Lord (and Gideon ...) Now, he's in the mop up operation and deals violently with two towns that don't help him out. What are we to think of these actions? Where is the Lord in them?
Series: Gideon
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Gideon - Part 4
Shared by: Stephen Belokur on Oct, 2014
Summary: So, Gideon's army is gathered but it's too big. How does God whittle it down to size? How does God orchestrate the attack? Who wants equal billing with God in taking credit? Gideon. God deserves all of the glory for all of the great things He does! Amen?
Series: Gideon
Scripture: Judges 7:1-8:3
Denomination: Nazarene
Views: 385
Paul Basehore avatar
Be an Impact Person, Not an Impacted Person
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Aug, 2014
Summary: Anyone can have a major impact in their surroundings simply by listening to the call and instructions of the Lord.
Series: IMPACT
Scripture: Judges 6:1-8:21
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 774
Sherm Nichols avatar
Faith Makes Us Able
Shared by: Sherm Nichols on Jan, 2014
Summary: Sermon on the life of Gideon to show how God makes people of faith able to do what they could never do on their own
Scripture: Judges 6:1-8:12
Views: 775
allan kircher avatar
pride vs. politics vs. persitence
Shared by: allan kircher on Sep, 2013
Summary: This passage allows us a glimpse both sides of human character.
Scripture: Judges 8:1-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 338
Michael Deutsch avatar
Gideon: Faith and Faithless
Shared by: Michael Deutsch on Jul, 2013
Summary: A Father's Day sermon about Gideon.
Scripture: Judges 6:2-8:14
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 763
Stephen E. Trail avatar
The Faithful's Fainting Fits
Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Apr, 2013
Summary: A sermon dealing with discouragment in the work of God.
Scripture: Judges 8:4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,134
bala samson avatar
Gideon's army of 300 unbeatable men!
Shared by: bala samson on Jan, 2013
Summary: Don’t give up! Exhausted but still in pursuit caught my attention! Hard work is the key element that separates the genius from the ordinary! An indomitable spirit is needed to overcome discouragement, stress and pressure! Now don't take this impersonally!
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 3,326
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One false step….
Shared by: bala samson on Oct, 2012
Summary: Many are led into false ways by one false step of a good man! If you are the leader of a church, youth leader, parent or in any position of authority, watch out, you need to be a good example.
Eugene  Morell avatar
From Failure to Worship
Shared by: Eugene Morell on Jul, 2012
Summary: The Lord wants you and I to see that we can turn defeat into worship with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Rick Boyne avatar
Don’t Forget
Shared by: Rick Boyne on Jun, 2012
Summary: Don’t forget about God, what He has done for you; but remember His faithfulness.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Judges 8:22-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,798
Thomas Swope avatar
Enough Already
Shared by: Thomas Swope on May, 2012
Summary: A study of the book of Judges 8: 1 – 35
Series: Judges
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Judges 8:1-35
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 2,224
Grady Henley avatar
Follwers are not Neutral
Shared by: Grady Henley on Nov, 2011
Summary: Follwers are not Neutral
Scripture: Judges 8:1-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 758
Daniel Habben avatar
Gideon's Gaffe
Shared by: Daniel Habben on Oct, 2010
Summary: Gideon (Inadvertenly) Makes An Idol
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:22-35
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 1,042
Johnny Wilson avatar
A Fable of Ambition
Shared by: Johnny Wilson on Aug, 2010
Summary: Gideon's failure appears to be ambition sneaking in after he made the right original decision that poisoned Abimelech's character. Jotham's fable is a cautionary tale.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:22-9:57
Denomination: *other
Views: 1,730
Robert Fa'atoia Collins avatar
From Nobody to Somebody
Shared by: Robert Fa'atoia Collins on Aug, 2010
Summary: When God called Gideon, he was hidding and scared, but a few confirmation assured him of God's purpose in his life. What about you?
Series: God Uses You
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Judges 1:1-8:28
Denomination: Seventh-Day Adventist
Views: 4,911
Ron Theis avatar
Compromise: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
Shared by: Ron Theis on Jul, 2010
Summary: The dangers of compromise in the modern Christian home.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Judges 8:1-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,089
Ray Swift avatar
The God of Beginning Again
Shared by: Ray Swift on Jan, 2010
Summary: A New Years message that focuses on keeping our eys on the goal and Scripturally managing our time.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Judges 8:4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,346
Bruce Rzengota avatar
Gideon: Wrong in the End
Shared by: Bruce Rzengota on Dec, 2009
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:22-35
Views: 1,278
Nate  Herbst avatar
Shared by: Nate Herbst on Oct, 2009
Summary: This message is for all the smaller ministries and churches out there: I hope it encourages you to know small is not a bad thing when it comes to church and ministry - God is more interested in testimonies than attendance.
Don Jones avatar
Gideon - A Critical Mistake
Shared by: Don Jones on Feb, 2009
Summary: Gideon defeated the Midianites. He was the "mighty warrior". He made a critical mistake in his life and led the way to idolatry once more.
Series: Gideon
based on 22 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:22-35
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 8,643
Don Jones avatar
Gideon - The Conqueror - Part 2
Shared by: Don Jones on Feb, 2009
Summary: Gideon and the 300 take on an army of 135,000 with trumpets, jars of clay, and torches and win.
Series: Gideon
based on 9 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:9-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,236
Veronica Coldiron avatar
The Heart of a Hero
Shared by: Veronica Coldiron on Jul, 2008
Summary: In this study, we take a look at a Bible hero, Gideon and how the Lord can see the heart of a hero in even the most unlikliest of us.
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Judges 6:1-8:23
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,206
Skip Alexander avatar
As Is the Man, So Is His Strength
Shared by: Skip Alexander on Jul, 2008
Summary: Father’s Day
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:1-21
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,880
Steven Spillman avatar
Shared by: Steven Spillman on May, 2008
Summary: Fear is a part of life. I don’t believe people who say they’re not afraid of anything. Everybody’s afraid of something.
Series: Part 1
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Judges 6:1-8:39
Views: 353
Tom Fuller avatar
King Making - King Breaking
Shared by: Tom Fuller on Aug, 2007
Summary: Gideon shunned position but kept power, his son Abimelech had position but not power as both were ruled by the flesh and from the flesh reaped corruption. Learn how we can fall prey to that as Christians and how to avoid it.
Series: Judges
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Judges 8:1-9:57
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 2,070
Joel Santos avatar
Shared by: Joel Santos on Jul, 2007
Summary: Gideon was always ’a human being just like us’. His strength was made perfect in his weakness.
based on 26 ratings
Scripture: Judges 7:24-8:21
Views: 1,382