Judges 6

6 *And the children of Israel adid evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand bof Midian seven years. And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the bMidianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and ccaves, and strong holds. And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the bMidianites came up, and dthe Amalekites, eand the children of the east, even they came up against them; And they encamped against them, and fdestroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto gGaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither ||sheep, nor ox, nor ass. For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came has grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel icried unto the Lord. *And it came to pass, when the children of Israel icried unto the Lord because of the bMidianites, That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, jI brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and jdrave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not kthe 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 lthe Abi-ezrite: and his son *Gideon mthreshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the nangel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is owith thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this pbefallen us? and qwhere be all his miracles rwhich our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the bMidianites. 14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, sGo in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the bMidianites: thave not I sent thee? 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, u||my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. 16 And the Lord said unto him, wSurely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the bMidianites as one man. 17 And he said unto him, If now xI have found grace in thy sight, then yshew me a sign that thou talkest with me. 18 zDepart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my ||present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.

19 aAnd Gideon went in, and made ready 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 blay them upon this rock, and cpour 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 dthere 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 eperceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! ffor because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face. 23 And the Lord said unto him, gPeace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die. 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it ||Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in hOphrah of the Abi-ezrites.

25 And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, ||even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and icut down the grove that is by it: 26 And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, ||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. 32 Therefore on that day he called him ||Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.

33 Then all lthe Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in mthe valley of Jezreel. 34 *But nthe Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he oblew a trumpet; and Abi-ezer was gathered after him. 35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 37 pBehold, 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 qbowl full of water. 39 And Gideon said unto God, rLet 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.

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