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Gideon Destroys the Altar

6:25 That night the Lord said to him, “Take the bull from your father’s herd, as well as a second bull, one that is seven years old.58 Pull down your father’s Baal altar and cut down the nearby Asherah pole. 6:26 Then build an altar for the Lord your God on the top of this stronghold according to the proper pattern.59 Take the second bull and offer it as a burnt sacrifice on the wood from the Asherah pole that you cut down.” 6:27 So Gideon took ten of his servants60 and did just as the Lord had told him. He was too afraid of his father’s family61 and the men of the city to do it in broad daylight, so he waited until nighttime.62

6:28 When the men of the city got up the next morning, they saw63 the Baal altar pulled down, the nearby Asherah pole cut down, and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar. 6:29 They said to one another,64 “Who did this?”65 They investigated the matter thoroughly66 and concluded67 that Gideon son of Joash had done it. 6:30 The men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, so we can execute him!68 He pulled down the Baal altar and cut down the nearby Asherah pole.” 6:31 But Joash said to all those who confronted him,69 “Must you fight Baal’s battles?70 Must you rescue him? Whoever takes up his cause71 will die by morning!72 If he really is a god, let him fight his own battles!73 After all, it was his altar that was pulled down.”74 6:32 That very day Gideon’s father named him Jerub-Baal,75 because he had said, “Let Baal fight with him, for it was his altar that was pulled down.”


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