Gideon Summons an Army and Seeks Confirmation
6:33 All the Midianites, Amalekites, and the people from the east76 assembled. They crossed the Jordan River77 and camped in the Jezreel Valley. 6:34 The Lord’s spirit took control of78 Gideon. He blew a trumpet,79 summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.80 6:35 He sent messengers throughout Manasseh and summoned them to follow him as well.81 He also sent messengers throughout Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they came up to meet him.
6:36 Gideon said to God, “If you really intend to use me to deliver Israel,82 as you promised, then give me a sign as proof.83 6:37 Look, I am putting a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece, and the ground around it84 is dry, then I will be sure85 that you will use me to deliver Israel,86 as you promised.” 6:38 The Lord did as he asked.87 When he got up the next morning, he squeezed the fleece, and enough dew dripped from it to fill a bowl.88 6:39 Gideon said to God, “Please do not get angry at me, when I ask for just one more sign.89 Please allow me one more test with the fleece. This time make only the fleece dry, while the ground around it is covered with dew.”90 6:40 That night God did as he asked.91 Only the fleece was dry and the ground around it was covered with dew.
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