23 But Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; athe Lord shall rule over you.” 24 Then Gideon said to them, “I would like to 6make a request of you, that each of you would give me the earrings from his plunder.” For they had golden earrings, bbecause they were Ishmaelites.
25 So they answered, “We will gladly give them.” And they spread out a garment, and each man threw into it the earrings from his plunder. 26 Now the weight of the gold earrings that he requested was one thousand seven hundred shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments, pendants, and purple robes which were on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were around their camels’ necks. 27 Then Gideon cmade it into an ephod and set it up in his city, dOphrah. And all Israel eplayed the harlot with it there. It became fa snare to Gideon and to his house.
28 Thus Midian was subdued before the children of Israel, so that they lifted their heads no more. gAnd the country was quiet for forty years in the days of Gideon.
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