And the men of Ephraim say unto him, 'What is this
thing thou hast done to us -- not to call for us when thou didst go to fight
with Midian?' and they strive with him severely;
and he saith unto them, 'What have I done now like you? are
not the gleanings of Ephraim better than the harvest of Abi-Ezer?
Into your hand hath God given the heads of Midian, Oreb and
Zeeb; and what have I been able to do like you?' Then their temper desisted
from off him in his speaking this thing.
And Gideon cometh in unto the Jordan, passing over, he and
the three hundred men who are with him -- wearied, and pursuing,
and he saith to the men of Succoth, 'Give, I pray you, cakes
of bread to the people who are at my feet, for they are wearied,
and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna kings of Midian.'
And the heads of Succoth say, 'Is the hand of Zebah and
Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we give to thy host bread?'
And Gideon saith, 'Therefore -- in Jehovah's giving Zebah
and Zalmunna into my hand -- I have threshed your flesh with the thorns of the
wilderness, and with the threshing instruments.'
And he goeth up thence to Penuel, and speaketh unto
them thus; and the men of Penuel answer him as the men of Succoth answered.
And he speaketh also to the men of Penuel, saying, 'In my
turning back in peace, I break down this tower.'
And Zebah and Zalmunna are in Karkor, and their camps
with them, about fifteen thousand, all who are left of all the camp of the sons
of the east; and those falling are a hundred and twenty thousand men,
And Gideon goeth up the way of those who tabernacle in
tents, on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smiteth the camp, and the camp
and Zebab and Zalmunna flee, and he pursueth after them, and
captureth the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and all the camp he hath
caused to tremble.
And Gideon son of Joash turneth back from the battle, at the
going up of the sun,
and captureth a young man of the men of Succoth, and asketh
him, and he describeth unto him the heads of Succoth, and its elders -- seventy
and seven men.
And he cometh in unto the men of Succoth, and saith, 'Lo
Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye reproached me, saying, Is the hand of Zebah
and Zalmunna now in thy hand that we give to thy men who are wearied
And he taketh the elders of the city, and the thorns of the
wilderness, and the threshing instruments, and teacheth by them the men of
and the tower of Penuel he hath broken down, and slayeth the
men of the city.
And he saith unto Zebah and unto Zalmunna, 'How -- the men
whom ye slew in Tabor?' and they say, 'As thou -- so they, one -- as the form
of the king's sons.'
And he saith, 'My brethren -- sons of my mother -- they;
Jehovah liveth, if ye had kept them alive -- I had not slain you.'
And he saith to Jether his first-born, 'Rise, slay them;'
and the young man hath not drawn his sword, for he hath been afraid, for he is
yet a youth.
And Zebah saith -- also Zalmunna -- 'Rise thou, and fall
upon us; for as the man -- his might;' and Gideon riseth, and slayeth Zebah and
Zalmunna, and taketh their round ornaments which are on the necks of
And the men of Israel say unto Gideon, 'Rule over us, both
thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, for thou hast saved us from the hand of
And Gideon saith unto them, 'I do not rule over you, nor
doth my son rule over you; Jehovah doth rule over you.'
And Gideon saith unto them, 'Let me ask of you a petition,
and give ye to me each the ring of his prey, for they have rings of gold, for
they are Ishmaelites.'
And they say, 'We certainly give;' and they spread out the garment,
and cast thither each the ring of his prey;
and the weight of the rings of gold which he asked is a
thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold, apart from the round
ornaments, and the drops, and the purple garments, which are on the
kings of Midian, and apart from the chains which are on the necks of
and Gideon maketh it into an ephod, and setteth it up in his
city, in Ophrah, and all Israel go a-whoring after it there, and it is to
Gideon and to his house for a snare.
And Midian is humbled before the sons of Israel, and have
not added to lift up their head; and the land resteth forty years in the days
And Jerubbaal son of Joash goeth and dwelleth in his own
and to Gideon there have been seventy sons, coming out of
his loin, for he had many wives;
and his concubine, who is in Shechem, hath born to
him -- even she -- a son, and he appointeth his name Abimelech.
And Gideon son of Joash dieth, in a good old age, and is
buried in the burying-place of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abi-Ezrite.
And it cometh to pass, when Gideon is dead, that the
sons of Israel turn back and go a-whoring after the Baalim, and set over them
Baal-Berith for a god;
and the sons of Israel have not remembered Jehovah their
God, who is delivering them out of the hand of all their enemies round about,
neither have they done kindness with the house of Jerubbaal
-- Gideon -- according to all the good which he did with Israel.