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Judges 8

8:1 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; 8:2 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 8:3 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.  8:4 And Gideon cometh in unto the Jordan, passing over, he and the three hundred men who [are] with him--wearied, and pursuing, 8:5 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.' 8:6 And the heads of Succoth say, `Is the hand of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we give to thy host bread' 8:7 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.' 8:8 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. 8:9 And he speaketh also to the men of Penuel, saying, `In my turning back in peace, I break down this tower.' 8:10 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, drawing sword. 8:11 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 was confident; 8:12 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. 8:13 And Gideon son of Joash turneth back from the battle, at the going up of the sun, 8:14 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. 8:15 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 bread' 8:16 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 Succoth, 8:17 and the tower of Penuel he hath broken down, and slayeth the men of the city.  8:18 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.' 8:19 And he saith, `My brethren--sons of my mother--they; Jehovah liveth, if ye had kept them alive--I had not slain you.' 8:20 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. 8:21 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 their camels.  8:22 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 Midian.' 8:23 And Gideon saith unto them, `I do not rule over you, nor doth my son rule over you; Jehovah doth rule over you.' 8:24 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.' 8:25 And they say, `We certainly give;' and they spread out the garment, and cast thither each the ring of his prey; 8:26 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 their camels, 8:27 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. 8:28 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 of Gideon.  8:29 And Jerubbaal son of Joash goeth and dwelleth in his own house, 8:30 and to Gideon there have been seventy sons, coming out of his loin, for he had many wives; 8:31 and his concubine, who [is] in Shechem, hath born to him--even she--a son, and he appointeth his name Abimelech. 8:32 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. 8:33 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; 8:34 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, 8:35 neither have they done kindness with the house of Jerubbaal--Gideon--according to all the good which he did with Israel. 

Young's Literal Translation - Public Domain