Zebah and Zalmunna
8:1 And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast
thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou
wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide
with him sharply.
8:2 And he said unto them, What have I done now in
comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of
Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?
8:3 God hath delivered into your hands the princes of
Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in
comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward him,
when he had said that.
8:4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he, and the
three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing
8:5 And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you,
loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they be
faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of
8:6 And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah
and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread
unto thine army?
8:7 And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD hath delivered
Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your
flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.
8:8 And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them
likewise: and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of
Succoth had answered him.
8:9 And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When
I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.
8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts
with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of
all the hosts of the children of the east: for there fell an
hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.
8:11 And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in
tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host;
for the host was secure.
8:12 And when Zebah and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after
them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna,
and discomfited all the host.
8:13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle
before the sun was up,
8:14 And caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and
inquired of him: and he described unto him the princes of
Succoth, and the elders thereof, even threescore and
8:15 And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold
Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are
the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we
should give bread unto thy men that are weary?
8:16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the
wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of
8:17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men
of the city.
8:18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of
men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As
thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a
8:19 And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of
my mother: as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I
would not slay you.
8:20 And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and slay
them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared,
because he was yet a youth.
8:21 Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon
us: for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose,
and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments
that were on their camels' necks.
8:22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule
thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son's son
also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.
8:23 And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you,
neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over
8:24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of
you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his
prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were
8:25 And they answered, We will willingly give them. And
they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the
earrings of his prey.
8:26 And the weight of the golden earrings that he
requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold;
beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was
on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were
about their camels' necks.
8:27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his
city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring
after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his
8:28 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of
Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the
country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.
8:29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his
8:30 And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body
begotten: for he had many wives.
8:31 And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare
him a son, whose name he called Abimelech.
8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age,
and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in
Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
8:33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that
the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring
after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.
8:34 And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD
their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all
their enemies on every side:
8:35 Neither showed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal,
namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had
showed unto Israel.