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Leaders roles accomplishments But the men were really upset with Gideon and complained, "When you went to war with Midian, you didnt ask us to help! Why did you treat us like that?"
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Gideon answered: Dont be upset! Even though you came later, you were able to do much more than I did. Its just like the grape harvest: The grapes your tribe doesnt even bother to pick are better than the best grapes my family can grow. Besides, God chose you to capture Raven and Wolf. Leaders accomplishments
I didnt do a thing compared to you. By the time Gideon had finished talking, the men of Ephraim had calmed down and were no longer angry at him.
After Gideon and his three hundred troops had chased the Midianites as far as the Jordan River, they were exhausted.
The town of Succoth was nearby, so he went there and asked, "Please give my troops some food. They are worn out, but we have to keep chasing Zebah and Zalmunna, the two Midianite kings."The town leaders of Succoth answered, "Why should we feed your army? We dont know if you really will defeat Zebah and Zalmunna." Leaders roles accomplishments.
"Just wait!" Gideon said. "After the Lord helps me defeat them, Im coming back here. Ill make a whip out of thorns and rip the flesh from your bones." After leaving Succoth, Gideon went to Penuel and asked the leaders there for some food. But he got the same answer as he had gotten at Succoth. "Ill come back safe and
" Gideon said, "but when I do, Im going to tear down your tower!"
Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with an army of fifteen thousand troops. They were all that was left of the army of the eastern nations, because one hundred twenty thousand of their warriors had been killed in the battle.
Gideon reached the enemy camp by going east along Nomad Road past Nobah and Jogbehah. He made a surprise attack, and the enemy panicked. Zebah and Zalmunna tried to escape, but Gideon chased and captured them. Leaders roles accomplishments.
After the battle, Gideon set out for home. As he was going through Heres Pass, he caught a young man who lived in Succoth. Gideon asked him who the town officials of Succoth were, and the young man wrote down seventy-seven names.
Gideon went to the town officials and said
, "Here are Zebah and Zalmunna. Remember how you made fun of me? You said, We dont know if you really will defeat those two Midianite kings. So why should we feed your worn-out army? "
Gideon made a whip from thorn plants and used it to beat the town officials. 17 Afterwards he went to Penuel, where he tore down the tower and killed all the town officials there. Then Gideon said, "Zebah and Zalmunna, tell me about the men you killed at Tabor." Leaders roles accomplishments
"They were a lot like you," the two kings answered. "They were dignified, almost like royalty." "They were my very own brothers!" Gideon said. "I swear by the living Lord that if you had let them live, I would let you live."
Gideon turned to Jether, his oldest son. "Kill them!" Gideon said. But Jether was young, and he was too afraid to even pull out his sword. "Whats the matter, Gideon?" Zebah and Zalmunna asked. "Do it yourself, if youre not too much of a coward!"
Gideon jumped up and killed them both.
Then he took the fancy gold ornaments from the necks of their camels. After the battle with the Midianites, the Israelites said, "Gideon, you rescued us! Now we want you to be our king. Then after your death, your son and then your grandson will rule."
"No," Gideon replied, "I wont be your king, and my son wont be king either. Only the Lord is your ruler. 24 But I will ask you to do one thing: Give me all the earrings you took from the enemy."The enemy soldiers had been Ishmaelites, and they wore gold earrings. Leaders roles accomplishments.
The Israelite soldiers replied, "Of course we will give you the earrings." Then they spread out a robe on the ground and tossed the earrings on it. 26 The total weight of this gold was over forty pounds. In addition, there was the gold from the camels ornaments and from the beautiful jewelry worn by the Midianite kings. Gideon also took their purple robes.
Gideon returned to his home in Ophrah and had the gold made into a statue, which the Israelites soon started worshiping. They became unfaithful to God, and even Gideon and his family were trapped into worshiping the statue.
The Midianites had been defeated so badly that they were no longer strong enough to attack Israel. And so Israel was at peace for the remaining forty years of Gideons life. Gideon had many wives and seventy sons. 31 He even had a wife who lived at Shechem. They had a son, and Gideon named him Abimelech.
Gideon lived to be an old man. And when he died, he was buried in the family tomb in his hometown of Ophrah, which belonged to the Abiezer clan.
Soon after Gideons death, the Israelites turned their backs on God again. They set up idols of Baal and worshiped Baal Berith as their god. Leaders roles accomplishments.
The Israelites forgot that the Lord was their God, and that he had rescued them from the enemies who lived around them. Besides all that, the Israelites were unkind to Gideons family, even though Gideon had done so much for Israel. Judges 8:1-35
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