1And the men of Ephraim said to Gideon, What is this that thou hast done to us, in that thou didst not call us when thou wentest to fight with Midian? and they chided with him sharply.
2And he said to them, What have I now done in comparison of you? is not the gleaning of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?
3The Lord has delivered into your hand the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and what could I do in comparison of you? Then was their spirit calmed toward him, when he spoke this word.
4And Gideon came to Jordan, and went over, himself and the three hundred with him, hungry, yet pursuing.
5And he said to the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, bread to feed this people that follow me; because they are faint, and behold, I am following after Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.
6And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we should give bread to thy host?
7And Gideon said, Therefore when the Lord gives Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, then will I tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness, and the Barkenim.
8And he went up thence to Penuel, and spoke to them likewise: and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered him.
9And Gideon said to the men of Penuel, When I return in peace, I will break down this tower.
10And Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their host was with them, about fifteen thousand, all that were left of all the host of the aliens; and they that fell were a hundred and twenty thousand men that drew the sword.
11And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents, eastward of Nobah and Jogbehah; and he smote the host, and the host was secure.
12And Zebah and Zalmunna fled; and he pursued after them, and took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the army.
13And Gideon the son of Joash returned from the battle, down from the battle of Heres.
14And he took prisoner a young lad of the men of Succoth, and questioned him; and he wrote to him the names of the princes of Succoth and of their elders, seventy-seven men.
15And Gideon came to the princes of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom ye reproached me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we should give bread to thy men that are faint?
16And he took the elders of the city with the thorns of the wilderness and the Barkenim, and with them he tore the men of the city.
17And he overthrew the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.
18And he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, Where are the men whom ye slew in Tabor? and they said, As thou, so were they, according to the likeness of the son of a king.
19And Gideon said, They were my brethren and the sons of my mother: as the Lord lives, if ye had preserved them alive, I would not have slain you.
20And he said to Jether his firstborn, Rise and slay them; but the lad drew not his sword, for he was afraid, for he was yet very young.
21And Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou and fall upon us, for thy power is as that of a man; and Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna; and he took the round ornaments that were on the necks of their camels.
22And the men of Israel said to Gideon, Rule, my lord, over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son; for thou hast saved us out of the hand of Midian.
23And Gideon said to them, I will not rule, and my son shall not rule among you; the Lord shall rule over you.
24And Gideon said to them, I will make a request of you, and do ye give me every man an earring out of his spoils: for they had golden earrings, for they were Ishmaelites.
25And they said, We will certainly give them: and he opened his garment, and each man cast therein an earring of his spoils.
26And the weight of the golden earrings which he asked, was a thousand and seven hundred pieces of gold, besides the crescents, and the chains, and the garments, and the purple cloths that were on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were on the necks of their camels.
27And Gideon made an ephod of it, and set it in his city in Ophrah; and all Israel went thither a-whoring after it, and it became a stumbling block to Gideon and his house.
28And Midian was straitened before the children of Israel, and they did not lift up their head anymore; and the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.
29And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and sat in his house.
30And Gideon had seventy sons begotten of his body, for he had many wives.
31And his concubine was in Shechem, and she also bore him a son, and gave him the name Abimelech.
32And Gideon son of Joash died in his city, and was buried in the sepulcher of Joash his father in Ophrah of Abiezer.
33And it came to pass when Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned, and went a-whoring after Baalim, and made for themselves a covenant with Baal that he should be their god.
34And the children of Israel remembered not the Lord their God who had delivered them out of the hand of all that afflicted them round about.
35And they did not deal mercifully with the house of Jerubbaal (the same is Gideon), according to all the good which he did to Israel.