- And the men of Ephraim said unto him: "Why hast thou served us thus, that thou didst not call us when thou wentest to fight with Midian?" And they did chide with him sharply.
- And he said unto them: "What have I now done in comparison with you?
Is not the gleaning of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?
- God hath delivered into your hand the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb;
and what was I able to do in comparison with you?" Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that.
- And Gideon came to the Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing.
- And he said unto the men of Succoth: "Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me;
for they are faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian."
- And the princes of Succoth said: "Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy power, that we should give bread unto thine army?"
- And Gideon said: "Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers."
- And he went up thence to Penuel, and spoke unto them in like manner;
and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered.
- And he spoke also unto the men of Penuel, saying: "When I come back in peace, I will break down this tower."
- Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the host of the children of the east;
for there fell a hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.
- 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.
- And Zebah and Zalmunna fled;
and he pursued after them;
and he took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.
- And Gideon the son of Joash returned from the battle from the ascent of Heres.
- And he caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him;
and he wrote down for him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, seventy and seven men.
- And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said: "Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, concerning whom ye did taunt me, saying: Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy power, that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary?"
- And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.
- And he broke down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.
- Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna: "Where are the men whom ye slew at Tabor?" And they answered: "As thou art, so were they;
of one form with the children of a king."
- And he said: "They were my brethren, the sons of my mother;
as the LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you."
- And he said unto Jether his first-born: "Up, and slay them." But the youth drew not his sword;
for he feared, because he was yet a youth.
- 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 the crescents that were on their camels" necks.
- 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 saved us out of the hand of Midian."
- And Gideon said unto them: "I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you;
the LORD shall rule over you."
- And Gideon said unto them: "I would make a request of you, that ye would give me every man the ear-rings of his spoil." - For they had golden ear-rings, because they were Ishmaelites.
- And they answered: "We will willingly give them." And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the ear-rings of his spoil.
- And the weight of the golden ear-rings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold;
beside the crescents, and the pendants, and the purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels" necks.
- And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah;
and all Israel went astray after it there;
and it became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.
- So Midian was subdued before the children of Israel, and they lifted up their heads no more.
And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.
- And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house.
- And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten;
for he had many wives.
- And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bore him a son, and he called his name Abimelech.
- 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.
- And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel again went astray after the Baalim, and made Baal-berith their god.
- And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hand of all their enemies on every side;
- neither showed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, namely Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had shown unto Israel.