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Judges 6:2-5 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

The Midianites were so cruel that many Israelites ran to the mountains and hid in caves.

Every time the Israelites would plant crops, the Midianites invaded Israel together with the Amalekites and other eastern nations. 4-5 They rode in on their camels, set up their tents, and then let their livestock eat the crops as far as the town of Gaza. The Midianites stole food, sheep, cattle, and donkeys. Like a swarm of locusts,[a] they could not be counted, and they ruined the land wherever they went.

Footnotes:

  1. 6.4,5 locusts: Insects like grasshoppers that travel in swarms and cause great damage to crops.

Judges 6:2-4 New International Version (NIV)

Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys.

New International Version (NIV)

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