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Judges 6:1-3 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Oppression and Confrontation

The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight,[a] so the Lord turned them over to[b] Midian for seven years. The Midianites[c] overwhelmed Israel.[d] Because of Midian the Israelites made shelters[e] for themselves in the hills, caves, and strongholds. Whenever the Israelites planted their crops,[f] the Midianites, Amalekites, and the people from the east would attack them.[g]


  1. Judges 6:1 tn Heb “in the eyes of.”
  2. Judges 6:1 tn Heb “gave them into the hand of.”
  3. Judges 6:2 tn Heb “the hand of Midian.”
  4. Judges 6:2 tn Heb “The hand of Midian was strong against Israel.”
  5. Judges 6:2 tn Or possibly “secret storage places.” The Hebrew word occurs only here in the Hebrew Bible.
  6. Judges 6:3 tn Heb “Whenever Israel sowed seed.”
  7. Judges 6:3 tn Heb “Midian, Amalek, and the sons of the east would go up, they would go up against him.” The translation assumes that וְעָלוּ (veʿalu) is dittographic (note the following עָלָיו, ʿalayv).
New English Translation (NET)

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