11 Then the angel of the Lord came and sat under the [a]oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press in order to save it from the Midianites.12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.”13 Then Gideon said to him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”14 The Lord[b]looked at him and said, “Go in this your strength and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?”15 He said to Him, “O Lord, [c]how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest in my father’s house.”16 But the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall [d]defeat Midian as one man.”
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