4 Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it.5 He said to the men of Sukkoth, “Give my troops some bread; they are worn out, and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.”
6 But the officials of Sukkoth said, “Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your troops?”
7 Then Gideon replied, “Just for that, when the Lord has given Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers.”
8 From there he went up to Peniel[a] and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Sukkoth had.9 So he said to the men of Peniel, “When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower.”
Judges 8:8Hebrew Penuel, a variant of Peniel; also in verses 9 and 17
15 Then Gideon came and said to the men of Sukkoth, “Here are Zebah and Zalmunna, about whom you taunted me by saying, ‘Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread to your exhausted men?’”16 He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Sukkoth a lesson by punishing them with desert thorns and briers.17 He also pulled down the tower of Peniel and killed the men of the town.
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