The Call of Gideon

11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash (A)the Abiezrite, while his son (B)Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And (C)the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, (D)“The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” 13 And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are (E)all his wonderful deeds (F)that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” 14 And the Lord[a] turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; (G)do not I send you?” 15 And he said to him, (H)“Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, (I)my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, (J)“But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” 17 And he said to him, (K)“If now I have found favor in your eyes, then (L)show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. 18 Please (M)do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay till you return.”

19 So Gideon went into his house (N)and prepared a young goat and unleavened cakes from an ephah[b] of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them. 20 And the angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them (O)on this rock, and (P)pour the broth over them.” And he did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. (Q)And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight. 22 Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord. And Gideon said, (R)“Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.” 23 But the Lord said to him, (S)“Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” 24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, (T)The Lord Is Peace. To this day it still stands at (U)Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.

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Footnotes

  1. Judges 6:14 Septuagint the angel of the Lord; also verse 16
  2. Judges 6:19 An ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters

The Lord said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, (A)lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, (B)‘Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home and hurry away from Mount Gilead.’” Then 22,000 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained.

And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many. Take them down to the water, and I will test them for you there, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ shall go with you, and anyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ shall not go.” So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Every one who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself. Likewise, every one who kneels down to drink.” And the number of those who lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was 300 men, but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water. And the Lord said to Gideon, (C)“With the 300 men who lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hand, and let all the others go every man to his home.” So the people took provisions in their hands, and their trumpets. And he sent all the rest of Israel every man to his tent, but retained the 300 men. And the camp of Midian was below him (D)in the valley.

That same (E)night the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, (F)for I have given it into your hand.

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