25 They answered, “We’ll be glad to give them.” So they spread out a garment, and each of them threw a ring from his plunder onto it. 26 The weight of the gold rings he asked for came to seventeen hundred shekels,[a] not counting the ornaments, the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian or the chains(A) that were on their camels’ necks. 27 Gideon made the gold into an ephod,(B) which he placed in Ophrah,(C) his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare(D) to Gideon and his family.(E)

Gideon’s Death

28 Thus Midian was subdued before the Israelites and did not raise its head(F) again. During Gideon’s lifetime, the land had peace(G) forty years.

29 Jerub-Baal(H) son of Joash(I) went back home to live. 30 He had seventy sons(J) of his own, for he had many wives. 31 His concubine,(K) who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelek.(L) 32 Gideon son of Joash died at a good old age(M) and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

33 No sooner had Gideon died than the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals.(N) They set up Baal-Berith(O) as their god(P) 34 and did not remember(Q) the Lord their God, who had rescued them from the hands of all their enemies on every side. 35 They also failed to show any loyalty to the family of Jerub-Baal(R) (that is, Gideon) in spite of all the good things he had done for them.(S)

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  1. Judges 8:26 That is, about 43 pounds or about 20 kilograms

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