24 And he said, “I do have one request, that each of you give me an earring(A) from your share of the plunder.(B)” (It was the custom of the Ishmaelites(C) to wear gold earrings.)

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(D) that were on their camels’ necks. 27 Gideon made the gold into an ephod,(E) which he placed in Ophrah,(F) his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare(G) to Gideon and his family.(H)

Gideon’s Death

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

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

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