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Judges 7-8:17

Gideon Defeats the Midianites

Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal(A) (that is, Gideon(B)) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod.(C) The camp of Midian(D) was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh.(E) The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength(F) has saved me.’ Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.(G)’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.

But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many(H) men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”

So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred of them(I) drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.

The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands.(J) Let all the others go home.”(K) So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.

Now the camp of Midian lay below him in the valley. During that night the Lord said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.(L) 10 If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah 11 and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp.” So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp. 12 The Midianites, the Amalekites(M) and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts.(N) Their camels(O) could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore.(P)

13 Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream. “I had a dream,” he was saying. “A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent overturned and collapsed.”

14 His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon son of Joash,(Q) the Israelite. God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands.”

15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped.(R) He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.”(S) 16 Dividing the three hundred men(T) into three companies,(U) he placed trumpets(V) and empty jars(W) in the hands of all of them, with torches(X) inside.

17 “Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. 18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets,(Y) then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon.’”

19 Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars(Z) that were in their hands. 20 The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches(AA) in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword(AB) for the Lord and for Gideon!” 21 While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.(AC)

22 When the three hundred trumpets sounded,(AD) the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other(AE) with their swords.(AF) The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah(AG) near Tabbath. 23 Israelites from Naphtali, Asher(AH) and all Manasseh were called out,(AI) and they pursued the Midianites.(AJ) 24 Gideon sent messengers throughout the hill country of Ephraim, saying, “Come down against the Midianites and seize the waters of the Jordan(AK) ahead of them as far as Beth Barah.”

So all the men of Ephraim were called out and they seized the waters of the Jordan as far as Beth Barah. 25 They also captured two of the Midianite leaders, Oreb and Zeeb(AL). They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb,(AM) and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. They pursued the Midianites(AN) and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan.(AO)

Zebah and Zalmunna

Now the Ephraimites asked Gideon,(AP) “Why have you treated us like this? Why didn’t you call us when you went to fight Midian?(AQ)(AR) And they challenged him vigorously.(AS)

But he answered them, “What have I accomplished compared to you? Aren’t the gleanings of Ephraim’s grapes better than the full grape harvest of Abiezer?(AT) God gave Oreb and Zeeb,(AU) the Midianite leaders, into your hands. What was I able to do compared to you?” At this, their resentment against him subsided.

Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan(AV) and crossed it. He said to the men of Sukkoth,(AW) “Give my troops some bread; they are worn out,(AX) and I am still pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna,(AY) the kings of Midian.”

But the officials of Sukkoth(AZ) said, “Do you already have the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna in your possession? Why should we give bread(BA) to your troops?”(BB)

Then Gideon replied, “Just for that, when the Lord has given Zebah and Zalmunna(BC) into my hand, I will tear your flesh with desert thorns and briers.”

From there he went up to Peniel[a](BD) and made the same request of them, but they answered as the men of Sukkoth had. So he said to the men of Peniel, “When I return in triumph, I will tear down this tower.”(BE)

10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with a force of about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of the armies of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand swordsmen had fallen.(BF) 11 Gideon went up by the route of the nomads east of Nobah(BG) and Jogbehah(BH) and attacked the unsuspecting army. 12 Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, fled, but he pursued them and captured them, routing their entire army.

13 Gideon son of Joash(BI) then returned from the battle by the Pass of Heres.(BJ) 14 He caught a young man of Sukkoth and questioned him, and the young man wrote down for him the names of the seventy-seven officials of Sukkoth,(BK) the elders(BL) of the town. 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?(BM)’” 16 He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Sukkoth a lesson(BN) by punishing them with desert thorns and briers. 17 He also pulled down the tower of Peniel(BO) and killed the men of the town.(BP)

Footnotes:

  1. Judges 8:8 Hebrew Penuel, a variant of Peniel; also in verses 9 and 17

Cross references:

  1. Judges 7:1 : S Jdg 6:32
  2. Judges 7:1 : S Jdg 6:11
  3. Judges 7:1 : 2Sa 23:25
  4. Judges 7:1 : S Ge 25:2
  5. Judges 7:1 : S Ge 12:6
  6. Judges 7:2 : S Dt 8:17; 2Co 4:7
  7. Judges 7:3 : Dt 20:8; S Jos 12:2
  8. Judges 7:4 : 1Sa 14:6
  9. Judges 7:6 : Ge 14:14
  10. Judges 7:7 : S Jos 8:7
  11. Judges 7:7 : 1Sa 14:6
  12. Judges 7:9 : ver 13-15; S Jos 2:24; S Jdg 1:2
  13. Judges 7:12 : Nu 13:29
  14. Judges 7:12 : S Dt 28:42; Jer 46:23
  15. Judges 7:12 : Jer 49:29
  16. Judges 7:12 : S Jos 11:4
  17. Judges 7:14 : S Jdg 6:11
  18. Judges 7:15 : 1Sa 15:31
  19. Judges 7:15 : S ver 9
  20. Judges 7:16 : Ge 14:15
  21. Judges 7:16 : Jdg 9:43; 1Sa 11:11; 2Sa 18:2
  22. Judges 7:16 : S Lev 25:9
  23. Judges 7:16 : ver 19; Ge 24:14
  24. Judges 7:16 : S Ge 15:17
  25. Judges 7:18 : S Jdg 3:27
  26. Judges 7:19 : S ver 16
  27. Judges 7:20 : S Ge 15:17
  28. Judges 7:20 : S Dt 32:41
  29. Judges 7:21 : 2Ki 7:7
  30. Judges 7:22 : S Jos 6:20
  31. Judges 7:22 : 1Sa 14:20; 2Ch 20:23; Isa 9:21; 19:2; Eze 38:21; Hag 2:22; Zec 14:13
  32. Judges 7:22 : Hab 3:14
  33. Judges 7:22 : 1Sa 18:19; 1Ki 4:12; 19:16
  34. Judges 7:23 : S Jos 17:7
  35. Judges 7:23 : Jdg 6:35
  36. Judges 7:23 : Ps 83:9
  37. Judges 7:24 : S Jos 2:7
  38. Judges 7:25 : Jdg 8:3; Ps 83:11
  39. Judges 7:25 : Isa 10:26
  40. Judges 7:25 : Isa 9:4
  41. Judges 7:25 : Jdg 8:4; Ps 106:43
  42. Judges 8:1 : S Jdg 6:11
  43. Judges 8:1 : S Ge 25:2
  44. Judges 8:1 : Jdg 12:1
  45. Judges 8:1 : 2Sa 19:41
  46. Judges 8:2 : S Nu 26:30
  47. Judges 8:3 : S Jdg 7:25
  48. Judges 8:4 : Jdg 7:25
  49. Judges 8:5 : S Ge 33:17
  50. Judges 8:5 : Job 16:7; Ps 6:6; Jer 45:3
  51. Judges 8:5 : ver 7, 12; Ps 83:11
  52. Judges 8:6 : ver 14
  53. Judges 8:6 : 1Sa 25:11
  54. Judges 8:6 : ver 15
  55. Judges 8:7 : S ver 5
  56. Judges 8:8 : ver 9, 17; Ge 32:30; 1Ki 12:25
  57. Judges 8:9 : ver 17
  58. Judges 8:10 : S Jdg 6:5; Isa 9:4
  59. Judges 8:11 : Nu 32:42
  60. Judges 8:11 : S Nu 32:35
  61. Judges 8:13 : S Jdg 6:11
  62. Judges 8:13 : Jdg 1:35
  63. Judges 8:14 : ver 6
  64. Judges 8:14 : S Ex 3:16
  65. Judges 8:15 : ver 6
  66. Judges 8:16 : 1Sa 14:12
  67. Judges 8:17 : S ver 8
  68. Judges 8:17 : ver 9
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Luke 23:13-43

13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.(A) 15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him(B) and then release him.” [17] [a]

18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!”(C) 19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”(D)

23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

The Crucifixion of Jesus(E)

26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene,(F) who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.(G) 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed(H) for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.(I) 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’(J) 30 Then

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[b](K)

31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”(L)

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.(M) 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father,(N) forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c](O) And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.(P)

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him.(Q) They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”(R)

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him.(S) They offered him wine vinegar(T) 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews,(U) save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.(V)

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”(W)

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”(X)

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[d](Y)

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”(Z)

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 23:17 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 27:15 and Mark 15:6.
  2. Luke 23:30 Hosea 10:8
  3. Luke 23:34 Some early manuscripts do not have this sentence.
  4. Luke 23:42 Some manuscripts come with your kingly power
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Psalm 97-98

Psalm 97

The Lord reigns,(A) let the earth be glad;(B)
let the distant shores(C) rejoice.
Clouds(D) and thick darkness(E) surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.(F)
Fire(G) goes before(H) him
and consumes(I) his foes on every side.
His lightning(J) lights up the world;
the earth(K) sees and trembles.(L)
The mountains melt(M) like wax(N) before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.(O)
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,(P)
and all peoples see his glory.(Q)

All who worship images(R) are put to shame,(S)
those who boast in idols(T)
worship him,(U) all you gods!(V)

Zion hears and rejoices
and the villages of Judah are glad(W)
because of your judgments,(X) Lord.
For you, Lord, are the Most High(Y) over all the earth;(Z)
you are exalted(AA) far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,(AB)
for he guards(AC) the lives of his faithful ones(AD)
and delivers(AE) them from the hand of the wicked.(AF)
11 Light shines[a](AG) on the righteous(AH)
and joy on the upright in heart.(AI)
12 Rejoice in the Lord,(AJ) you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.(AK)

Psalm 98

A psalm.

Sing to the Lord(AL) a new song,(AM)
for he has done marvelous things;(AN)
his right hand(AO) and his holy arm(AP)
have worked salvation(AQ) for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known(AR)
and revealed his righteousness(AS) to the nations.(AT)
He has remembered(AU) his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth(AV) have seen
the salvation of our God.(AW)

Shout for joy(AX) to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,(AY)
with the harp and the sound of singing,(AZ)
with trumpets(BA) and the blast of the ram’s horn(BB)
shout for joy(BC) before the Lord, the King.(BD)

Let the sea(BE) resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.(BF)
Let the rivers clap their hands,(BG)
let the mountains(BH) sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.(BI)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 97:11 One Hebrew manuscript and ancient versions (see also 112:4); most Hebrew manuscripts Light is sown

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 97:1 : Ex 15:18; Ps 93:1; 96:10; 99:1; Isa 24:23; 52:7
  2. Psalm 97:1 : S Ps 96:11
  3. Psalm 97:1 : S Est 10:1
  4. Psalm 97:2 : S Job 22:14
  5. Psalm 97:2 : S Ex 19:9
  6. Psalm 97:2 : Ps 89:14
  7. Psalm 97:3 : Isa 9:19; Da 7:10; Joel 1:19; 2:3
  8. Psalm 97:3 : Hab 3:5
  9. Psalm 97:3 : S 2Sa 22:9
  10. Psalm 97:4 : S Job 36:30
  11. Psalm 97:4 : S 2Sa 22:8
  12. Psalm 97:4 : S Ps 18:7; 104:32; S Rev 6:12
  13. Psalm 97:5 : S Ps 46:2, 6
  14. Psalm 97:5 : S Ps 22:14
  15. Psalm 97:5 : S Jos 3:11
  16. Psalm 97:6 : Ps 50:6; 98:2
  17. Psalm 97:6 : S Ps 19:1
  18. Psalm 97:7 : S Lev 26:1
  19. Psalm 97:7 : Isa 42:17; Jer 10:14
  20. Psalm 97:7 : S Dt 5:8
  21. Psalm 97:7 : Heb 1:6
  22. Psalm 97:7 : Ex 12:12; Ps 16:4
  23. Psalm 97:8 : S Ps 9:2
  24. Psalm 97:8 : Ps 48:11
  25. Psalm 97:9 : Ps 7:8
  26. Psalm 97:9 : S Job 34:29
  27. Psalm 97:9 : S Ps 47:9
  28. Psalm 97:10 : S Job 28:28; Am 5:15; Ro 12:9
  29. Psalm 97:10 : Ps 145:20
  30. Psalm 97:10 : Ps 31:23; 37:28; Pr 2:8
  31. Psalm 97:10 : S Ps 34:7; Da 3:28; 6:16
  32. Psalm 97:10 : Ps 37:40; Jer 15:21; 20:13
  33. Psalm 97:11 : S Job 22:28
  34. Psalm 97:11 : Ps 11:5
  35. Psalm 97:11 : Ps 7:10
  36. Psalm 97:12 : S Job 22:19; Ps 104:34; Isa 41:16; Php 4:4
  37. Psalm 97:12 : S Ex 3:15; S Ps 99:3
  38. Psalm 98:1 : Ps 30:4
  39. Psalm 98:1 : S Ps 96:1
  40. Psalm 98:1 : Ex 15:1; Ps 96:3; Isa 12:5; Lk 1:51
  41. Psalm 98:1 : S Ex 15:6
  42. Psalm 98:1 : S Jos 4:24; Job 40:9; Isa 51:9; 52:10; 53:1; 63:5
  43. Psalm 98:1 : S Ps 44:3; Isa 59:16
  44. Psalm 98:2 : Isa 52:10; Lk 3:6
  45. Psalm 98:2 : S Ps 97:6
  46. Psalm 98:2 : S Ps 67:2
  47. Psalm 98:3 : S 1Ch 16:15
  48. Psalm 98:3 : S Ge 49:10; S Ps 48:10
  49. Psalm 98:3 : S Ps 50:23
  50. Psalm 98:4 : Ps 20:5; Isa 12:6; 44:23; 52:9; 54:1; 55:12
  51. Psalm 98:5 : Ps 33:2; 92:3; 147:7
  52. Psalm 98:5 : Isa 51:3
  53. Psalm 98:6 : S Nu 10:2; S 2Sa 6:15
  54. Psalm 98:6 : S Ex 19:13
  55. Psalm 98:6 : Ps 20:5; 100:1; Isa 12:6
  56. Psalm 98:6 : Ps 2:6; 47:7
  57. Psalm 98:7 : S Ps 93:3
  58. Psalm 98:7 : S Ps 24:1
  59. Psalm 98:8 : S 2Ki 11:12
  60. Psalm 98:8 : Ps 148:9; Isa 44:23; 55:12
  61. Psalm 98:9 : S Ps 96:10
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Proverbs 14:7-8

Stay away from a fool,
for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,(A)
but the folly of fools is deception.(B)

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