The Men of Ephraim - Judges 8

The Book of Judges
Judges 8:1 And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast  thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou  wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did chide  with him sharply. 

Judges 8:2 And he said unto them, What have I  done now in comparison of you? Is not the gleaning of the  grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer?  

Judges 8:3 God hath delivered into your hands the princes of  Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in  comparison of you? Then their anger was abated toward  him, when he had said that.  

Judges 8:4 And Gideon came to Jordan, and passed over, he,  and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet  pursuing them. 

Judges 8:5 And he said unto the men of  Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people  that follow me; for they be faint, and I am pursuing after  Zebah and Zalmunna, kings of Midian.  

Judges 8:6 And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of  Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should  give bread unto thine army? 

Judges 8:7 And Gideon said,  Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and  Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with  the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.  

Judges 8:8 And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them likewise: and the men of Penuel answered him as the  men of Succoth had answered him. 

Judges 8:9 And he spake  also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in  peace, I will break down this tower.   

Judges 8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and  their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that  were left of all the hosts of the children of the east: for there  fell an hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.  

Judges 8:11 And Gideon went up by the way of them that  dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote  the host: for the host was secure. 

Judges 8:12 And when Zebah  and Zalmunna fled, he pursued after them, and took the two  kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all  the host.  

Judges 8:13 And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle  before the sun was up, 

Judges 8:14 And caught a young man of  the men of Succoth, and enquired of him: and he described  unto him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof,  even threescore and seventeen men. 

Judges 8:15 And he came  unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and  Zalmunna, with whom ye did upbraid me, saying, Are the  hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we  should give bread unto thy men that are weary? 

Judges 8:16  And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the  wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of  Succoth. 

Judges 8:17 And he beat down the tower of Penuel, and  slew the men of the city.  

Judges 8:18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What  manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And  they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one  resembled the children of a king. 

Judges 8:19 And he said, They  were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as the  LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay  you. 

Judges 8:20 And he said unto Jether his firstborn, Up, and  slay them. But the youth drew not his sword: for he feared,  because he was yet a youth. 

Judges 8:21 Then Zebah and  Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us: for as the man  is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah  and Zalmunna, and took away the ornaments that were on  their camels’ necks.  

Judges 8:22 Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule  thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also:  for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian. 

Judges 8:23  And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither  shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you.  

Judges 8:24 And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a  request of you, that ye would give me every man the  earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because  they were Ishmaelites.) 

Judges 8:25 And they answered, We  will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and  did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey. 

Judges 8:26  And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was  a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside  ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the  kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about  their camels’ necks. 

Judges 8:27 And Gideon made an ephod  thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all  Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a  snare unto Gideon, and to his house.  

Judges 8:28 Thus was Midian subdued before the children of  Israel, so that they lifted up their heads no more. And the  country was in quietness forty years in the days of Gideon.  

Judges 8:29 And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in  his own house. 
Judges 8:30 And Gideon had threescore and ten  sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives. 

Judges 8:31  And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him  a son, whose name he called Abimelech.  

Judges 8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old  age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in  Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites. 

Judges 8:33 And it came to pass, as  soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned  again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith  their god. 

Judges 8:34 And the children of Israel  remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered  them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side:  

Judges 8:35 Neither shewed they kindness to the house of  Jerubbaal, namely, Gideon, according to all the goodness  which he had shewed unto Israel.  KJV