The Midianites - Judges 6

The Book of Judges
Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the  LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of  Midian seven years.

Judges 6:2 And the hand of Midian  prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the  children of Israel made them the dens which are in the  mountains, and caves, and strong holds. 

Judges 6:3 And so it  was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up,  and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they  came up against them; 

Judges 6:4 And they encamped against  them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come  unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep,  nor ox, nor ass. 

Judges 6:5 For they came up with their cattle and  their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude;  for both they and their camels were without number: and  they entered into the land to destroy it. 

Judges 6:6 And Israel was  greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the  children of Israel cried unto the LORD.  

Judges 6:7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel  cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, 

Judges 6:8 That  the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which  said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I  brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of  the house of bondage; 

Judges 6:9 And I delivered you out of the  hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that  oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and  gave you their land; 

Judges 6:10 And I said unto you, I am the  LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in  whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.  

Judges 6:11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat  under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto  Joash the Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by  the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 

Judges 6:12 And  the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto  him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.  

Judges 6:13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the  LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and  where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of,  saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now  the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands  of the Midianites. 

Judges 6:14 And the LORD looked upon him,  and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel  from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?  

Judges 6:15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall  I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I  am the least in my father’s house. 

Judges 6:16 And the LORD  said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt  smite the Midianites as one man. 

Judges 6:17 And he said unto  him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a  sign that thou talkest with me. 

Judges 6:18 Depart not hence, I  pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my  present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry  until thou come again.   

Judges 6:19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and  unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a  basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out  unto him under the oak, and presented it. 

Judges 6:20 And the  angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the  unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour  out the broth. And he did so.  

Judges 6:21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of  the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and  the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock,  and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. 

Judges 6:22 And  when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the  LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have  seen an angel of the LORD face to face. 

Judges 6:23 And the  LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou  shalt not die. 

Judges 6:24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto  the LORD, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is  yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.  

Judges 6:25 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD  said unto him, 
Take thy father’s young bullock, even the  second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar  of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is  by it: 

Judges 6:26 And build an altar unto the LORD thy God  upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the  second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of  the grove which thou shalt cut down. 

Judges 6:27 Then Gideon  took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said  unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father’s  household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it  by day, that he did it by night.  

Judges 6:28 And when the men of the city arose early in the  morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the  grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock  was offered upon the altar that was built. 
Judges 6:29 And they  said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when  they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash  hath done this thing. 

Judges 6:30 Then the men of the city said  unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he  hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut  down the grove that was by it. 

Judges 6:31 And Joash said unto  all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye  save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death  whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for  himself, because one hath cast down his altar. 

Judges 6:32  Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let  Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his  altar.  

Judges 6:33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the  children of the east were gathered together, and went over,  and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 

Judges 6:34 But the Spirit of  the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and  Abi-ezer was gathered after him. 

Judges 6:35 And he sent  messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and  unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet  them.    

Judges 6:36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel  by mine hand, as thou hast said, 

Judges 6:37 Behold, I will put a  fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece  only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I  know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast  said. 

Judges 6:38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the  morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew  out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. 

Judges 6:39 And Gideon  said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I  will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this  once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece,  and upon all the ground let there be dew. 

Judges 6:40 And God  did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and  there was dew on all the ground.  KJV