Gideon

Gideon

 
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  • But Gideon replied, "I will not rule over you, nor will my son. The LORD will rule over you! - Judges 8:23


  • Gideon made a sacred ephod from the gold and put it in Ophrah, his hometown. But soon all the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping it, and it became a trap for Gideon and his family. - Judges 8:27


  • That is the story of how Israel subdued Midian, which never recovered. Throughout the rest of Gideon's lifetime--about forty years--the land was at peace. - Judges 8:28


  • Then Gideon* son of Joash returned home.2 - Judges 8:29


  • Gideon died when he was very old, and he was buried in the grave of his father, Joash, at Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer. - Judges 8:32


  • As soon as Gideon was dead, the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping the images of Baal, making Baal-berith their god. - Judges 8:33


  • Nor did they show any loyalty to the family of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon), despite all the good he had done for Israel. - Judges 8:35


  • One day Gideon's* son Abimelech went to Shechem to visit his mother's brothers. He said to them and to the rest of his mother's family,1 - Judges 9:1


  • "Ask the people of Shechem whether they want to be ruled by all seventy of Gideon's sons or by one man. And remember, I am your own flesh and blood!" - Judges 9:2


  • "Now make sure you have acted honorably and in good faith by making Abimelech your king, and that you have done right by Gideon* and all of his descendants. Have you treated my father with the honor he deserves?3 - Judges 9:16


  • If you have acted honorably and in good faith toward Gideon and his descendants, then may you find joy in Abimelech, and may he find joy in you. - Judges 9:19


  • In the events that followed, God punished Abimelech and the men of Shechem for murdering Gideon's seventy sons. - Judges 9:24


  • "Who is Abimelech?" Gaal shouted. "He's not a true descendant of Shechem!* Why should we be Abimelech's servants? He's merely the son of Gideon, and Zebul is his administrator. Serve the men of Hamor, who are Shechem's true descendants. Why should we serve Abimelech?5 - Judges 9:28


  • God also punished the men of Shechem for all their evil. So the curse of Jotham son of Gideon came true. - Judges 9:57


  • Then the LORD sent Gideon,* Barak,* Jephthah, and Samuel* to save you, and you lived in safety.2 - 1 Samuel 12:11


  • Wasn't Gideon's son Abimelech killed* at Thebez by a woman who threw a millstone down on him?' Then tell him, `Uriah the Hittite was killed, too.' "2 - 2 Samuel 11:21


  • For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them, just as he did when he destroyed the army of Midian with Gideon's little band. - Isaiah 9:4
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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