6:22 When Gideon realized 1 that it was the Lord’s messenger, he 2 said, “Oh no! 3 Master, Lord! 4 I have seen the Lord’s messenger face to face!” 6:23 The Lord said to him, “You are safe! 5 Do not be afraid! You are not going to die!” 6:24 Gideon built an altar for the Lord there, and named it “The Lord is on friendly terms with me.” 6 To this day it is still there in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
Gideon Destroys the Altar
6:25 That night the Lord said to him, “Take the bull from your father’s herd, as well as a second bull, one that is seven years old. 7 Pull down your father’s Baal altar and cut down the nearby Asherah pole. 6:26 Then build an altar for the Lord your God on the top of this stronghold according to the proper pattern. 8 Take the second bull and offer it as a burnt sacrifice on the wood from the Asherah pole that you cut down.” 6:27 So Gideon took ten of his servants 9 and did just as the Lord had told him. He was too afraid of his father’s family 10 and the men of the city to do it in broad daylight, so he waited until nighttime. 11
6:28 When the men of the city got up the next morning, they saw 12 the Baal altar pulled down, the nearby Asherah pole cut down, and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar. 6:29 They said to one another, 13 “Who did this?” 14 They investigated the matter thoroughly 15 and concluded 16 that Gideon son of Joash had done it. 6:30 The men of the city said to Joash, “Bring out your son, so we can execute him! 17 He pulled down the Baal altar and cut down the nearby Asherah pole.” 6:31 But Joash said to all those who confronted him, 18 “Must you fight Baal’s battles? 19 Must you rescue him? Whoever takes up his cause 20 will die by morning! 21 If he really is a god, let him fight his own battles! 22 After all, it was his altar that was pulled down.” 23 6:32 That very day Gideon’s father named him Jerub-Baal, 24 because he had said, “Let Baal fight with him, for it was his altar that was pulled down.”
Gideon Summons an Army and Seeks Confirmation
6:33 All the Midianites, Amalekites, and the people from the east 25 assembled. They crossed the Jordan River 26 and camped in the Jezreel Valley.