Bible: Judges 7:23-8:3

7:23 Israelites from Naphtali, Asher, and Manasseh answered the call and chased the Midianites. 1 

Gideon Appeases the Ephraimites

7:24 Now Gideon sent messengers throughout the Ephraimite hill country who announced, “Go down and head off the Midianites. 2  Take control of the fords of the streams 3  all the way to Beth Barah and the Jordan River.” 4  When all the Ephraimites had assembled, 5  they took control of the fords 6  all the way to Beth Barah and the Jordan River. 7:25 They captured the two Midianite generals, Oreb and Zeeb. 7  They executed Oreb on the rock of Oreb and Zeeb 8  in the winepress of Zeeb. They chased the Midianites 9  and brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was now on the other side of the Jordan River. 10 

8:1 The Ephraimites said to him, “Why have you done such a thing to us? You did not summon us 11  when you went to fight the Midianites!” They argued vehemently with him. 8:2 He said to them, “Now what have I accomplished compared to you? Even Ephraim’s leftover grapes 12  are better quality than Abiezer’s harvest! 13  8:3 It was to you that God handed over the Midianite generals, Oreb and Zeeb! What did I accomplish to rival that?” 14  When he said this, they calmed down. 15 

NET Bible Study Environment