Bible: Judges 8:22-35
Gideon Rejects a Crown but Makes an Ephod
8:22 The men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us – you, your son, and your grandson. For you have delivered us from Midian’s power.” 1 8:23 Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The
Gideon’s Story Ends
8:28 The Israelites humiliated Midian; the Midianites’ fighting spirit was broken. 14 The land had rest for forty years during Gideon’s time. 15 8:29 Then Jerub-Baal son of Joash went home and settled down. 16 8:30 Gideon fathered seventy sons through his many wives. 17 8:31 His concubine, 18 who lived in Shechem, also gave him a son, whom he named Abimelech. 19 8:32 Gideon son of Joash died at a very 20 old age and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash located in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
Israel Returns to Baal-Worship
8:33 After Gideon died, the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They made Baal-Berith 21 their god. 8:34 The Israelites did not remain true 22 to the