Bible: Judges 8:4-21
Gideon Tracks Down the Midianite Kings
8:4 Now Gideon and his three hundred men had crossed over the Jordan River, and even though they were exhausted, they were still chasing the Midianites. 1 8:5 He said to the men of Succoth, “Give 2 some loaves of bread to the men 3 who are following me, 4 because they are exhausted. I am chasing Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.” 8:6 The officials of Succoth said, “You have not yet overpowered Zebah and Zalmunna. So why should we give 5 bread to your army?” 6 8:7 Gideon said, “Since you will not help, 7 after the
8:10 Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor with their armies. There were about fifteen thousand survivors from the army of the eastern peoples; a hundred and twenty thousand sword-wielding soldiers had been killed. 16 8:11 Gideon went up the road of the nomads 17 east of Nobah and Jogbehah and ambushed the surprised army. 18 8:12 When Zebah and Zalmunna ran away, Gideon 19 chased them and captured the two Midianite kings, Zebah and Zalmunna. He had surprised 20 their entire army.
8:13 Gideon son of Joash returned from the battle by the pass 21 of Heres. 8:14 He captured a young man from Succoth 22 and interrogated him. The young man wrote down for him the names of Succoth’s officials and city leaders – seventy-seven men in all. 23 8:15 He approached the men of Succoth and said, “Look what I have! 24 Zebah and Zalmunna! You insulted me, saying, ‘You have not yet overpowered Zebah and Zalmunna. So why should we give bread to your exhausted men?’” 25 8:16 He seized the leaders 26 of the city, along with some desert thorns and briers; he then “threshed” the men of Succoth with them. 27 8:17 He also tore down the tower of Penuel and executed the city’s men.
8:18 He said to Zebah and Zalmunna, “Describe for me 28 the men you killed at Tabor.” They said, “They were like you. Each one looked like a king’s son.” 29 8:19 He said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. I swear, 30 as surely as the