DLTK's Bible Stories for Children
Gideon - King James Version
] And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD:
and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the
Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the
mountains, and caves, and strong holds.
] And so it was,
when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites,
and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth,
till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither
sheep, nor ox, nor ass.
] For they came up with their cattle
and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both
they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the
land to destroy it.
] And Israel was greatly impoverished
because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the
] And it came to pass, when the children of Israel
cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,
] That the
LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them,
Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and
brought you forth out of the house of bondage;
] And I
delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of
all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you
] And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God;
fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have
not obeyed my voice.
] And there came an angel of the LORD,
and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the
Abi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide
it from the Midianites.
] And the angel of the LORD
appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty
man of valour.
] And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if
the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all
his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD
bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered
us into the hands of the Midianites.
] And the LORD looked
upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel
from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold,
my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
] And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and
thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
] And he said
unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign
that thou talkest with me.
] Depart not hence, I pray thee,
until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before
thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.
And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an
ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a
pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.
And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened
cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did
] Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the
staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened
cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh
and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his
] And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of
the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an
angel of the LORD face to face.
] And the LORD said unto
him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it
Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abi-ezrites.
] And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto
him, Take thy father's young bullock, even the second bullock of seven
years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and
cut down the grove that is by it:
] And build an altar unto
the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and
take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of
the grove which thou shalt cut down.
] Then Gideon took ten
men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it
was, because he feared his father's household, and the men of the city,
that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.
And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the
altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it,
and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.
And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they
inquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this
] Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring
out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of
Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.
And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal?
will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death
whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself,
because one hath cast down his altar.
] Therefore on that
day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because
he hath thrown down his altar.
] Then all the Midianites
and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together,
and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.
the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and
Abi-ezer was gathered after him.
] And he sent messengers
throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent
messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they
came up to meet them.
] And Gideon said unto God, If thou
wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,
I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the
fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know
that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.
And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece
together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
] And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against
me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this
once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon
all the ground let there be dew.
] And God did so that
night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the
] Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were
with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that
the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill
of Moreh, in the valley.
] And the LORD said unto Gideon,
The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites
into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine
own hand hath saved me.
] Now therefore go to, proclaim in
the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him
return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the
people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them
down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall
be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same
shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go
with thee, the same shall not go.
] So he brought down the
people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that
lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou
set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to
] And the number of them that lapped, putting their
hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the
people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
] And the
LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save
you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other
people go every man unto his place.
] So the people took
victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of
Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men:
and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.
it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get
thee down unto the host; for I have delivered it into thine hand.
But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Phurah thy servant down to the
] And thou shalt hear what they say; and afterward
shall thine hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he
down with Phurah his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were
in the host.
] And the Midianites and the Amalekites and
all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers
for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the
sea side for multitude.
] And when Gideon was come, behold,
there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I
dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host
of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and
overturned it, that the tent lay along.
] And his fellow
answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son
of Joash, a man of Israel: for into his hand hath God delivered Midian,
and all the host.
] And it was so, when Gideon heard the
telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he
worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for
the LORD hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a
trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the
] And he said unto them, Look on me, and do
likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall
be that, as I do, so shall ye do.
] When I blow with a
trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on
every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of
] So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with
him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle
watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets,
and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.
] And the
three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the
lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow
withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the
host ran, and cried, and fled.
] And the three hundred blew
the trumpets, and the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow,
even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Beth-shittah in
Zererath, and to the border of Abel-meholah, unto Tabbath.
And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali, and
out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after the Midianites.
] And Gideon sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim,
saying, Come down against the Midianites, and take before them the
waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered
themselves together, and took the waters unto Beth-barah and Jordan.
] And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb and Zeeb;
and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the
winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian, and brought the heads of Oreb and
Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan.
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