The Bible in Its Traditions

Judges 6:11–24

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11  And the angel of YHWH came, and sat under the terebinth which was in Ophrah, that belonged unto Joash the Abiezrite; and his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

11  And I said to you, I am the Lord your God: ye shall not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but ye hearkened not to my voice.

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12  And the angel of YHWH appeared unto him, and said unto him: 'YHWH is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.'

12  And an angel of the Lord came, and sat down under the fir tree, which was in Ephratha in the land of Joas father of Esdri; and Gedeon his son was threshing wheat in a wine-press in order to escape from the face of Madiam.

12  Then an Angel of the Lord arrived, and he sat under an oak tree, which was at Ophrah, and which belonged to Joash, the father of the family of Ezri. And while his son Gideon was threshing and cleaning the grain at the winepress, so that he might flee from Midian,

13  And Gideon said unto him: 'Oh, my lord, if YHWH be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where are all His wondrous works which our fathers told us of, saying: Did not the YHWH bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath cast us off, and delivered us into the hand of Midian.'

13  And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty in strength.

13  the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and he said: “The Lord is with you, most valiant of men.”

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14  And YHWH turned towards him, and said: 'Go in this thy might, and save Israel from the hand of Midian; have not I sent thee?'

14  And Gedeon said to him, Be gracious with me, my Lord: but if the Lord is with us, why have these evils found us? and where are all his miracles, which our fathers have related to us, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt? and now he has cast us out, and given us into the hand of Madiam.

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15  And he said unto him: 'Oh, my lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.'

15  And the angel of the Lord turned to him, and said, Go in this thy strength, and thou shalt save Israel out of the hand of Madiam: behold, I have sent thee.

15  And the Lord looked down upon him, and he said: “Go forth with this, your strength, and you shall free Israel from the hand of Midian. Know that I have sent you.”

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16  And YHWH said unto him: 'Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.'

16  And Gedeon said to him, Be gracious with me, my Lord: whereby shall I save Israel? behold, my thousand is weakened in Manasse, and I am the least in my father’s house.

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17  And he said unto him: 'If now I have found favour in thy sight, then show me a sign that it is thou that talkest with me.

17  And the angel of the Lord said to him, The Lord shall be with thee, and thou shalt smite Madiam as one man.

17  And the Lord said to him: “I will be with you. And so, you shall cut down Midian as if one man.”

18  Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and lay it before thee.' And he said: 'I will tarry until thou come back.'

18  And Gedeon said to him, If now I have found mercy in thine eyes, and thou wilt do this day for me all that thou hast spoken of with me,

18  And he said: “If I have found grace before you, give me a sign that it is you who is speaking to me.

19  And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of meal; the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the terebinth, and presented it.

19  depart not hence until I come to thee, and I will bring forth an offering and offer it before thee: and he said, I will remain until thou return.

19  And may you not withdraw from here, until I return to you, carrying a sacrifice and offering it to you.” And he responded, “I will wait for your return.”

20  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 so.

20  And Gedeon went in, and prepared a kid of the goats, and an ephah of fine flour unleavened; and he put the flesh in the basket, and poured the broth into the pot, and brought them forth to him under the turpentine tree, and drew nigh.

20  And so Gideon entered, and he boiled a goat, and he made unleavened bread from a measure of flour. And setting the flesh in a basket, and putting the broth of the flesh in a pot, he took it all under the oak tree, and he offered it to him.

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21  Then the angel of YHWH put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there went up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and the angel of the YHWH departed out of his sight.

21  And the angel of God said to him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and put them on that rock, and pour out the broth close by: and he did so.

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22  And Gideon saw that he was the angel of YHWH; and Gideon said: 'Alas, O Lord GOD! forasmuch as I have seen the angel of the YHWH face to face.'

22  And the angel of the Lord stretched out the end of the rod that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened bread; and fire came up out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened bread, and the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight.

22  And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O LORD God! for I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face.

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23  And YHWH said unto him: 'Peace be unto thee; fear not; thou shalt not die.'

23  And Gedeon saw that he was an angel of the Lord; and Gedeon said, Ah, ah, Lord my God! for I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.

24  Then Gideon built an altar there unto YHWH, and called it 'Adonai-shalom'; unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

24  And the Lord said to him, Peace be to thee, fear not, thou shalt not die.