Judges 6 ©
The Israelites for their sin are oppressed by Midian. They cry to God; a prophet is sent to reprove them. An angel sendeth Gideon to deliver them. Gideon asketh a sign; he bringeth flesh, broth, and bread, to the angel, which are all miraculously consumed with fire. Gideon destroyeth Baal's altar and grove, and sacrificeth upon an altar which he built unto the Lord. The men of his city require him to be put to death; his father defendeth him, and giveth him the name of Jerubbaal. Gideon gathereth an army to fight the Midianites. The double sign granted according to his prayer.
¶And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,
That the LORD sent 3a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, mThus saith the LORD God of Israel, nI 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 their land;
¶And there came an rangel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in sOphrah, that pertained unto Joash the tAbi-ezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, 4to hide it from the Midianites.
And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, vwhy then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles wwhich our fathers told us of, saying, xDid not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? ybut now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
¶fAnd Gideon went in, and made ready 7a 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.
¶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 ithere rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. jThen the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
Then mGideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it 8Jehovah-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, nTake thy father's young bullock, 9even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the ogrove that is by it:
¶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 enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing.
And Joash said unto all that stood against him, uWill ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will vplead 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 12Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.
And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was 15gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
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 ebowl full of water.
And Gideon said unto God, fLet 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 gdry 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 ground.