Judges 8 ©
The Ephraimites are offended with Gideon: he pacifieth them. The men of Succoth and Penuel insolently refuse relief to Gideon's army. Zebab and Zalmunna are taken prisoners. Succoth and Penuel are chastised. Gideon revengeth the death of his brethren on Zebab and Zalmunna. He refuseth the government which the people offer him, but asketh for the earrings of their prey, whereof he maketh an ephod: which becometh a cause of idolatry. Midian is totally subdued. Gideon's children. His death, and the subsequent idolatry and ingratitude of the Israelites.
AND athe men of Ephraim said unto him, 1Why hast thou served us thus, that thou calledst us not, when thou wentest to fight with the Midianites? And they did *chide with him 2sharply.
And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, ithen I will 4tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.
¶And Gideon the son of Joash returned from battle before the sun was up,
And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, with whom ye did *upbraid me, saying, Are sthe hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thine hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary?
And he said, They were my brethren, even the sons of my mother: as ythe LORD liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.
And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey.
And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside gornaments, and 11collars, and hpurple *raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the ichains that were about their camels' necks.
And Gideon jmade an *ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even kin Ophrah: and all Israel lwent thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.