Judges 6:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 6:14, NIV: The LORD turned to him and said, 'Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?'

Judges 6:14, ESV: And the LORD turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?”

Judges 6:14, KJV: 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?

Judges 6:14, NASB: And the LORD looked at him and said, 'Go in this strength of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian. Have I not sent you?'

Judges 6:14, NLT: Then the LORD turned to him and said, 'Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!'

Judges 6:14, CSB: The Lord turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the grasp of Midian. I am sending you! "

What does Judges 6:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

One reason this appearance (Judges 6:11–13) of "the angel of the LORD" is thought to be a pre-incarnate manifestation of Christ is that His name is shortened in this verse to "the Lord." The Being speaking to Gideon is now labeled using the same terminology reserved for God.

Gideon responded to the Angels' announcement—that the Lord was with him—with bitter skepticism. He struggled to believe that could be true, given what was happening to Israel (Judges 6:1–6). The Lord seems to ignore both Gideon's skepticism and his question. He simply tells Gideon to go. Once again, the Angel implies that Gideon is a powerful man (Judges 6:12), despite finding him hiding his food from raiders (Judges 6:11). This implies that the source of Gideon's strength is the very idea to which Gideon objected. When God is with someone, that person is mighty.

Gideon will respond to this call with hesitation and skepticism (Judges 6:17, 27, 36–40). Still, there is an irony in the way Gideon's observation about Israel's plight was immediately followed by a command from the Lord to go and fix it with the power of the Lord. Complaining to God about what's broken sometimes results in being recruited by God to take on responsibility for making the situation right.