Judges 6:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 6:18, NIV: Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.' And the LORD said, 'I will wait until you return.'

Judges 6:18, ESV: Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay till you return.”

Judges 6:18, KJV: 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.

Judges 6:18, NASB: Please do not depart from here until I come back to You, and bring out my offering and lay it before You.' And He said, 'I will remain until you return.'

Judges 6:18, NLT: Don't go away until I come back and bring my offering to you.' He answered, 'I will stay here until you return.'

Judges 6:18, CSB: Please do not leave this place until I return to you. Let me bring my gift and set it before you."And he said, "I will stay until you return."

What does Judges 6:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

God has come in the form of a traveler (Judges 6:11–12) and announced to Gideon that He is with him. The Lord commanded Gideon to go and save Israel from the Midianites, an impossible-sounding task (Judges 6:13–16). Gideon's story includes many moments where he expresses a combination of skepticism, fear, and doubt. In this case, he might have thought he's found a method to "explain away" the conversation. This Person introduced as "the angel of the Lord" apparently looks like any other man. So, Gideon has asked for a sign to prove the Angel is the Lord.

It's not clear what sign Gideon has in mind. He simply asks the Angel to wait while he goes to prepare a gift. The word used here is min'hāt, from the same root word used for sacrifices, tributes, and offerings. The Lord agrees to wait where He is until Gideon returns. The present Gideon brings back is a sign of profound respect and hospitality which also gives an opportunity to witness God's power (Judges 6:19–21).