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Judges 6:33

ESV Now all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East came together, and they crossed the Jordan and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel.
NIV Now all the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples joined forces and crossed over the Jordan and camped in the Valley of Jezreel.
NASB Then all the Midianites, the Amalekites, and the people of the east assembled together; and they crossed over and camped in the Valley of Jezreel.
CSB All the Midianites, Amalekites, and people of the east gathered together, crossed over the Jordan, and camped in the Jezreel Valley.
NLT Soon afterward the armies of Midian, Amalek, and the people of the east formed an alliance against Israel and crossed the Jordan, camping in the valley of Jezreel.
KJV Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.

What does Judges 6:33 mean?

At the time The Angel of the Lord came to call Gideon (Judges 6:11–12), Gideon was attempting to hide food from marauding Midianites. This means these events—including Gideon's demolition of a pagan altar (Judges 6:25–28)—happened at the time of year when such raids were common. Midianites, Amalekites, and their allies from the east of the Jordan River invaded the land of Canaan. They camped in vast numbers in the Valley of Jezreel. Each year, they would take crops and livestock from the Israelites—anything that could be used for food. Israel had been helpless against them for seven years (Judges 6:1–5).

The Valley of Jezreel is named for the town at its eastern end. It runs about 15 miles, or 24 kilometers, between the range of hills known as Carmel and the lower part of Galilee. It is sometimes called the plain of Megiddo and has been the site of major battles throughout history. One day, this naturally perfect battlefield will host what is known as the Battle of Armageddon; this name is derived from the name of Mount Megiddo.

At this moment, the valley is packed with camels and tents full of the pillagers from across the Jordan. This time, though, Yahweh has raised up a deliverer. Things will go differently.
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