Judges 6:34 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 6:34, NIV: Then the Spirit of the LORD came on Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, summoning the Abiezrites to follow him.

Judges 6:34, ESV: But the Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him.

Judges 6:34, KJV: But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.

Judges 6:34, NASB: So the Spirit of the LORD covered Gideon like clothing; and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called together to follow him.

Judges 6:34, NLT: Then the Spirit of the LORD took possession of Gideon. He blew a ram's horn as a call to arms, and the men of the clan of Abiezer came to him.

Judges 6:34, CSB: The Spirit of the Lord enveloped Gideon, and he blew the ram's horn and the Abiezrites rallied behind him.

What does Judges 6:34 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A remarkable thing happens in this verse. When God first called Gideon, he was literally hiding from the enemy (Judges 6:11–12). His first response to the Lord's call was a request for a miraculous confirmation (Judges 6:17). Gideon had described himself as the least of his father's household and from the weakest of the clans of his tribe (Judges 6:15). Implied in this analysis was an assumption that no one would ever want to follow him into battle. The Lord simply responded that He would be with Gideon (Judges 6:16).

Now the Lord comes to Gideon in an undeniably powerful way. The Holy Spirit surrounds and empowers Gideon—the text symbolically depicts this as being like clothing. The very power of God comes to rest in and on Gideon in the form of God's own Spirit. The evidence of this, to Gideon and everyone else, is that when lowly, timid, controversial Gideon (Judges 6:29–30) sounds the trumpet to battle invading Midianites, everyone follows.

This begins with the people of his own clan, the Abiezrites. Some of these same people had called for Gideon to be killed in the previous verses. Now his clansmen come to fight by his side. It's possible he gained their respect when he boldly tore down the Baal altar—but it's also likely the Lord's Spirit is at work through Gideon. This sudden fervor is contagious, and other tribes will follow suit (Judges 6:35).