Judges 6:35 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Judges 6:35, NIV: He sent messengers throughout Manasseh, calling them to arms, and also into Asher, Zebulun and Naphtali, so that they too went up to meet them.

Judges 6:35, ESV: And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they too were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they went up to meet them.

Judges 6:35, KJV: And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

Judges 6:35, NASB: And he sent messengers throughout Manasseh, and they also were called together to follow him; and he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they came up to meet them.

Judges 6:35, NLT: He also sent messengers throughout Manasseh, Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, summoning their warriors, and all of them responded.

Judges 6:35, CSB: He sent messengers throughout all of Manasseh, who rallied behind him. He also sent messengers throughout Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, who also came to meet him.

What does Judges 6:35 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Gideon resisted the Lord's call because he carried so little influence among the people of Israel (Judges 6:15). The Lord promised to be with Gideon (Judges 6:16). Now that the Spirit of the Lord has covered Gideon, the people seem eager to follow him. He sounded the ram's horn trumpet, the shofar, first for his own clansmen, the Abiezrites. They responded (Judges 6:34).

Now Gideon expands the call to battle against the Midianites. He sends messengers throughout the territory of his tribe Manasseh, then throughout the neighboring tribes of Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali. The call is answered throughout those lands. The people are ready to gather and follow Gideon into the fight. This is another amazing confirmation of God's power and the truth of His predictions to Gideon.

Despite these signs, and even with the empowering of the Holy Spirit, Gideon still struggles with crippling doubt and insecurity. Even now, as the battle is imminent, he will seek increasingly unreasonable signs from God (Judges 6:36–40).